Beef with Snow Peas


Beef with Snow Peas rivals any Chinese restaurant’s version. So easy, and healthier to make at home too!


I have a (cow)girl crush and I don’t care who knows it. The Pioneer Woman can do no wrong in my book, especially when she posts recipes like the one I made for dinner tonight – Beef with Snow Peas!


Beef with Snow Peas

Serves 4


Beef with Snow Peas rivals any Chinese restaurant's version. So easy, and healthier to make at home too!


  • 1lb flank steak
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 8oz fresh snow peas
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • Rice or thin noodles


  1. Slice beef very thin and on an angle against the grain (freeze for 10-15 minutes before slicing to make it easier.) Whisk together soy sauce, water, brown sugar, cornstarch, beef broth and ginger powder in a bowl. Add beef slices and set aside.
  2. Trim snow peas by zipping off ends. Pre-heat a very large pan to high or an electric wok to 375 degrees with peanut oil (don't forget to turn on a fan!) Add in snow peas and allow to cook for 1 minute, stirring a few times. Remove snow peas to a plate.
  3. Allow wok or pan to re-heat, then add in half the beef. Let the beef sit in the wok until it starts to get golden brown on one side, then stirfry until it's barely cooked, ~30 more seconds. Don't let it burn! Remove to the plate with snow peas. Add in second half of beef with the green onions and let it get golden brown on one side.
  4. When the first side of the second batch of beef is golden brown, add snow peas, first half of beef and remaining marinade back into the wok. Stir to mix everything together, then turn the heat off. The sauce will continue to thicken as it sits.


Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


First buttery cinnamon rolls, then creamy artichoke pasta and now THIS?!


The PW knows her stuff and this dish could have been on the menu of any of my favorite Asian restaurants in town. The sauce was savory and thick – loved how the corn starch did that!


I served my portion over brown rice, but mixed Ben’s with angel hair pasta – which he loved and said he’d eat everyday. “Mmm. MMMM! What is IN this?!” I even caught him whispering, “oh yeah!” after getting the perfect bite onto his fork. ;) Another PW recipe for the books!


I have this dessert recipe of hers that I’m making this weekend for Ben and I’s 3 year anniversary on Tuesday (eek, really!? Three years??) that I am seriously THIS EXCITED for. Can’t wait to show you.

Sooo yeah, get to the PW’s website if you haven’t already, and make sure to have a drop cloth near by. You’ll need it to catch the drool dripping from the corners of your mouth as you fall in love with her luscious, insane recipes!

Too visual for you?



Finish this sentence: “My tolerance for pain is _______.”

My tolerance for medical-type pain is very high. I could get shots all day long and be fine with it. Body sore-type pain is a completely different story. I’m such a baby when my muscles are achy!

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  1. My teaching partner and I agree 100% that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs are the best. :)
    I totally bought her some for her birthday in December! :) I could have purchased the trees, but the eggs are way better. Who cares if it was four months before Easter. ;)

  2. Ugh! I hope you feel better tomorrow!!

    My tolerance for pain is…abnormally high. My Brazilian wax does not faze me at all! haha! :)

  3. Molly 03.29.2011

    I was just craving a recipe like this! THANK YOU! I will making this asap! and I hope your sore-ness goes away soon :) but hurts so good, right?

  4. Tracie Marshall 03.29.2011

    Besides your blog, I have to read what PW is up to as well. She’s amazing. I highly recommend her book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

  5. Your dinner looks amazing! My favorite restaurant is pei wei, but this looks like something from P.F Changs!!! Are the reeses eggs really the best? My brother in law LOVES reeses! My mom always buys him the trees and all the other holiday reeses.

  6. Emily 03.29.2011

    My tolerance for pain is 0! I hate pain! (Maybe that’s why I’ve never had kids; now THAT is painful!)

    Sorry u are so sore, hope you feel better soon. Crossin’ those fingahs!

  7. Lauren 03.29.2011

    Haha, aww you poor thing! It gets better, I promise. ;)

  8. my tolerance for workout pain is high but for medical pain it is wayyyy low :)

  9. I just did Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones today, and I’m terrified for how sore I’m going to be when I wake up tomorrow! It comes with the territory, I guess. And at least we know that we’re getting stronger!

  10. I can almost SMELL that beef through the screen. yum. Have you ever seen the real video of the news reporter falling? Family guy recreated it exactly, but the real version is slightly more hilarious. :)

  11. wendy 03.29.2011

    I’m pretty good with muscle pain since I know it will pass soon enough. My trainer constantly reminds me to stretch after an intense workout, and it always works. Good luck! I hope you feel better tomorrow!

  12. sara 03.29.2011

    PW is awesome. That beef and snow peas looks amazing.
    So yeah, I haven’t been to Body Pump in awhile, and I just know that when I go back this weekend I’ll be hurting for a few days…totally worth it, though!

