Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

I love the summer…I love the endless free time and ability to do anything that strikes my fancy.

I do have a long list of home projects that I am slowly crossing off, but I mostly want to ride my bike, read, hang out with friends and generally laze around.

With such a lack of routine, our dinners suffer. We end up getting together with people, or we go out, or I don’t really want to cook anything because it is hot and we just end up eating a frozen pizza that we cooked on the BBQ.

Our weekly meal plans have gone completely out the window…

I did, however, take a little time out of my busy schedule to try this delicious recipe.

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

I started by making the sauce.

In a small saucepan I mixed

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

I let that simmer away for about 7-8 minutes until it had reduced a bit. You won’t see much of a reduction, but it will help to thicken it up when you add it back to the beef later.

I took the beef stir fry meat and coated it in 1/4 cup of cornstarch and some salt and pepper.

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

In a shallow fry pan I let 1/2 a cup of oil heat up and then added in my beef so that there was only one layer. It will take 2 or 3 batches to cook all the beef, but it is worth it for the crispy, delicious result!

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

I cooked the beef for about 2 minutes on each side….more or less depending on the size of pieces. You want it to get nice and brown and crispy.


After each batch is cooked, transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to let the excess oil drain off.

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

Once all the meat is cooked, get rid of any of the leftover oil and put the meat and sauce back into the pan.

Let it cook until the sauce thickens up a bit.

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

Finish it off with sesame seeds and chopped green onion.

Sweet and Sticky Mongolian Beef #2

The verdict- So delicious! Unlike my previous Mongolian beef recipe, this one seemed like it got far more crispy which I love.

The Top Posts of (the last half) of 2013

I started this blog in July on the prompting of my husband, Andrew. For the last year or so, I had been making a meal plan and sending it to a friend who lives in Manitoba. He thought I should share these plans, recipes and anything else I do with the world.

(Notice how there are not any fitness posts…sigh, I just don’t know what to write about there…I do workout, but I feel like I don’t do anything life changing. Maybe I’ll think up some challenges that I can post on there in the New Year that we can all try together…)

But what is funny about it all is that Andrew thought it would die out after the summer was over. He thought I would have fun posting all the things I do in the summer but that once Worktime Melissa returned, there would be no room for that kind of fun.

Well boy was he wrong! I have really enjoyed blogging my meal plans and all the recipes I have tried. Now, I have to admit, I was unable to keep up my summer pace of 5 new posts a week. But as I got into a routine, 2 new posts a week was manageable.

Now as I have been trolling Pinterest the last few days, I have seen a lot of bloggers who have done a “best of list” for their loyal followers and I thought it would be really fun to do the same.

Thank you to all who faithfully read and use my blog. It is really fun to hear from you and to know that there are people literally around the world who are checking out Summertime Melissa. (Seriously…around the world! Italy, Germany, Brazil, Australia…hello to all of you! Thanks for finding me!)

Here are the top 10 posts for Summertime Melissa from the last 6 months!


1. Mongolian Beef and Rice

Thank you Katie Stemp-Burns! I believe this is the most popular post on my blog because you pinned this to one of your Pinterest boards.  It is also incredibly delicious…so maybe that is why it is so popular. If you have not tried this, please trust me, this is a winner!


2. Italian Wonderpot

After I posted this, I found a lot of views from Italy started pouring in. This meal is such a neat idea…throw everything in one pot, even the pasta, and let it simmer away until is has a risotto sort of consistency (and subsequently makes a total mess of the bottom of your pot). I found a variation of this recipe for chicken chow mein and I am looking forward to giving it a try in the New Year.


3. What’s in a Name?

This was my very first post, and I can’t believe after 86 posts, that this is still one of the most popular. I remember agonizing over this post. Writing, rewriting, reading, making Andrew read and reread it, and finally pushing that publish button that would start me on something I never thought I would enjoy as much as I have.


4. Frozen Pizza: The Unsung Hero of Suppertime

This post makes me laugh every time I read it. Andrew has such a witty way of writing, but the best part of this whole post is that he really does feel this strongly about pizza.

Jawbone Up

5. I Wear my Motivation on my Wrist

This was another one of my early posts. I still love my Jawbone Up and use it all the time. I have encouraged many of you to get one and be part of my team as well. And, I am happy to say that Andrew joined my Up team a few weeks ago after lots of hemming and hawing over whether he would use it or not. He loves it by the way…even if he only takes a measly 2000 steps a day (as compared to my 12, 000!)


6. Weekly Meal Plan August 12-16

I think this post is so popular because I pinned it on my recipe board on Pinterest. Also, this week of meals was especially delicious. Borscht, Mongolian beef and rice, salmon and beet salad and mulligatawny…Yum!


7. Cauliflower Chicken Alfredo

This recipe is one of those things that really seems too good to be true. I am a sucker for trying recipes that are supposed to replace bad-for-you things with good things…but they never really end up tasting as good. Well this one does! Made entirely of cauliflower, with a little cheese and garlic in there for good measure, you get a sauce that reminds me very much of Alfredo sauce. I STILL have some left in the freezer (I feel like I say I am going to use it but never get around to it) and now I really would like to pull it out and use it.

8. People Pay to Do This?

I don’t do a lot of posts that are not food or recipe related, but it is fun to see that the ones of have done have been read by quite a few people. I am going to try to do a few more of these in the new year…hopefully some funny stuff from my school days. As I have said before, the things we teachers say are not things you would hear in any other profession…


9. Maybe the Best Job on Earth

I really do love my job….and just so you know, the little boy who sat next to me in the movie still comes upstairs every day after school and gives me a hug and asks how my day was.


10. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

This recipe was definitely one of my favorites from the last 6 months, so I am glad that you have enjoyed it too! Nothing could be easier than throwing chicken into a crockpot with a little marinade and coming home to something delicious!

Well, there you have it. A quick recap of the most read posts from Summertime Melissa. I look forward to sharing more with you in the New Year. Thanks again for making my little project so special!