What’s Cooking at Wasatch: Simple, Sizzling Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

With our seasonal, five-week rotating menu, clients are able to dine on a variety of fresh and hearty meals throughout their treatment stays. They may even take home some inspiration from our head chef, Mirza Miljikovich, to help fuel their recovery – like this recipe, a simple beef and vegetable stir fry. You can watch Mirza’s video tutorial for the meal here. The complete recipe is below. 


(Makes six to eight servings.)

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2-4 stalks chopped celery
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
  • Chopped thai chili peppers to taste
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups cooked ramen noodles or steamed rice


Slice the sirloin into strips. To tenderize the meat, mix together baking soda and cold water in a large dish. Then place the beef in the mixture and allow it to soak for about fifteen minutes.  

Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a large saute pan. Add sesame oil and all the vegetables. Stir intermittently for about ten minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 

Heat oil in another saute pan. Remove the beef from the baking soda and water mixture. Add the meat to the pan, stirring occasionally until the beef is cooked through. 

For the sauce, combine soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, and cornstarch. Add half the sauce to the vegetables and the other half to the beef. Cook the vegetables and beef in the sauce for a couple more minutes. Then, combine the beef and vegetable mixtures with cooked ramen or steamed rice. 

Dig in! 


Many arrive at addiction treatment malnourished. Wasatch Crest’s head chef, Mirza Miljikovich cooks healthy homemade meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so our clients’ bodies can heal along with their minds and spirits. Reach out to learn more about our addiction treatment programs in Heber, UT. 


Head Chef, Mirza Miljkovic, brightens the treatment experience at Wasatch Crest with his worldly cuisine and gregarious nature. Mirza learned to cook over twenty years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he is originally from. He’s spent the last twenty years in Utah, where he spends his free time fishing, hiking, and hunting. Mirza keeps a rotating menu at Wasatch Crest, so clients rarely eat the same dish twice. His signature paella is renowned among Wasatch Crest staff, clients, and alumni. Mirza enjoys being surrounded by the mountain landscape and working with the caring and friendly team at Wasatch Crest.

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