  13. Caryln 03.29.2011

    I think that video of stewie is a spoof of this video ( )

    • Angela 03.30.2011

      I would have to agree with you about the spoof. My coworker and I found this video last year, and I have the link saved for those times when I need a good laugh. Hilarious! This one has a slow motion replay that is even better.

      • Iowa Girl Eats 03.30.2011

        Yes! omg I laughed for days after seeing that! (But semi felt terrible for that poor woman!!)

  14. erin 03.29.2011

    ok you’re going to love body pump. I can’t stop telling people how much I love it. I’ve been a runner for years, when I added Body Pump (they actually call it Just Lift at my gym) my body changed in so many great ways. I’m obsessed.

  15. Mary Ann 03.29.2011

    My pain tolerance varies I guess. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I’m “used to” chronic joint pain. But I pass out if I get my blood drawn and they have to poke me more than once. I don’t know if that’s really a ping thing though, I just get dizzy? And if I twist my ankle or something I’m likely to faint.

    Kristin–I made your Thai peanut noodles last night for dinner and it was a hit! My only changes were to add bean sprouts because I find those very necessary, and a little agave syrup and Siracha to the sauce after making according to directions and tasting. My mom loved it too and I’m going to add it to the original dinner rotation. Thanks!

  16. Those eggs are amazing!! You are so right about the chocolate to PB ratio :) My Mom surprised me with an entire bag of those minis when I went home recently. Obviously they were gone in a week and a half ;)

    My tolerance for pain is pretty high except for migraines.

  17. Stephanie 03.29.2011

    Love Pioneer Woman!! Just made her sour cream noodle bake (with plain Chobani instead) and it was a huge hit in our house!

    PB + Chocolate = heavennnnnnnnnn :)

  18. Heather 03.29.2011

    I hope your soreness goes away soon.

    I have an extremely high pain tolerance, which is bad because I can workout/be active on an injury and not realise how bad it is because it just feels a little sore. I also have to take more pain meds than the recommended dose because it barely touches my pain.

  19. Dream Mom 03.29.2011

    LOL on the descriptions of the muscle soreness. I think we’ve all been there and can relate:) The good news is you should be feeling better soon. Day 2 is the worst!

    Reese’s PB eggs are the best, as if the PW. She has some great recipes!

  20. Melissa 03.29.2011

    Body Pump pain is the worst. For me, it usually hurts more the second day (tomorrow for you), so I’ll cross my fingers that you don’t get the second day pain!

    My tolerance for pain is very high, too. I can deal with a lot, which probably causes my running injuries to be worse since I will literally run until I am forced to crawl!

  21. I love all of the PW’s recipes! I’m making one for dinner tomorrow! I can’t wait!

    I hope you are feeling better soon….I hate being muscle sore. That’s honestly the worst!

  22. Britt 03.29.2011

    My tolerance for pain I think is pretty high bc I have a really painful stomach condition. I’m watching teen mom too tonight!!

  23. Christy 03.29.2011

    Such a funny clip!
    My tolerance for pain is very minimal. I say ow before something even hits me! Though I enjoy being sore the day after a workout. I feel like I accomplished something.
    And peanut butter and chocolate are definitely the two most perfect foods in the world.

  24. emily ruth 03.29.2011

    I had a Reeses Egg today too! That dinner looks awesome. I have been following the Pioneer Woman for sometime now and love all her recipes!

  25. I love this, because today I thought of you when I was at the gym. I thought, “I wonder if I’ll feel like Bambi when I’m done with this.” And yes, Reese’s eggs ROCK!

  26. Seo 03.29.2011

    I teach BodyPump…the best way to get over it is to go back for more BodyPump tomorrow or day after tomorrow! Woohoo!

  27. Hope you feel better tomorrow! I love the eggs, too:)

  28. Cindy 03.29.2011

    BODYPUMP, YEAH! I teach this class, and always recommend that people come back a couple of days after the class to work it out. 2 times a week for Pump, once a week in the weight room.

    Getting strong, and lean. Yeah!

  29. Tasha 03.29.2011

    That looks very yummy… I’ll definitely need to try it! Congrats on 3 years! The 5th is actually my birthday, we’ll all be celebrating :)

  30. My tolerance level is NONEXISTANT! I get a splinter and wince like a baby. If there’s blood and exposed tissues involved…ain’t no way I’m gonna touch it!

  31. dmcgirl 03.29.2011

    There is just something about THOSE eggs that taste so much better!!!

  32. Lol…I am definitely watching Teen Mom as I write this…ugh….guilty trashy pleasures.

    My tolerance for pain is pretty high….I have mentally grown to have a love-love relationship with DOMS (delayed onset muscle If I feel like at least one muscle isn’t sore then I am not trying hard enough at the gym and I need to increase weight or reps to push past any plateaus I reached. Meh….pretty crazy but I am a gym junkie.

