I’m on the hunt for new recipes!  Yep, I’ve run out of my tried and true ones.  I told you I didn’t cook that much.  So, I’ll be trying new ones and sharing with you.

I found this one on the Kraft Foods website.  I used a recipe similar to this one from a Kraft Foods and Family magazine years ago and was hunting for it on their website, but found this one instead.

The G report – he claims that he doesn’t like it.  He whines when he sees that I’m making it.  For him, since he loves steak, I call it Steak Noodle Bowl.  For a boy that claims that he doesn’t like it, he finished his whole bowl without us having to encourage him.  So, I think this means he likes it but doesn’t want to admit it.

Beef Noodle Bowl

1/2 lb linguine, uncooked
2 cups broccoli florets
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 tsp oil
1 lb beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
1/4 cup Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
1 tbsp Teriyaki sauce

Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, adding vegetables to the boiling water for the last 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet.  Add meat; cook until browned on all sides, stirring occasionally.  Stir in dressing and teriyaki sauce; cook 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta mixture; place in large serving bowl.  Add mixture; toss to coat.

My Modifications:

It was pretty dry when I made it the first time.  So this time, I tweaked it a bit.  First, I used almost 1 1/2 pounds of meat (we like leftovers for lunches).  I also used 3/4 pound of linguine.  To accommodate the extra meat and pasta and to make sure that the dish wasn’t too dry, I tripled the dressing and teriyaki sauce.  I also added a bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder to the meat when it was cooking.  I should also note that I could not find the Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing at the local stores.  I did find the Light version and used it.  I’m not sure if that makes a difference or not.  I also took Kraft’s Special Extra suggestion and served it with dry roasted peanuts.  (No peanut allergies here – whew!)  I chopped the nuts and served them in a bowl at the table so everyone could determine how much they wanted.  It turned out great!  I was very happy with the changes.  Next time, I think instead of using garlic powder, I’ll add a few cloves of minced garlic.

Enjoying my dinner and being very pleased with myself, I started watching hubby eating and I sunk back down to reality.  He was doctoring his dish.  I guess it’s just really hard to please his palette.  I took a little bit more for seconds and asked what he did to doctor it up.  He used a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes and a few dashes of teriyaki sauce.  So, I tried it.  Yummy!  It turned a great dish into an awesome one!  Now, the kids would not have liked it if I made it that way – too much heat.  So, when I make it again, I don’t think I’ll add to the entire dish, but I might just add some to my plate.

Enjoy!

Manda