Stir-fried Basil Beef with Shiitakes and Cashews

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  • 1/4 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound grass fed beef, sirloin or top round, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small hot red chile, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into julienne strips
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 20 Thai or sweet basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews or peanuts


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over high heat in a wok or large saute pan. Stir-fry the beef and garlic for 4 minutes and remove from the pan. Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onion, mushrooms, chile and red bell pepper for 2 minutes. Stir in the beef mixture and add the soy sauce, sugar, basil leaves and cashews. Heat through and serve over steamed jasmine rice.

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