Yesterday was one of my favorite nights of the week, I get to have dinner with my wifey! This is my best friend, we created this mutual nickname because she has become a second
annoying hilarious and supportive wife to my husband over the many years of our friendship. He in turn gets called Hubs which my daughter has adopted at times to call her father and thinks is super funny (wifey and I agree with her but that’s typical). I digress enough of that and onto the food, her comfort food is typically Mexican which I will make and add a post next week; mine on the other hand is Asian food all the way! I love anything with soy sauce on it the umami flavor just hits the spot for me. So I decided that last night called for Beef with Broccoli, some steamed brown rice and an Asian salad that is usually served with sushi (I like salads with anything).
Cooking for me all starts with ingredients and keeping it simple. I like to work with things that I already have in my house as staples or things I know that are on sale this week at the grocery store. I shop at Tops here in Rochester, NY mainly because it is right around the corner from our church and on Sundays after church when the kids are in Sunday school I can shop alone! (Can I get an AMEN moms?!) This week they had stir fry beef packs on sale 5 for $19.99 and to get enough meat for 5 meals for my family I call that successful shopping. I also got some mixed frozen vegetables that were on sale for $1 at Tops and added some broccoli florets from Trader Joes who has the best price around for florets.
I knew I already had Liquid Aminos (a sauce found in the organic food section of most grocery stores that tastes like soy sauce) and Teriyaki on hand; as well as Ginger and Garlic. Sounds like dinner to me!
I typically pre-steam frozen veggies in a Pampered chef microwave steamer that I got as a gift years ago ( Find it here ) which works awesome for those seasons that it is more expensive to buy fresh veggies for every meal. I also make my rice in the rice cooker while I am doing everything else so that it is perfectly steamed by the time dinner is ready. ( I found my rice cooker at Target for $19.99 )
Best part of making dinner when wifey is over is that the kitchen is filled with laughter and wine. We constantly tease each other (being able to take the abuse I think made our relationship stronger) and reminisce about the past while sipping delicious Merlot and reminding hubs that he often is the buzzkill in our stories. (He takes a lot of abuse but at least he has a yummy dinner to look forward to.)
Beef with Broccoli
-1 package or 1 large Sirloin steak cut into strips
-2 TBSP flour
-1 package or 2 heads of broccoli cut into florets
-1 package mixed frozen stir fry veggies
-2 TBSP oil for Wok
-2 TBSP Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
-2 TBSP Low Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
-1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
-1 TBSP crushed garlic ( or 2 cloves)
-1 tsp Ginger
Add oil to wok and turn on high heat until the small bubbles form around the end of a wooden spoon placed in the oil. Add the beef (make sure you add slowly to not splash) and mix until browned. Steam frozen veggies in microwave steamer for 3 minutes. Add flour to beef in wok mix around and allow to cook for a few minutes until flour is incorporated. Drain veggies and add to the wok toss with beef and add sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes until sauce is thickened with the flour. Once sauce has thickened it is time to serve. Recommendations serve on top of steamed brown rice.