Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Best Easy Beef with Broccoli Stir-Fry

Chinese food is always a hit in our house.  And we like it authentic and complicated.  One of our very favorite restaurants is a place just down the street called Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant on Olive, just east of 170. They have the most amazing array of dim sum.  I want one of their  steamed BBQ pork buns right now. (I’m guessing that’s not exactly authentic….)
Sometimes though, you just want the fast and dirty version, but not so dirty that you want to head on over to your closest China **** (Wok, King, you fill in the name of the one closest to you.)  This recipe is just the thing for that urge.  It’s easy, it’s fast and you don’t have to mess up a bunch of dishes. 
You’ll end up with a dish that’s good American Chinese food without the overly wilted broccoli that you’ll find on a typical massive buffet, but with just enough soy sauce to make you feel like you’re not being TOO healthy.
SUPER Easy Beef with Broccoli

The Best Easy Beef with Broccoli Stir-Fry
Serves 4
3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1/2 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb boneless round steak or 1 lb charcoal chuck steaks, cut into thin 3-inch strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups broccoli florets
1 small onions, cut into wedges
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
hot cooked rice

  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
  2. Add beef and toss.
  3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
  4. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Return beef to pan.
  6. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.
  7. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 153.2 
Calories from Fat 63
Total Fat 7.1g
Saturated Fat 0.9g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sugars 7.8 g
Sodium 1363.1mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.5g
Dietary Fiber 0.6g
Sugars 7.8 g
Protein 4.9g

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