Mongolian Beef

As I logged into the dashboard of my blog yesterday I noticed that I had written 499 posts.  That means that today’s post is my 500th post!!!

It is hard to believe that I have actually found 500 things to blog about over the last 2 1/2 years!  My biggest fear when I first started blogging, other than that no one would read my blog, was that I’d run out of things to blog about.  So far that hasn’t been a problem!

So welcome to my 500th post here on Your Homebased Mom!!

I did A LOT of cooking over the holidays and I loved it but once we got the kids sent back to school and work I was feeling a little burned out in the cooking department.  Fortunately my birthday falls right after the holidays and that is always a nice excuse not to cook!

My little break from cooking has helped me to refocus (there is one of those re words!) my meal planning and recommit to doing it weekly.  I eliminate so much stress from my life when I figure out on Sunday what we are going to have for dinner all week!  It really only takes 20 minutes or so to make up the plan and it saves me so much time, stress and money!  If you need some hints or tips on meal planning be sure and check out this post and this one.  And if you’d like to see what I try to always have on hand that makes meal planning easier check out this list.

I really do love to eat out but unfortunately the budget doesn’t always allow for that or at least not as often as I’d like!  So the next best thing is to make some of my favorite restaurant dishes at home.  That’s how I get my Cafe Rio fix now and then!

Another favorite restaurant is PF Changs.  I especially like their Mongolian Beef and it is a easy one to recreate at home.

The beef has a light cornstarch coating and is then lightly fried up in some oil which creates a nice crispy coating. If you are on a diet or health kick you could skip the frying part but then it wouldn’t be just like the restaurant version but still yummy.

Mongolian Beef

You can use flank steak or top round steak.  I like to slice my meat when it is still slightly frozen because it allows you to cut the meat nice and thin.  The recipe calls for green onions but it would be yummy with some broccoli or fresh green beans thrown in too.

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Mongolian Beef
  • 1 lb top round steak or flank steak, cut thinly on the cross grain
  • ¼ C cornstarch
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp grated fresh ginger or minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ C water
  • ½ C soy sauce (I used low sodium)
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 green onions, sliced into 2-3" pieces
  • oil for frying
  1. Dry off meat with a paper towel and slice into ¼" thick slices against the grain
  2. Add to a bowl with the cornstarch and coat thoroughly
  3. Add 1½ tsp oil to a wok or large frying pan over medium heat
  4. Add the garlic and ginger, stir until fragrant
  5. Add soy sauce, water, rice vinegar and brown sugar
  6. Cook for about 2 minutes and remove from pan
  7. Add remaining 1½ tsp oil to pan over high heat
  8. Add the meat and cook until brown on all sides and slightly crispy
  9. Pour sauce back into pan over meat
  10. Add green onions, stir and remove from heat
  11. Serve with rice
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Lisa from PA says

    Congratulations on your 500th. post! I truly enjoy all your posts, no matter what the theme, they are always informative and uplifting. Love your positive attitude – keep it comin’ please!

  2. Carin says

    Yee-haw! 500 amazing, wonderful…and oh so yummy posts! This is one of my favorite blogs EVER! I was hoping you could help me. I was looking through all your archives last night and found a quick copycat from Wingers. I can’t for the life of me figure out what post it was. I was hoping you might know…but I might have to look through all 499 posts….:) Help me in Idaho…:)

  3. says

    I’ll bet my husband would love this. He’s a real meat lover and suffers (quietly) during mainly veggie and poultry weeks. With his birthday rapidly approaching, I think I could look past the frying (just for this day) and make his day by serving this dish. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Congratulations on 500! That’s pretty amazing and I’m proud of you. Your blog is one of my favorites and you have been a sweet friend/example to me since we’ve become blogging pals. Keep up the posting – we can’t live without you!

  5. Janette says

    Congrats on 500! FANTASTIC! I love your blog – so glad Carol introduced me to it. Excited to try the Mongolian beef recipe.

  6. Tamara says

    Congrats on 500 postings. Could you tell me how many servings this would make? I’m trying to trun the recipe through Weight Watchers to see how many points. Michelle and I are trying to be better so we will be healthier for the upcoming reunion. (I would imagine 6 or so). THANKS!

  7. Valerie H. says

    Congratulations on 500th post! I am so thankful that you started a blog. I always look forward to your great recipes and fun posts. What would we do without Leigh Anne????????? :-) Many thanks for your “sticktoitness” and making so many lives a bit brighter! I know mine is because of you! Thanks
    for all you do!
    Valerie H.

  8. Stephanie Fry says

    Hooray! 500 is a fantastic number! I have so much enjoyed reading your blog these past few months. I look forward to every new posting. I have decided……I want to be like you when I grow up! :-) Congratulations and thanks for all the ways you inspire me.

  9. says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Mongolian Beef is my husband’s fave when we eat Chinese! This looks so yummy! I also plan my menu on Sunday. I got a weekly menu from Organized Junkies, and it includes a space for my grocery list, so I make that as I’m making my menu so I have everything I need. It has made my life much easier as far as cooking dinners. I love your site. Thanks for sharing with us moms!

  10. says

    Congrats on 500 posts!! That is amazing!! PF Chang’s is one of my favorite restaurants, and Mongolian Beef is definitely one of my favorite dishes there.

  11. says

    Oh, so YUMMY!!!! That looks amazing! That’s one of my favorite dishes at PF Chang’s, too!

    And thank you for your inspiring blog! I especially love that you are also from Portland! It’s so fun to see pictures of our beautiful city on your blog!

    Congrats on your 500th post! I just started blogging, and your blog is DEFINITELY an inspiration!

  12. Brenda M says

    Yumm-O! I made this for dinner tonight and needless to say, there are NO left overs! My husband and all 3 children said this is one recipe they want to have again and again. So, thank you so very much for sharing and congratulations on your 500th post, how cool is that?

  13. Karen Heldman says

    I made this dish tonight and it was yummy!!! I’ve never cooked with rice wine vinegar before and it wasn’t a part of your directions so I just added it with the soy, water and brown sugar. Was that right? It seemed to work cuz it was delicious. Love your blog, your positive thoughts, your recipes, your inspiration and admire you!

  14. Tara says

    Mongolian Beef from PF Changs is one of my favorites so I was excited to try this. It was SO yummy. My husband said I needed to make it a lot and the next time double it. There are 3 of us and we didn’t have any leftovers. I added some broccoli for a veggie, yum.

  15. Jennifer Barker says

    I made this for dinner last night. My family was skeptical. I didn’t have rice vinegar on hand so I substituted raspberry vinegar- a bold move for me because I am not the greatest cook. It smelled funny but tasted wonderful. The boys said, “Save this recipe!”. A hit- thanks!

  16. Jelli says

    As promised, I made this for Husband for his birthday dinner. He loved it. He really really loved it. Thanks so much for another 5-star husband pleasing recipe. I added broccoli, by the way, just to increase the veggies.

  17. says

    So I saved this into my “Recipes To Try” Favorites when you first shared it and we just now tried it. I’m trying to go through those recipes this summer. And it was a thumbs up from each member of our family (my husband gave it 2 thumbs up). Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes!

  18. Julie Spady says

    Thanks for re-posting…can’t wait to try this week! So if you were at 500 posts almost 3 years ago, can’t imagine where you are now! (My birthday is after Christmas by a month as well!)

  19. lechiab says

    I don’t know how healthy this recipe is as is but all I know it was amazing and worth every fattening bite! great recipe!


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