When you set your alarm at night, are you the type that is really ambitious and sets the alarm about an hour or two before you have to get ready for the day? Or are you the type of person that sucks in every last second of sleep before you have to go to work or get up with the kids?
My husband, god love him, is the ambitious type. He likes to have an hour of free time in the morning to either work out or work on the computer before he has to shower and dress for work. So he often decides to set his alarm for 4:30am. Now there are two issues with him setting the alarm that early. The first being I sleep in the same bed obviously, so his alarm wakes me up as well. The second issue that he never actually HEARS the alarm go off at 4:30 because he is in such a deep sleep- the man gets home from work at 9:30-10pm, he isn't even in bed till 12am most nights, how he thinks he can get away with 4.5 hours of sleep is beyond me. So I have to be like "Stevie... Stevie... STEVIE... STEVIE.... STEVIE WAKE THE FUCK UP! Your alarm has been going off for like 600 hours!!" When that does work I resort to violence. No not really, I rip all the blankets from him and give him a good shove out of bed. At this point he usually looks at his phone, realizes that it is not even 5am and could realistically get a few more minutes of sleep and have plenty of time to enjoy his morning... so he sets it AGAIN to go off in 15 minutes. At this point I can not go back to sleep so I get up and make our coffee and start packing his lunch.
This scene plays out almost every single day (even on Saturdays and Sundays because he works weekends) and it has for years. It is amazing that I have not divorced him yet over this one little annoying alarm routine. As if I am not tired enough because I am the one on kid duty... it never fails I get woken up at least once a night if not three times by one of the kids needing something. FYI today is Saturday and he woke me up at 4:45am with his alarm... so now I am up writing you this blog post!
Lucky for you, I am up before the three kids are underfoot and can get this recipe up to share just before Valentine's Day starts. I love this meal for a quick easy take out fix. It costs a fraction of what takeout does and is a million times healthier. Not only that my annoying husband loves any Asian inspired dish. So things like this are made several times a week in our house. If you are planning on ordering takeout tonight try this instead. Heck even pair it with these crab rangoons and you will question why you ever spent the money on Chinese food.
Easy Teriyaki Steak with Snow Peas and Mushrooms
1.5 lbs skirt steak sliced against the grain in thin strips
3 tbs mirin
3 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs sake
2 tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbs garlic minced
2 cups snow peas
1 cup sliced mushrooms ( I used what I had on hand)
2 tbs light olive oil
Scallions for serving
In a ziplock bag add steak slices, miring, soy sauce, sake, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Give a light toss, seal and refrigerate for a few hours. I typically do this in the morning, and then prepare the meal at dinner time.
Heat olive oil in a wok over high heat.
Toss in the steak, marinade and all into the pan.
Add in snow peas and mushrooms at once, stir fry everything until the steak has browned and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. The sugars in the marinade should thicken the sauce plenty during the cook time that no thickening agents (corn starch or flour) are needed.