Sunday, September 15, 2013

20 #SundaySupper Gluten Free Peppered Steak #FamilyDinnerTable

I was the first of three children, so my mom stayed at home for the majority of my childhood until all three of us were a certain age. Once a week after school, she would make peppered steak because it was affordable and an easy way of sneaking in some vegetables. Whenever I see peppered steak I think of my mom and all of the love she provided us through food she prepared.

My mom also had a part time cake business when she stayed at home, and she would allow us to come in and help her with making the cake batters and spreading the first layer of frosting. My mom has inspired me to include my future kids in a similar fashion to get them excited about homemade meals. Kids love to learn through experimentation and hands-on interaction, so letting children help with some of the easier tasks in the kitchen can help bring the family together in the kitchen. Another thing my mom always made a point to do was to turn off all televisions in the house and sit down at the dinner table for a family dinner at least once a week. It’s a great way of having the family come together and to learn about your family’s day-to-day events.

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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.
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Gluten Free Peppered Steak

Serves 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes

1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups rice
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 bell pepper
1/3 cup gluten free soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp red wine
½ tsp gluten free corn starch
1 ½ lb thinly sliced steak, preferably top round

Rinse the rice under cold water. Place the 2 cups rice in a small pot over high heat. Once boiling, add the rice, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.

While the rice cooks, chop the onion and mince the garlic. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan and cook the onion and garlic over medium heat until the onions become translucent. Add the red wine, soy sauce, and sugar to the pan. Stir to combine. Slice the bell pepper and steak into strips. Stir the corn starch into the sauce, and add the pepper and steak to the pan. Stir occasionally until the steak is tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Remove the steak and sauce from the pan and serve with the rice.


  1. Pure comfort food! I haven't had peppered steak in years, but hubby loves it and so I must try your recipe! Love your cooking memories...who doesn't love to spread frosting???? Especially when you can sneak a little nibble :)

  2. That's cool that your mom had a cake business she let you help with! I don't know that I've ever had peppered steak but it looks easy enough to try!

  3. How fun to have a mom that had a cake business and what wonderful memories you have of your childhood.

  4. Talk about being a lucky kid to have a mom with a cake business. I would have been in frosting paradise!! Peppered steak is a dish my dad loved and we would have it occasionally too. Thanks for sharing it and bringing back happy memories of this dish on our family table.

  5. Exactly! That was always the best part!

  6. Thanks! I'm glad y'all enjoy the childhood story!

  7. I ate A LOT of pepper steak growing up! I still do. Love your version. Did you get to lick the frosting spoon? That was always my payment for helping!

  8. Yum! I loved pepper steak growing up! Wow, I haven't thought about it in awhile and now I have to make some up. lol

  9. Sounds like you had a great time in the kitchen with your mom, and I'm sure that's why you love to cook and bake now! And pepper steak is just ALWAYS delicious. Yours looks great!

  10. That is a great dish, and I love ones that let you sneak in the veggies!

  11. This sounds so good..simple, yet packed with flavor. I can see why it was a favorite!

  12. Such a nice and simple dish. Time around the Family Table s so important and time that is treasured in our house :)

  13. Simple and delicious. This looks and sounds so awesome. And I love any entree with rice! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is something I used to have as a kid, and now I want to try it again!

  15. This was one of the dishes we ordered via take out Chinese. I wish I like peppers. I didn't as a kid, and still don't. Bummer since they are the base of so many delicious recipes.

  16. What a sweet post! Your mom sounds fabulous! I love everything that she taught you and making sure you guys sat down at the dinner table for family dinner. It's so sweet that you chose a dish that reminds you of your mother! Love this!!

  17. So beautiful that you still taste the love your mom poured into her dishes, TR. How fascinating and fun that she had a cake business!

  18. Sounds delicious! I could see adding even more vegetables, like broccoli and onions. Yum!! I will have to try your recipe soon.

  19. Sarah | Curious CuisiniereSeptember 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    My mom also had her own cake making business while I was growing up! I loved helping with frosting, watching her create frosting flowers, and, of course, the cake scraps!

  20. Now that must have been fun helping your mom out with her cake business! We always had pepper steak for takeout with chinese but it reminds me stir fry my mom did a bit.