As 2018 is coming to an end, I was thinking about new years resolutions and what I wanted to strive for in 2019. I decided that focusing on me and my health would be my top priority. While in theory this sounds great, in reality I LOVE food. This means I am going to put more of an effort into making foods that I want to eat, by putting a healthier spin on them.
While we aren’t in 2019 yet, I decided to start this now. This week I founds this Healthy Beef and Broccoli recipe, which can also be Paleo or Whole 30 compliant. My dish didn’t quite comply to Paleo and Whole 30, but it was a lot healthier than take out and it tasted just as good!
To start, I pulled together all of my ingredients. Luckily this is not an ingredient heavy dish so that made this dish a lot easier to make.
- 1lb. lean steak (such as top sirloin, or loin tip) thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot (whole 30/paleo) or cornstarch
- 1lb. broccoli cut small
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos (whole30/paleo)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp of chili pepper flakes
- olive oil for cooking
Prepare the Beef and Broccoli
- To start, I strayed from the recipe and I marinated my beef a little. I drizzled some olive oil and minced garlic on top. I let it sit like that for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. This is not necessary, but I always think it adds more flavor.
- Cut the fat off the meat if there is any and then thinly slice the beef. * I cut mine too thick originally so after I cooked it, I sliced them a little thinner.*
While the Beef marinates, this is the perfect time to prepare your broccoli. By thoroughly rinsing it, drying it and then cutting the broccoli crown into 1 to 2 inch wide pieces. Place your cut broccoli in a bowl and set aside until ready to cook.
Cook the Beef
Warning, this part will cause the kitchen to smell amazing, and you will start to salivate.
- Place your sliced beef in a bowl, then add a pinch of pepper and the 2 Tbsp of cornstarch. Mix well and make sure each piece of beef is fully coated.
- Place a skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, and let it spread to cover the pan. Then place the beef in piece by piece so they are not touching. * I have a large skillet so I was able to cook it all in 2 batches.*
- Let the meat cook for about 60-90 seconds on each side. Flip the pieces until you see the entire outside is fully cooked. Then move the cooked pieces to a clean plate.
- Repeat step 3 with the remaining beef. Add more oil if needed before you do your next batch, and turn the heat down a little if it starts to splatter.
- Once all your meat is cooked, feel free to cut some pieces thinner if needed and if the insides are not fully cooked, throw them back on the skillet for about 20 seconds.
- When all the beef is cooked, set it aside.
Cook the Broccoli
- Take the bowl of broccoli, and drizzle some olive oil in it. Mix it around so all the broccoli is covered.
- Move the broccoli to the skillet you cooked the beef in.
- Let it cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, until the tops turn bright green.
- Once the Broccoli is done cooking, add it to the plate or bowl with the beef, and set them aside.
Make the sauce and complete your Dish
To make the sauce you need to,
- Mix together the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), ginger, garlic, pepper and chili powder flakes.
- Pour the sauce into the skillet where you cooked the beef and broccoli. Mix the sauce in the heat and scrape up any remains stuck to the bottom of the pan. This is mostly cornstarch and will help thicken the sauce.
Once the sauce is fully mixed and heated for about 1 minute, you can complete your dish. Add the broccoli and beef to the skillet with the sauce, and mix them together with the sauce so everything is coated. Let it all cook for about 5 minutes.
You did it! Your beef and broccoli is complete so now you get to enjoy it! You can serve it with some brown rice, white rice, noodles or eat it plain. I used brown rice, and it made me feel like I was actually eating authentic Chinese take out!
This meal was so delicious and made about 4 servings, so there were plenty of left overs for lunch the next day.
I would absolutely make this dish again as it tasted just like restaurant quality beef and broccoli and it was fun to make!