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Orange Beef Stir Fry

Orange Beef Stir Fry - Quick and easy stir fry recipe, perfect main dinner recipe. This orange beef stir fry is incredibly tasty! Amateurchef.co.uk

Rach and I will often enjoy a nice Stir Fry every so often, often with rice than noodles. Usually we will use chicken or pork, this time however I wanted a nice beef stir fry. Although wanted to give it a nice extra taste and that’s when I thought of making a nice orange sauce, giving the beef an extra flavour.

The first thing I did was chop the onions and heat some oil in a saucepan, once the oil was hot I placed the chopped onions and cooked until they were transparent. I then added sliced peppers and chopped broccoli and gave this a good mix and left it to cook on a medium heat, stirring often to ensure it didn’t stick.


Whilst the vegetables are cooking I then wanted to brown off the beef to ensure it was cooked. In another saucepan place the beef along with some oil and cook until it’s browned, once it has take it off the heat. In a bowl mix the zest of 1 orange and the juice of one orange, add 2 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 garlic gloves minced.

Put this sauce into into the same pan that the beef was cooked in and cooked until it has reduced into a thicker sauce. Once this was done I added the beef with the vegetables and poured in the sauce, giving it a good mix until it was all coated with the sauce.

Now is the perfect time to start doing the rice, place it into a saucepan of hot water and boil until the rice is cooked. Spoon the rice onto a plate, top with the stir fry and drizzle any remaining sauce over the top. Now it’s time to enjoy!!

I really enjoyed this dish as found it really gave the beef and the vegetables a little extra flavour, it is however important not to put too much orange in as it can become a little overpowering. Depending on how you like your vegetables, you may want to adjust the cooking time.

I prefer them to not have too much crunch so tend to cook them until soft, if you do like that crunch then cook them for a little less. In terms of the beef I did use beef stir fry strips but if you want some extra flavour then id recommend cooking a couple of sirloin steaks and slicing these up, again cooking to make sure it’s fully browned off on either side.

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Orange Beef Stir Fry - Quick and easy stir fry recipe, perfect main dinner recipe. This orange beef stir fry is incredibly tasty! Amateurchef.co.uk
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Orange Beef Stir Fry
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
I love stir fry, its perfect for a quick evening meal. The orange does give it an extra flavour which really makes it stand out a bit
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 802 kcal
Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 1 Yellow Pepper Sliced
  • 1 Broccoli chopped
  • 375 G Beef Strips
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons of Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 garlic cloved minced
  • Hand full of Basmati rice
Instructions
  1. On a saucepan add oil and heat, once hot add the chopped onions and stir until transparent
  2. Add the sliced peppers and broccoli and continue to cook on a medium heat, continuing to stir to avoid sticking to the pan.
  3. In another saucepan add the beef and continue to cook until its been browned all over and take off the heat
  4. In a bowl mix the zest of 1 orange with the juice of the orange, add the soy sauce, honey and the garlic.
  5. Place the sauce in a saucepan and reduce until thick
  6. Stir in the beef with the vegetables and then add the sauce and mix until everything is coated with the sauce
  7. Boil some rice in a saucepan and when cooked put rice on a plate and top with the stri fry, drizzle any remaining sauce over the top
Nutrition Facts
Orange Beef Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 802 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 5.8g 29%
Cholesterol 118.1mg 39%
Sodium 1065.9mg 44%
Total Carbohydrates 99.5g 33%
Dietary Fiber 10.8g 43%
Sugars 32.6g
Protein 53.1g 106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Balsamic Slow Cooked Beef Stew

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I always find stew being comfort food, it’s one of those dishes that you want on a cold evening or just want a nice family cooked meal. When doing slow cooked beef, the meat tastes incredibly tender. With the addition of balsamic and a number of spices, it really adds some extra tasty flavours.

I made this stew using a casserole dish and cooking it slowly in the oven on a low heat, but it can also be cooked in a slow cooker with the same results. The first thing I wanted to make sure I did was cook with some nice quality beef. If you are looking for your meat to be tender then not only is it cooked slowly, you also need to make sure you use decent tender meat.


I purchased a nice joint of beef and sliced and diced this into smaller chunks. These chunks were placed into the casserole dish with chopped red pepper, green pepper, carrots, sweet potato and chopped onion.

This makes up the bulk of the slow cooked beef stew, you then want to add 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, 1L of beef stock and 1 tin of tomato puree to give it that extra flavour and thickness.

To give it that extra flavour I added two tablespoons of balsamic glaze, 1 tsp of ground garlic, 2 tsp of smoked paprika. Everything was stirred together to ensure all of spices are completely mixed together.

