Simple food can taste great.

This is the story of a weekday evening meal that didn’t take long to prepare but can be prepared the night before for a ten minute finish on the day.

The fridge had two pieces of minute steak left over from a previous meal and a normal selection of vegetables.

There is also a quick dessert idea at the end. A not so normal selection of fruit but this can be done using any fruit you like.

Beef Stir Fry with rice noodles or courgetti serving options. (Served three)


  • 2 slices of beef minute steak, visible fat removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 packet of baby sweet corn, quartered lengthways
  • 1 packet of mange tout, halved
  • 1 courgette spiralized or sliced using potato peeler
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 cm ginger, grated
  • Juice of one lemon (and zest if you like it zesty) or a good glug from a bottle of lemon juice
  • 2 portions of rice noodles (or egg noodles if you prefer)

  • Soy sauce


Before starting

Before starting, all the meat and veg prep can be done the night before and left in the fridge ready for cooking. This includes steps one and two below, the flavour will only get stronger. The cooking time is about ten minutes.

  1. Mix the beef with the ginger, garlic and splash of soy sauce. Cover and put to one side.
  2. Mix the courgetti with the lemon juice and add black pepper to your taste. Put to one side.
  3. Cover the rice noodles with boiling water and out to one side.
  4. Add the courgetti to a pan and cook, string gently.
  5. Heat a wok or frying pan, sprayed with 1 calorie oil.
  6. Add the beef mix and stir fry until the beef is an even brown all over.
  7. Add the vegetables and stir fry for two or three minutes.
  8. Add a good glug of soy sauce and cook for another three minutes.
  9. Drain the rice noodles and serve.

I also made a quick pudding to go with this. I mixed melon pieces with orange pieces, keeping all the juice. I had some Passion Fruit in my veg box this week so took the pulp from one and mixed it with yoghurt and dolloped it on top. I added a little sugar free syrup on top for extra sweetness.

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