Thai Stir Fried Beef and Vegetables with Coconut Rice


When I literally have no time to make anything, I often make hamburgers.  Just season the ground meat, form it into patties, cook it on the grill, stick it in between two buns, add some cheese and condiments and voila! Dinner is served! A perfect easy meal.

But sometimes the perfect meal doesn’t fit into life’s social schedule. This weekend I was in a total dinner dilemma as we went to a barbecue the day before and were invited for another one the day after.  Not only was I sandwiched in between two hamburger events, but also had chicken burgers at a birthday party earlier in the day.

Then evening rolled around, the kids were starving, and I had to do something with the ground beef that was staring at me from the refrigerator.  I needed a non-burger solution.  I found this Thai inspired beef dish online and it really hit the spot. I would not say this is an authentic Thai recipe, but it is easy, fast, delicious and does not resemble a hamburger…a perfect easy meal!

Thai Stir Fried Beef and Vegetables with Coconut Rice



1 1/4 cups jasmine rice or basmati rice

1 can (14.1 ounces/ 400ml) coconut milk

Coarse salt

2 tablespoons fish sauce (can use less, to taste)

2 tablespoons soy sauce (can use less, to taste)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, chopped

3 cups broccoli, chopped in small florets

1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 thai red chili or 1 jalepeno pepper, deseeded and chopped (Optional – Can omit chili if don’t want to be spicy, or just use less chili, or add a few red pepper flakes instead).

1 pound  or 500g ground beef sirloin

1 cup loosely packed torn fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon chopped frozen basil leaves

Lime wedges, for serving


1.  In a medium saucepan, combine rice, coconut milk, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

2.  While rice is cooking, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl.  Set soy mixture aside.

3.  Heat a cast-iron skillet or wok over high. Add oil, and garlic and chilis (if using). Cook, stirring constantly until garlic softened (about a minute).  Add veggies and cook for a few minutes.  Remove vegetables and set aside.

4. In same pan, add beef and cook until completely browned. Add soy mixture and cook 30 seconds. Add basil and veggies  and cook for a couple minutes, stirring to combine.  Check for seasoning. Serve beef over coconut rice with lime wedges. Tastes yummy with some fresh lime squeezed on top. (I didn’t have limes on hand so used lemon and that works too).

Pantry Diva Logo1PANTRY DIVA TIP: You can use ground chicken, turkey, or pork in this recipe.  Also feel free to add other spices or seasonings…ginger, onion, etc.

You can add any vegetables you have on hand.  Good way to clean out the veggie drawer in the fridge!  Also, I have noticed that if I am making this for kids, the smaller I chop the veggies the better.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Thai Beef with Chilis and Basil over Coconut Rice. See original recipe here.


The Entertainer App Giveaway – Sign up to Win a free 2014 Entertainer Mobile Package!

As the first giveaway I am doing on my food blog, I thought it would be appropriate to do one for The Entertainer, a company that gives great value on so many dining venues across Dubai.  In fact, the Entertainer books currently offer nearly 2,000 buy one get one free vouchers to many restaurants, cafes, water parks, golf courses, hotels and attractions all over the UAE and many new locations across the world.

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As I have lived in Dubai for 8 years now, I am quite familiar with using the Entertainer vouchers.  And as they have packed more deals inside the books, I am also familiar with how heavy the books that hold the vouchers have become.  Fitting a huge book in your tiny clutch bag when you are going out isn’t always convenient, and the worst feeling is if you go out spontaneously and you realize you’ve left your Entertainer books at home.

But now those little inconveniences will disappear, as the Entertainer has found a way to bring both spontaneity and mobility to all their offers. They have launched the Entertainer App which you can download for free and access directly through your smartphone. You can search for a location nearby, redeem your e-voucher instantly, and also see how much you saved.


First download the Entertainer App on your smartphone.

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Show your server your e-voucher from your Entertainer App. Redeem instantly!

See how much you have saved! You can even share with your friends.

Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, you can download the Entertainer App for free and after buying an Entertainer mobile app package, can redeem all the buy one get one free offers.

As a December 2013 promotion, the Entertainer app comes preloaded with some great offers valid for this month, so you can download it and try it out now. For more detailed information on how to use the Entertainer App, click here.

And now for the giveaway.


For a chance to win a FREE Dubai Mobile App 2014  you must:

1. Sign up HERE on the Entertainer facebook page (full name & email required) – Like the page and share the competition with your friends!
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2. Like the Pantry Diva Facebook page to get more updates, offers, and of course recipes.

Winners will be chosen on Monday December 9, 2013 so sign up today!

Good Luck to all my Pantry Diva followers! Some great savings in the new year await you!

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