I hear rumors, theories, wives tales, whatever you want to call them, ALL the time about pregnancy.

1. You WILL be tired, it’s just the way it goes. Dude (yes I said dude, I also say ‘rad’), you have a new human being GROWING inside of you and that takes ENERGY. It doesn’t take very much extra food (the ‘eating for 2 thing’ ya, not so true) but it zaps you of energy. This rumor is true, for pretty much everyone I have ever met.

2. You will CRAVE beef. Okay, whatever, I am so sure. I ate almost a raw diet before I was pregnant because most meats gross me out. The smell, texture, taste, yuck! But then I got pregnant and got into about my 18th week…and I noticed I NEEDED a freaking hamburger, everyday!!!!! I remember my ultrasound technician saying she wanted t-bone steaks at least three times a week. I almost laughed out loud because previously I would have just called that lack of self control. Oh how I was wrong. I want BEEF! And not like a meatball on my spaghetti. Like a big juicy hamburger with grilled onions,!!! Now I know this isn’t true for everyone, but for me, it has been crazy how true it is for me. In fact, please let tonight include a hamburger, oh please oh please!

3. You have to go pee all the time. I get it, scientifically, duh, you have a child sitting on your bladder. I peed a lot before, at least once an hour. So I figured it can’t be too much worse, right?! WRONG!!!!!!!!! My 3 mile runs now included 2 pee breaks. And not a lot comes out. Sorry for all this TMI. I will stop about 12 minutes into my run thinking, “I’m going to burst if I don’t go RIGHT NOW.” Only to sit down and have a medicine dropper worth of pee come out. I’m getting pretty sick of this, and I suppose it will only get worse as she grows…

Anyway, back to the ‘I like beef thing.’ So I like beef now, and I make it more now. Which is why I made this. I was SUPER impressed with how it turned out. The perfect balance of salty and sweet. And the meat was tender, not rubbery or tuff. This has for sure become a staple in our house. Throw some extra veggies in, like onions and mushrooms, YUM! I didn’t add them this time because husband doesn’t like onions, and we didn’t have any mushrooms on hand.

IngredientsServes 4
2 lbs paper thin slices of sirloin
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar
6 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp rice wine
3 garlic gloves, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger (or fresh if you have it)
1 tbsp sesame oil
pinch of pepper
2-3 tbsp water

1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 pint mushrooms, sliced

You can have the butcher cut paper-thin slices of sirloin or rib eye for you; or you can partially freeze what you have and slice it yourself.

Toss the sliced beef with 2 tbsp of brown sugar and 2 tbsp rice vinegar and set aside while you make the marinade.

In a small bowl, combine 6 tbsp soy sauce, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tbsp sesame oil, pinch of pepper and a couple tbsp water.

Pour the marinade over sliced meat and onions and mushrooms if you are using them. Let the beef and onions/mushrooms marinate for at least 1 hour.
*Overnight or all day in the refrigerator is even better.

Saute marinated beef, onions and mushrooms over medium high heat until brown on both sides (this only takes about 7 minutes because the beef is so thin).

Serve immediately.
This can be served over rice (we like brown), or in lettuce wraps, or over noodles.

Oh, and the green onions on top, those are fresh from our garden. I love that my husband takes care of our garden so I can have fresh herbs!