How to make: Liz's Stir-Fry Beef Broccoli
There are some women who are weirdly proud about not knowing how to cook - I say, cooking is an enjoyable, relaxing, and rewarding experience! I think they're missing out. Besides, cooking is a great practical skill to have when the zombie or triffid apocalypse comes. Or if you just can't afford help and takeout dinners.
Anyway, a reader requested that I demonstrate how I make my Stir-Fry Beef Broccoli. I thought, why not! It's an incredibly easy and healthy dish. Actually it's so easy to cook, you would spend more time cutting up stuff versus actually cooking them.
This recipe is perfect for those on a diet. The beef is lean, there are no carbs, and there's only minimal salt and oil involved in the recipe. It tastes wonderful, nonetheless, because the flavor of the beef does most of the work. Here goes!
1. Buy a roll or two of breakfast steak from Monterey. Monterey is my favorite brand of meat, it's usually fresh. S&R meat is also great and actually cheaper than Monterey when you do the math. So! Once you have the meat, cut it in strips and season it. This is the sorcery that I put in my beef:
A pinch or two of salt / Pepper / Maggi Magic Sarap (this stuff is awesome) / Knorr Liquid Seasoning
Make sure that the beef is equally coated with the marinade. Leave that for 15-30 minutes.
2. While your beef is marinating, start chopping up your vegetables. Wash them first of course! Cut the broccoli florets, slice the red bell pepper and two mid-sized carrots into strips. Mince half a head of garlic and an onion.
3. Laugh at your dog when he suddenly comes out of the room with a pink puffy sash around his neck. 0_0
4. In a wok, heat up two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Keep the fire at medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and furiously toss them around with your cooking implement of choice. You're done with them once the onion becomes translucent (takes a minute).
5. Add the beef. Mix mix mix. Fire is still at medium heat.
6. After about two minutes, the beef will have turned brown and it will ooze out this yummy juice. Let the beef turn completely brown first (no red sides anywhere) before you add the vegetables. That would take about 30 seconds to a minutes.
7. Add the broccoli and carrots. They will cook about the same time, which is around 5-7 minutes (depending on how tender you want your vegetables to be). Just toss everything together and make sure the beef juice gets into everything. Heat should be on high, you're stir-frying! Take the time to feel like an expert chef. :P
8. Add the bell pepper and toss it around for two minutes. Fire should be on high by this time to get rid of the remaining water. You should also taste the beef and vegetables to see if you need to adjust the flavor.
And you're done! Prep time should be around 15-20 minutes, while cooking time is under 15 minutes. :) Love it. Try this at home, it's a great meal by itself or if you really must, with rice. You can also add mushrooms to serve as extenders.
That's it. Enjoy!