Friday, November 6, 2015

Frugal Feasting Friday: $1.04 Per Person

Great tasting, 5 easy steps, one dish, low fat, less than 30 minutes and only $1.04 per person.  That's a perfect combination for a Frugal Feasting Friday recipe.  And to make it even better, for those with gluten restrictions, it's gluten free!

Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry

Step 1

3 c. water
1 1/2 c. uncooked rice

Bring water to a boil.  Add rice, cover and simmer on low until rice has absorbed all water.
Meanwhile, continue with steps 2 - 5.

Step 2

2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. minced garlic OR 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. beef steak, cut into thin strips (this is a perfect recipe for less expensive cuts of beef)
salt & pepper to taste

Sprinkle steak strips with salt and pepper.  Mix cornstarch, water and garlic into a slurry, pour over steak strips and toss to coat.

Step 3

2 Tbsp. cooking oil

Heat oil n a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.  When oil is screaming hot stir-fry beef until beef is no longer pink.  Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and tent with foil to keep warm.

Step 4

1 head broccoli, cut into florets and 1 in. pieces OR 1 lb. frozen broccoli, cut into 1 in. pieces.
1 onion, cut into 1 in. chunks

Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes.  Return beef to pan.

Step 5

1/3 c. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger OR 1 tsp. ground dried ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. water

Stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, cornstarch and water until mixed well.  Add to the vegetables and beef.  Cook and stir until sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.  Serve over hot cooked rice.

Serves 6

Prep Tip:  To get the beef strips extra thin, use a sharp knife to cut the meat while it is slightly frozen.

Cost Breakdown:

Beef Steak:  $4.29 (inexpensive cut of beef purchased on sale)
Onion:  $0.00 from our garden
Broccoli:  $0.00 from our garden
Rice:  $1.19
Condiments/Seasonings:  $0.75

TOTAL = $6.23 OR $1.04 per person
(Store bought broccoli and onion increases the cost to only $7.95 OR $1.33 per person)


  1. That looks AMAZING!!!
    I wish my family would eat it!

    Have a great weekend!
    Much Love,
    Mrs. A

  2. Hello my dear Sister,

    Although your family won't eat it ... It would make a terrific luncheon meal for your exercise buddies after a work out. If you cook your rice and prep your veggies, beef, and sauce before the workout session, the stir fry portion is cooked and ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. It can also be made ahead of time, just re-heat the rice in the micro. and use the crock pot's lowest setting to keep the beef with broccoli warm during your workouts.

    I love you more,

  3. That is a fantabulous idea!! I can always count on you to come up with a way that I can enjoy you wonderful recipes!!

    I love you bigger than BIG!!
    Mrs. A


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