July
03
Posted on 03-07-2007
Filed Under (Food) by Brian

I’m not a really big fan of Asian food.  I’m the one who groans and says “can’t we just have pizza?” when everyone wants to go out for Chinese.  Lately, though, I’ve actually been making my own beef stir fry and it’s pretty good. 

I should also mention that I really don’t like vegetables.  Last night, I made this stir fry and actually enjoyed the snap peas.  I ate quite a few of them. 

Ingredients

1 lb of beef sliced into 2-3″ pieces

1 Tbs. soy sauce

2 tsp. ground ginger

3 cloves of garlic (minced)

3 Tbs. sherry

1/2  lb sugar snap peas

Peanut oil

1/2 cup beef broth

1 Tbs corn starch

2 Tbs water

Instructions

1)  Combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic and sherry.  Pour it over the meat and marinate for 10 minutes to 1 hour.

2)  Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.  Toss in the peas and boil for 1 minute.  Drain the peas.

3)  Remove the beef from the marinade and discard the marinade

4)  Coat a wok or skillet in peanut oil and heat over high heat.  Stir-fry the beef for 4-5 minutes.  Add the peas.

5)  Add the beef broth to the mixture and cook for 3 minutes

6)  Mix the cornstarch with the water until smooth.  Add to the beef mixture and simmer 3 minutes.

7)  Cook until the sauce thickens

Nutrition Facts (Guesses)

Serving size (4Oz)

Calories: 211

Fat: 7g

Saturated fat: 2 g

Protein: 27 g

Carbohydrate: 8 g

Dietary fiber: 2 g

For added carbohydrates, I eat this stir fry on a bed of sushi rice.   I also sprinkle fried chow mein noodles on top – that’s not very healthy, but it’s still pretty tasty without them.

Today’s workout was on the stationary bike:

Planned workout

10 minutes warmup

30 minutes cycling at 80-90% max heart rate

5 minutes cool down

Actual workout

10 minutes warmup

30 minutes cycling at 75-90% max heart rate

5 minutes cool down

Location: stationary bike on level 7

I thought that by increasing the resistance, I would be able to get my heart rate into the target zone more quickly.  I never really even hit 80% for any significant length of time.  It was only in the last 10 minutes or so that I was in the 80% to 90% range and even then, I was dipping below 80% on occassion.  It’s not like I was slacking either.  I was hitting 120+ RPMs even on some of the “hills”.

Next week, I think I’ll increase the time I’m on the bike in order to maintain a greater amount of time in my target zone.

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