Beef + Broccoli

Sometimes you just NEED Chinese takeout.  I usually get that feeling on Sunday nights and my go to order always includes egg rolls, crab Rangoon and beef and broccoli.  My husband has to have pot sticks and General Tso’s chicken.  We basically order the whole menu.

This recipe is perfect when you are craving takeout but are trying to eat a little bit healthier or just don’t want to order in.  I made this on a Sunday and put half of it in the freezer before it was cooked.  Can’t beat a freezer meal for a weeknight after a rough day.  You could also make this whole recipe all at once if you are extra hungry.

Ingredients:

3-4 lb beef roast

1 large bag of frozen broccoli florets or 3-4 fresh broccoli crowns cut into pieces

2 onions

3 Tbsp flour

2 cups beef broth

1/2 cup soy sauce

4 Tbsp sesame oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Slice the beef roast into 1/2 inch slices.  If the meat is cold, it will be easier to cut.  Toss the sliced meat in the flour.  As the meat and flour cook, it will thicken the sauce.

Peel the onions, cut in half then slice into strips.  Set aside.

To start the sauce, combine the brother, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl.  Whisk it together until well combined.

At this point, you can either separate this all of the ingredients into 2 meals or cook it all.  If you want to separate it, take half of the meat, onions, sauce and broccoli and place it in a Ziploc bag.  It can go directly into the freezer for another day.   When you’re ready to cook, thaw the mixture and heat in a skillet for 20 minutes until the meat is cooked and tender.  You can always add additional fresh broccoli if you want.

If you’re cooking the meal without it being frozen, heat a large skillet with a little bit of olive oil or sesame oil.  Add the meat and leave in a single layer to sear for 5 minutes or so.  Add in the and garlic onions and cook another 2 or 3 minutes.

Pour in the sauce and fresh or frozen broccoli. Continue cooking over medium heat for 20 minutes covered.  The meat will get tender, the broccoli will steam and the sauce should thicken.

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Serve over rice or with Sesame Noodles for a heartier meal next time you’re making takeout at home!

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