Do you ever get in a dinner rut?  You know, when you keep having the same food every day, with no variety or mixing it up?  I found myself in such a rut over the last couple of weeks.  Things just got so busy I didn’t have time to think about dinner until it was already time to make it.

A perfect weeknight dinner when you're tired of the same old thing. Less than 30 minutes to make!

I realized that in this rut I was eating 2 foods pretty much every night; chicken and pasta.  There were a couple different ways I cooked them, but that was basically all we had.

I had to do something, so I went digging through the freezer (not really digging because actually fairly organized at the moment) and found some stir fry steak strips I’d bought a while back.  Yay!  Something new!

The thing about dinners in my house is… if it’s not simple, it’s not happening.  Fortunately, this dish, was really simple and I’m pretty sure it will be making another appearance soon.

The first thing you’ll need is butter.  The second is garlic.  In my opinion, every recipe should start this way, and any recipe that does is okay in my book.  I took this opportunity to teach my 5-year-old how to use my garlic press, too, which was adorable.

Next add the mushrooms and brown them a bit.  Every time I cook mushrooms I hear that line from Julie/Julia movie; “Don’t crowd the mushrooms!”

Toss in the steak strips, then the broccoli.  It should only take a few minutes to cook.  When the meat is brown, pour the sauce over it and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until hot.  I like to serve it over plain white rice and let the sauce dribble down over the rice.  Yum!

Steak, Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 lb stir fry steak strips
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsbp teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce


  1. In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients until the sugar melts into the liquids, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet saute the butter and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add the mushrooms, spreading them out so they're in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the steak to the skillet and cook until browned. Reduce the heat, add the broccoli, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the broccoli is almost tender.
  4. Stir the sauce again, then pour over the steak. Toss to coat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce is hot.

A perfect weeknight dinner when you're tired of the same old thing. Less than 30 minutes to make!