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I then placed the lid on the casserole dish and placed it into the oven on 75 degrees, where I left it to cook for 5-6 hours. By letting it cook for this amount of time you will not only cook the vegetables but also the beef will be very tasty and tender.

To accompany the balsamic slow cooked beef stew I wanted to have some tasty mash potato but wanted to give it a little extra flavour. I therefore wanted to make a nice spring onion mash with a yummy creamy texture. I started doing the mash after the stew had been in the oven for 5 hours, I peeled and chopped the potatoes into quarters and then chopped 3 spring onions and placed these into a saucepan with the potatoes and salted water.

I let these cook on a medium heat until the potatoes were soft enough to place a fork through. To give it that nice creamy taste I drained the water, added a good tablespoon of butter and some milk. This was then mashed for a good 5 minutes to ensure that it was nice and smooth without any lumps.

Prior to serving the balsamic slow cooked beef stew I added a good couple of tablespoons of gravy and mixed it up, this gave it that little extra thickness. I placed a good bit of mash on the plate and covered with the tasty stew….YUMMY!!

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Balsamic Slow Cooked Beef Stew
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 5 mins
 
Stew is perfect winter food, when its cold outside its nice to have something warm in your belly. The Balsamic adds a little extra flavour to the tender beef.
Course: Main
Cuisine: English
Servings: 4
Calories: 570 kcal
Ingredients
  • 600 g of diced beef
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes chopped
  • 1 Large onion chopped
  • 2 Tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 L of Beef stock
  • 1 Tin of tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 5 potatoes
  • 3 Spring onions
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • cup Halfof milk
  • 2 tbsp gravy granules
Instructions
  1. Chop the beef into chunks and place into a casserole dish
  2. Add the chopped red and green peppers along with chopped carrots, sweet potato and chopped onions.
  3. To these ingredients add the two tins of chopped tomato, the beef stock and 1 tin of tomato puree.
  4. Add the balsamic glaze along with the spices and give everything a good mix together
  5. Put the lid on and place it in a preheated oven at 75 degrees for 5-6 hours.
  6. When the stew is nearly ready, peel and chop the potatoes and place in a saucepan along with 3 spring onions chopped
  7. Add salted water to the saucepan and heat on a medium heat until the potatoes are soft
  8. Once the potatoes are done, drain the water, add the butter and milk and mash till all lumps are gone.
  9. Take the casserole out of the oven and add the gravy granules, mix until the granules have dissolved and the stew thickens.
  10. Place the mash on the plates and top with the balsamic slow cooked beef stew
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Slow Cooked Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570 Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.9g 23%
Saturated Fat 7.4g 37%
Cholesterol 112.8mg 38%
Sodium 711.2mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 66.8g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10.1g 40%
Sugars 13.1g
Protein 45.6g 91%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Recipe

Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Recipe

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I love beef and I love wine so this beef bourguignon is to me the perfect dish. This beef bourguignon slow cooker recipe is very easy to make and even though it does take some time to fully cook, as it’s been slow cooked it tastes great!

The first thing I would recommend doing is making sure you have some good quality diced beef, ideally id get this from a butchers. With the wine you don’t need to use an expensive bottle, the one I used was only £4 and actually tasted great. I would however suggest a nice full bodied red, I personally like Merlot but again it does depend on your own taste.


In a saucepan place the diced beef and allow this to seal, turn occasionally to make sure all sides are fully sealed. Whilst the beef is cooking put your oven on at around 150 degrees fan and allow it to get up to temperature. In another saucepan place the bacon that has been cubed, if you are wanting a lower fat option you can remove the fat from the bacon.

With the bacon add the sliced mushrooms, chopped garlic and shallots. Stir occasionally to avoid anything burning but leave until onions are transparent, mushrooms are soft and the bacon is cooked. Chop the carrots into 3 and then half these carrot barrels and place these into the saucepan with the mushrooms and add the diced beef and beef juices.

Pour half a bottle of the red wine and the beef stock to the mixture and fully mix together. I then added a tin of tomato puree and gave it a really good mix, I felt that this added some really additional flavour to it and compliments it. Add the herbs and pour everything into a large, deep casserole dish and put this into the oven.

It will take roughly 2-3 hours which is a decent amount of time but really makes the beef tender and tasty. Now was a perfect time for me to clean up as I had 2-3 hours to wait and I really do make a mess. It also gives you plenty of time to finish the other half of the wine….and maybe even open another bottle 😉

Once its done you want to then add a tablespoon of gravy granules and give them a good stir, this will help to thicken it up. To serve you could make some nice mash potato, id recommend sweet potato mash or use some swede…yummy! Add some chopped parsley to the top and enjoy with yet another nice glass of red wine.

