What a week! It was busy, full of ups and downs, but, in the end, overall positive. The best news is that I was accepted into an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program!
In all the craziness, we also had our first frost on Friday night. The red bell peppers in my garden mostly didn’t ripen, but green peppers are good, too. I spent most of Saturday afternoon prepping vegetables-the last of the peppers from the garden, plus everything I got in our CSA box on Friday. We picked all the ripe tomatoes, and I’m covering the plants in the hopes of getting a few more to ripen. Amazingly, the squash plants that I thought were done have started producing again, so maybe we will get a few more decent sized ones. The weather is supposed to warm up again.
I was so excited to see that the farm left the tops on our beets this week. (Usually, they cut them off and use them for their juicing box.) I immediately decided to make a stir fry. I found a Thai Basil stir fry sauce in the Oriental foods section at the grocery store, and it gave this an amazing flavor! My husband says this is “a keeper.”
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 pound sirloin, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 beets, roots peeled and cut into matchsticks, greens washed and trimmed
- 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ¾ cup Thai Basil stir fry sauce
- 2 cups cooked rice
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in wok. Stir fry sirloin and garlic until meat is desired doneness. Remove from wok.
- Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. Add beet roots and carrots, stir fry until the vegetables start to soften, about 7 minutes.
- Add onion and bell pepper to the wok. Continue to stir fry about 3 minutes.
- Add beet greens, stir fry until greens are wilted and vegetables are tender-crisp.
- Return beef to pan, stir fry to combine.
- Pour stir fry sauce over, continue to stir fry until sauce is heated through. Serve over rice.