Recipe: Easy Individual Beef Stir Fry Recipe #HealthyRedMeat

Lean red meat makes a great meal for all the family. It is full of nutrients that are often otherwise low in the diets of toddlers and children including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium. Here is my recipe for tasty, fun and fast individual stir fries which help encourage children to eat more. This post is in collaboration with Britmums and the Meat Advisory Panel.

A girl in school uniform eating a beef stir fry made with an easy recipe

When weaning my daughters we went down the baby led weaning route so both of them had meat from around 6 months. In fact I have photographs of both as babies covered in spaghetti bolognese. My approach to the children’s food has always been to offer them whatever we are eating (with the exception of sweets and biscuits which I normally eat hiding away), but not to put them under any pressure.

At 6 Big Sister still adores spaghetti bolognese and I would love to say she now makes less mess, but that’s not always the case. The good news is she can now clean up after herself. I often make a big batch of bolognese sauce, divide it in to small portions and freeze it so I can easily (and quickly) serve it with pasta, but some days I need something even faster and one of my favourite recipes is a stir fry.

It takes less than 10 minutes to make a beef stir fry. The combination of red meat, noodles and vegetables make a tasty and healthy meal all the family can enjoy. It never gets boring either because I use different vegetables or noodles depending on what it is in the cupboard. If your children are fussy eaters this recipe is great because it gets them involved. 

Letting children choose what is going in their beef stir fry is a great way to get them involved

Easy Individual Beef Stir Fry Recipe


Noodles (type is up to you)
Selection of vegetables 
10 ml Oil
Optional: Lemon juice, Lime juice or Soy Sauce
Optional: spices such as Organic Ground Cardamom, Ginger, Chilli, Garlic (admittedly garlic isn’t a spice).

Vary the amount of each ingredient depending on how many people you are feeding and their appetite. One steak is plenty for me and my two girls.


1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook your noodles according to their instructions (or use straight to wok noodles if you are really short on time).
2. Chop up a selection of vegetables in thin strips, good options include: onion, mushroom, peppers, broccoli, carrots and kohlrabi. You could also include sweetcorn, peas, mange tout, bean sprouts.
3. Put the vegetables in separate piles on a plate or chopping board.
4. Chop up the steak into thin strips.
5. Heat a spoonful of oil in a wok or frying pan then add the steak and cook until outside is brown.
6. Give each child a bowl and let them pick the vegetables they want in their stir fry.
7. Let each child the choice of choosing what they would like in their sauce from what you have available. I like to use fruit juice, soy and some spice as an alternative to often sugary and strong ready made sauces
8. Put the bowl of selected vegetables in a hot pan/ wok and fry for a couple of minutes.
9. Add some steak and anything selected to go in the sauce cook for another minute.
10. Add the noodles, stir until coated in sauce.
11. Serve.
Frying thin strips of steak for the easy beef stir fry recipe

What My Kids Think Of The Special Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Big Sister
“Yummy. I love choosing what is going in my noodles, it means I don’t have to have yucky onions.”

Little Sister

1 comment

  1. Looks good! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part


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