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Beef Bourguignon Slow Cooker Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 mins
 
A nice slow cooked beef bourguignon is full of flavour and real comfort food on a cold winters night. Perfect with rice or nice mash potato
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 500 g good quality diced beef
  • 8 Rashers of bacon cubed
  • 250 g Closed cup mushrooms sliced
  • 4 Large Shallots sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves sliced
  • 5 Carrots
  • Half bottle of red wine
  • 1 litre of beef stock
  • 1 Small tin of tomato puree
  • 3 Sprigs of Parsley
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 3 Sprigs of Thyme
  • Tablespoon of Gravy Granules
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 150 degrees fan
  2. Cook the beef in a saucepan until fully sealed
  3. Whilst the beef is cooking place the bacon, mushrooms, Garlic and shallots into a large saucepan and cook until bacon is cooked and shallots are soft
  4. Combine the diced beef and juices with the additional ingredients and fully mix together.
  5. Cut the carrots into 3 barrels and then half these and place into the saucepan with additional ingredients
  6. Add half a bottle of red wine along with the beef stock and mix to combine
  7. Mix the tomato puree into the saucepan
  8. Put the contents into a deep casserole dish and add the parsley, bay leaves and thyme
  9. Place into the oven and cook for 2-3 hours
  10. before serving add the gravy granules and stir to thicken
  11. Serve on its own or with mash potato and garnish with parsley

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Low Fat Shepherds Pie Recipe

Shepherds pie to me is proper comfort food for me, perfect for a cold winter’s night. Shepherd’s Pie is also known as Cottage Pie and I do believe it originated from either Scotland or the North of England. I decided to make this dish for an evening after work, I have gone for a low fat option and is mostly suitable for anyone following the Slimming World diet – you may just need to miss out the grated cheese.

Traditionally Shepherd’s pie is packed full of minced beef, along with carrots, celery and onion. It is then topped with mash potato, however with this recipe I have combined mash potato with mash swede which tastes amazing!

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Low Fat Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Shepherds Pie to me is proper good grub and gives you that bit of comfort. This low fat option is just as nice but reduces the amount of calories
Cuisine: English
Servings: 4 People
Ingredients
  • 500 g Low Fat Beef Mince Below 5% Fat
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot Chopped
  • 1 Celery Chopped
  • 1 Swede Chopped
  • 4-5 potatoes Chopped
  • 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Puree
  • Bag of Grated Cheese
  • Frylight
Instructions
  1. Place the potato and swede into separate saucepans of water and cook until soft
  2. Pre-heat oven at around 180 degrees
  3. Spray large saucepan with fry light and heat on a medium heat
  4. Add chopped onions and cook for 10 minutes or until soft
  5. Once onions are soft add the beef mince, carrot and celery
  6. Continue to mix the ingredients until beef is cooked and vegetables are soft
  7. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, stir until fully combined.
  8. Mash the potato and swede, once both are mashed combined them in one saucepan and mix
  9. Put the beef mixture into a oven proof dish and spread the mash mixture over the top.
  10. Top the mash with the grated cheese and then bake in the oven
  11. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbling around the edges

How To Make Low Fat Shepherd’s Pie

The first thing that needs to be done is to make the topping as it can take some time for the swede and potato to become soft enough to mash. Both the potatoes and swede needs to be peeled and cut into smaller pieces, both wanted to then be placed into separate saucepans of boiling water.


I then put some fry light into a large saucepan, fry light is important if you are going for the low fat option. You may need to add a few additional sprays as you cook to ensure the ingredients don’t burn. The onions need to be added and cooked until they are soft, this may take 10 minutes or so. I also added a few bits of chopped garlic, to give it that extra bite.

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Once soft you want to add in the mince beef, carrots and celery. This needs to be stirred often until the beef is cooked. Many recipes now add beef stock however I like to add a tin of chopped tomatoes as I think it adds some extra taste and flavour.

As well as the tinned tomato, I also like to add a couple tablespoons of tomato puree. Stir all of this together to ensure that its all fully mixed. The potato and swede should be ready now, empty out the water and mash them. Mix the two together so that you have a nice mixture of potato and swede.

I then placed the Shepherd’s pie mixture into the dish and then poured the potato and swede on top. With a metal spoon I spread the mash across so that all of the beef mixture was covered.

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Other recipes will normally recommend adding egg to the mash to help brown and crisp it, I like to use grated cheese. Pour all the grated cheese over the top and then spread this to again ensure all of the mash is fully covered.

This will normally take around 20 minutes to cook, continue cooking until the cheese on the top is cooked and the edges are bubbling.

