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Another easy gem made from Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips. Of course – real beef could be used. Green pepper beef is my bad-ass boyfriend Miles’ favorite Chinese dish so I expect I will post an actual meat version of this some time down the line.
Easy as can be & rather delicious. Mine was a bit on the salty side so be sure to use the low sodium soy sauce. I added dark soy sauce but if you cannot find this – omit it. I used a vegetarian oyster sauce. As with the dark soy – if you cannot find it – omit it.
I bought white rice from a local Thai joynt – hence the take-out container.
Spicy Vegan Chinese Green Pepper Beef
Serves two pretty easily
8 oz Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips (or other vegan meat) – or real beef
1/2 onion – sliced thin
1 1/2 bell peppers – colors of your choice – sliced thin
1 cup water
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 TBS dark soy sauce (optional)
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBS crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1 TBS ginger – minced
6 garlic cloves – minced
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS rice wine vinegar
1 TBS vegetarian oyster sauce (optional)
Cooked rice of your choice
Toss the meat in a few TBS of cornstarch to coat it.
Heat a TBS or 2 of olive oil in a saute pan over high heat. Sear the meat & the crushed red pepper until it browns a bit on all sides. Set it aside in a bowl.
Add another TBS of olive oil to the pan & cook the onions & peppers over medium heat until soft. Put them in the bowl with the meat.
Add another TBS of olive oil to the pan & add the garlic & ginger. After one minute add the soy sauces, water, black pepper, brown sugar, rice vinegar & oyster sauce. Bring to a boil & let it thicken just a bit. Add the meat & peppers & stir to blend. Cook it down until the sauce is as thick as you want it & serve over rice. YUM!