Beef and Broccoli

We don’t normally eat beef in my house. It’s not that I don’t like beef, I love hamburgers to death, it’s just that it’s so fatty I would rather replace it with a leaner meat and eat an Oreo. In many recipes, ground turkey tastes just the same, especially when there is any kind of sauce and cheese involved, and is actually cheaper. However, Sweet Man loves beef, and feels like I deprive him of his manly right to meat, so I make it on occasion. Beef with broccoli is a way to use a small amount of meat and feel like you are getting all the flavor of the beef in the whole dish. I adapted this recipe from Simply Recipes, but with some modifications.

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

  • 3/4 pound flank steak thinly sliced the long way
  • 3/4 pound broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons veggie oil
  • 2 tablespoons or 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

To Marinade the Beef

  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

To Make the Sauce

  • 2 teaspoon Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • a few drops of chili oil

Mix together the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl and submerge meat for at least 1/2 an hour. I don’t think that marinading works unless it’s for over four hours, but I forgot ahead of time and the meat did have a little flavor. Steam the broccoli until slightly underdone, either in the microwave or on the stove. Mix the sauce ingredients with the left over marinade. Heat the oil on the stove over medium heat, and add the beef. Cook for two minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the sauce mix and the broccoli, and stir until the sauce thickens to the texture you desire. Serve with brown rice.

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