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Beef and Broccoli Heaven!

1 Mar

Time for some culinary arts!

Beef and BroccoliI’m trying out some new recipes to get us out of our dinner rotation funk, and to get some more veggies on our plate. I realize that this dish isn’t the healthiest (quite a bit of sodium from the soy sauce), but it gets us some broccoli into our tums, so that’s cool with me! I never thought I’d eat so much broccoli in one sitting and actually enjoy it! This has to be one of the best recipes I’ve tried in a long time. Super easy and no weird ingredients (like oyster sauce, which is called for in a lot of Chinese food recipes- ew!).

Prepare yourself for deliciousness. This is better than any take-out beef and broccoli I’ve ever had. It’s from the Taste of Home magazine (which has never failed me), but I’ve modified it slightly. I used fresh ginger and garlic instead of the powdered forms, but you could use either, depending on what you have.

3 tbls. cornstarch
2 tbls. plus 1/2 cup water
1 tsp. garlic (reduce to 1/2 tsp if using powder)
1 pound round steak, cut into strips
2 tbls. oil (I used peanut, because the bottle had Chinese characters on it, and it seemed appropriate)
2 heads of broccoli florets
1 cup bean sprouts (not in the original, but I LOVE bean sprouts)
1 small onion, diced
1/3 c. soy sauce
2 tbls. brown sugar
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
Brown rice, for serving

-Combine 2 tbls. cornstarch, 2 tbls. water and garlic. Stir until smooth. Add beef and toss to coat.
-In a large pan over medium-high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tbls. oil to desired doneness, remove and keep warm.
-Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes. Return beef to pan. Add sprouts.
-In a measuring cup, combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, 1 tbls. cornstarch and 1/2 c. water until smooth. Add to the pan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice.

Serves 4! Or 2, with lunch made for the next day (get creative with some beef and broccoli wraps made in a whole wheat tortilla with alfalfa sprouts. YUM).

(Mrs. A)