Quick Beef and Broccoli
I have a confession - I do not eat a lot of Chinese food often. But, in my defense, where I live there is not a lot of authentic Chinese food that is in the San Diego area. There is always fast food as an option, but let's be honest for a minute. Fast food in general is a terrible food choice to make, and Americanized 'Asian' food is full of endless amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and who knows what else. I will always prefer to cook and control the amount of sodium and sugar in my diet because I am prone to migraines and I know fast food can trigger a gnarly headache. The majority of the last few years have been devoted to cutting out processed foods from diet and cooking most of my meals myself. Naturally my solution for getting a beef and broccoli fix was to make my own. There are a lot healthy recipes out there but they still call for making a sauce with what I consider to be expensive and hard to find items. I may try one of those recipes out down the road, but I want my recipes to not only be easy, but also cost efficient. Here is my first attempt at a simple beef and broccoli recipe, without the sticky sweet sauce and with ingredients already in my kitchen.
2 thin sirloin steaks, fat trimmed and thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
3 tablespoons sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 head of broccoli, florets trimmed
Using a sharp knife, trim the fat off the steaks and slice into 1/2 inch thick slices. In a plastic bag, add the coconut aminos, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. Allow the meat to rest in the bag for for about 20 minutes in the fridge.
While the meat is marinating, prep your broccoli. Trim the florets and place into a large bowl. Toss the remaining sesame oil in the bowl and coat the broccoli. Heat a cast iron pan over medium high heat and cook the broccoli for about 6 minutes, or until it is starting to char. Remove from the pan to a bowl and set aside.
Take the meat out of the fridge and in the still hot pan, add the mean and spread evenly. Cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping the meat to ensure even cooking. Add the broccoli back to the pan and stir, cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and serve over sliced cabbage or cauliflower rice. Top with sesame seeds and enjoy!