Sometimes, when I make a dinner from my childhood, memories flood back from life growing up at home. Married and mom life is great!… busy, but great :) I would not give it up for anything in this world. I adore it and treasure it.
But sometimes, I would do anything to live one more day at home, my parents home, just to let them know how much I appreciated them at the time. I think sometimes (actually most of the time) I took for granted the simple things that came with being a “kid”. Mom doing my laundry, mom cleaning the house, dad answering just about any homework/technical question I had on the spot, dad and mom both killing the spiders when I couldn’t even stand the site of it, parents paying the bills I never saw and mom always having a meal prepared, no matter how busy she was.
When I am cooking the meals my mom cooked for me, the smell takes me back to those simple days and the wonderful parents I have and makes me want to be that for my kids. I want my little girl and boy (and any other kids that may enter our home) to have the same experiences I have, where one day they are taken back to our home through a memory, no matter what point they are at in their lives, and remember that they had it good. I want the smell of a familiar recipe to remind them of me. Is that weird? Memories are such a huge part of life, at least in my opinion. They let us recall specific times, specific faces, specific voices, specific smells and specific places. I never want to lose a single one of my memories. Ever.
My mom made this all the time for us growing up. Since moving out, I cannot remember the last time I had it. I almost forgot about it actually, between my college life and now, it just somehow slipped through the cracks. The other day, I pulled out all the recipe cookbooks my mom handed down to me and noticed a page marker. I opened to it and saw this recipe. I could not believe it… how had I forgotten about this recipe?! I could hardly wait to make it for my own family. It comes from Taste of Home’s Casserole Cookbook and I adapted it just slightly to mute the spice so my kids would enjoy it. It was one of my absolute favorite dinners as a kid, and I am sure it will become a favorite in your home, too!
Asian Beef Noodles
By August 25, 2012Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
A super easy dinner and one your whole family will enjoy!
- 1 (3 oz.) package beef-flavored ramen noodles reserve packet for later
- 1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak cut 3/4 inch thick
- 1 Tbsp. garlic
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. steak sauce
- 1 medium carrot shredded
- 2 Tbsp. sliced green onion
- 1/4 cup peanut halves optional
- Set aside seasoning packet from noodles. Prepare noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
- Cut steak into 3 inch by 1/2 inch strips. In a large skillet, stir-fry the beef and garlic in oil for 1-2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Remove from skillet and keep warm.
- In the same skillet, combine noodles, water, steak sauce, carrot, onion and contents of seasoning packet. Cook and stir until heated through. Return beef to the pan. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve immediately.
(recipe adapted from Taste of Home’s Casserole Cookbook)