  33. AmyLou 03.29.2011

    Reese’s Eggs – Oh yeah, they have a TON of pb and just the right amt. of chocolate. PERFECT. Don’t ever buy the new minis, because those are mostly chocolate instead of pb. Mostly, I stick to Reese’s Pieces, because those are ALL pb! :)

    My pain tolerance for muscle soreness is very high. I LOVE IT. It makes me feel awesome. My pain tolerance for medical things (pregnancy, shots, blood draws, accidents/breakages/cuts) is dang near non-existent!!!

  34. Megan 03.29.2011

    Have you seen this video??

    I think the Family Guy is a spoof of it–although I feel slightly less bad laughing at Stewie instead of an old lady…

    My pain tolerance is pretty high…it comes from the high school running days when I would be injured/sore/whatever but not want to miss any xc meets. My parents think I’m crazy.

  35. Martha Brown 03.29.2011

    Reese’s Eggs are my fave, and you made me realize why, there’s so much more PB!
    My tolerance for pain is high. Went skiing for 4 days last week after a one year hiatus and it was painful, but it felt good for my muscles to burn!
    and medical pain i can take too, i never cried when getting shots :)

  36. Bridget 03.29.2011

    That looks amazing! I hope you’re feeling better soon. Falling is very hard on the body and you end up being sore in unexpected places. My tolerance for pain is high at times and minimal when it’s a small cut/scrape. I’ve endured serious labor, surgeries, and recoveries from stuff but if I get a paper cut–watch out! ;)

  37. Daisy 03.29.2011

    ben cracks me up. PW rules.

  38. Shea 03.29.2011

    I LOVE Pioneer Woman! Every recipe from her site that I’ve tried has been incredible!

  39. Jess 03.30.2011

    Omg, that meal looks delicious!!

    My boyfriend and I are obsessed with that family guy scene…the original news scene is even more hilarious!

    Love your blog. :)

  40. Juani 03.30.2011

    Personally I could watch anything Stewie does over and over.In fact,my boyfriend and I watch a Family Guy episode every single night.What can I say,he (Stewie,that is) is awesome.

  41. Hannah 03.30.2011

    The Pioneer Woman is a god when it comes to food. I completely agree, every recipe she puts out is amazing! You should definitely try her Cajun Chicken Pasta.

    My pain tolerance is.. low. Due to some things, I have bad cramps annnnd I pass out. Yeah, sort of embarrassing.

  42. ashley 03.30.2011

    I’ve been following Pioneer Woman for a LONG time. Lover her! She’s hilarious. I have her cookbook, but her best recipes are on the website. And her cinnamon rolls- it’s true that people will not stop raving about them. Oh, my pain tolerance- I always thought it was high, till I got married. My husband thinks I’m a wimp! Maybe so…. I don’t sit around with pain and wait it out- I take something immediately!!

  43. I love me some PW! I saw that recipe, too, and squeeled a little. I agree with you about the PB in the holiday eggs! Lots o’ pb!

  44. Hope 03.30.2011

    I hope your soreness feels better today! :) That stir-fry looks SO good! The Pioneer Woman does have really good recipes. I barely get to use my wok because I never know what to cook in it. I’m definitely going to try making this recipe. It’s so much cheaper to make Asian food at home as opposed to going out. I LOVE those peanut butter eggs! Yum!

  45. Kristen 03.30.2011

    You should try the Pioneer Woman’s apple dumplings…paired with some vanilla ice cream…dangerous!!!

  46. StartedOver@28 03.30.2011

    My pain tolerance is moderate. I am pretty tough when it comes to workout pain but an actual injury – baby. I think I am more of a situational pain person!

  47. Angela 03.30.2011

    My pain tolerance is similar to yours: high for medical-type pain (except stitches – I hate those things) and low for soreness. I literally laughed out loud when I read your blog this morning as I am experiencing the same soreness. I started a boot camp Monday, and I have to say, it is kicking my butt. Yesterday, I squatted down to grab something and was seriously concerned that I might not be able to stand back up. Ugh! And of course we did more lunges today…

  48. Sarah 03.30.2011

    My pain threshold is very high. But for soreness, I’m like you. You are 100 percent correct about the peanut butter-chocolate ratio in the Easter eggs. I have a friend who buys a bunch this time of year and freezes them so he can have them year-round. Then, he eats them with a knife and fork. So awesome. He is a hoarder for sure.

  49. The Mighty Tamara 03.30.2011

    My tolerance for pain is pretty high: 5 tattoos, surgery, and many incidents from being a clumsy kid. My tolerance for pain as a new runner is way lower. I think it’s mostly fear, so I’m trying to push past it.

    Your dinner and that Reese’s egg look delish . The eggs are indeed the best Reese’s treat. :-)

    Your blog is great. I’ve added it to my favorites. Please check out my blog and comment when you have time.

  50. Melissa 03.30.2011

    MMmmmm that Pioneer Women recipe looks delic. She always has great stuff.

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