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I had the Shepherd’s pie combined with peas and mixed vegetables along with some homemade garlic bread….Yummy!! If you do make this, i’d love to know what you thought about it or what you would have changed 🙂

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Individual Beef Wellingtons

Individual Beef Wellingtons Recipe

I have made a large beef wellington before and it was very nice and looked great, it can be expensive and also takes time to make. When there are only a few of you a beef wellington is not always ideal, individual beef wellingtons however are perfect!

This recipe is not only incredible tasty, its fairly quick and easy to do. I would recommend it if you are wanting to make an impressive meal for 4 or even a nice romantic meal for a love one.

This recipe was inspired by Jamie Olivers Beef Wellington – his recipe can be found here

This Individual Beef Wellingtons Recipe will serve 2 people, if you want more than simply double the needed ingredients

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Individual Beef Wellingtons
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Beef wellington is an amazing dish to serve at a dinner party if you want to impress. These individual beef wellingtons are easy to do and perfect main course
Course: Main
Cuisine: English
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 Fillet steaks
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 200-300 g mixed mushrooms
  • 2 chicken livers
  • 25 g breadcrumbs
  • 250 g puff pastry
  • 1 Egg
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat a frying pan and season your fillets with a little oil and salt.
  2. Sear the beef to ensure that all sides are cooked
  3. Once sealed put the beef onto a plate to rest and return the pan to the cooker with a bit of oil
  4. Finely cut the onion, garlic and mushrooms and place in the frying pan
  5. Cook until onions and mushrooms are cooked and soft
  6. Chop the livers into smaller bits and add to the pan until cooked
  7. Take off the heat and mix in the breadcrumbs
  8. Preheat your oven to roughly 200 degrees
  9. Take a blog of 500g of puff pastry and cut into 4 equal sections, you will only need 2 of these
  10. Roll out of the segments so that it will completely cover the fillet steak
  11. Spread the mushroom mixture on the pastry
  12. Place the fillet steak onto the mixture with roughly 2 CM of pastry on one side
  13. Fold the other side so it completely goes over the fillet steak
  14. Mix the egg into a bowl and egg wash the cm gap and fold this over onto the other side of the pastry and seal it in place
  15. Egg Wash the sides and fold these over as though wrapping a gift
  16. Completely egg wash this side and then place it seam side down onto a baking try
  17. Ensure that you egg was the rest of the individual beef wellington
  18. Place the individual beef wellingtons into the oven and bake

Depending on how rare you want your individual beef wellingtons would alter the amount of time you cook it for. Roughly 15-20 minutes for rare and a little longer for medium/well done. I like my steak rare but I left it in the oven until it was well done as I want the pastry to be golden and crispy.

Once you are happy with it, take them out of the oven and let them rest for 10-20 minutes. Once you put the individual beef wellingtons into the oven you may want to think about what other things you are going to have with it. I would always recommend adding it with some carrots, greens and potatoes….yummy!!

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Homemade Beef Burger Recipe

Sometimes there is nothing better than comfy food, to me a nice burger and chips is the ultimate comfy food.

The problem is some of the burgers that you can buy are just not as tasty as a nice homemade ones, not only that but can often be high in fact content.

Here is a nice homemade beef burger recipe that tastes incredible!

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Homemade Beef Burger Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
I love a good burger, store brought ones tend to be full of water though. These homemade beef burgers taste incredible and have a high meat content
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: English
Servings: 6 Burgers
Ingredients
  • 750 g Good quality beef mince 5% fat
  • 1 whole Onion
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • Handful of parsley Chopped
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic cloves
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well until fully combined
  3. Divide the mixture into 8 balls of the same size
  4. Press them down to shape them into burgers
  5. Heat a griddle pan or frying pan
  6. brush both sides of the burger with oil or Fry-light if going for slimming option
  7. Cook on both sides to ensure its fully cooked

Once the burgers are cooked they would go perfectly on some nice fresh cobs, some salad and a nice batch of sweet potato chips! If you want a nice seasoning for sweet potato chips, check out the recipe – how to make sweet potato chips

I would probably be tempted to cut the onions slightly smaller but better texture as well as potentially add some cheese to give it that extra taste/binding. All in all this is a great recipe and perfect for a nice weekend lunch or even an evening meal when time is a little limited.

Planning a BBQ? Why buy burgers? It takes very little time to make you own and you can really experiment with different flavours! I know in the summer I am going to be a little adventurous, I wouldnt mind trying pork and apple burgers or even lamb and mint….yummy!!

I hope this Homemade beef burger recipe helps you make some incredible burgers, please comment below to let me know how you got on! 🙂

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