Quick Beef and Broccoli with Peppers

In keeping with our Veteran Moves 'healthy eating' outlook, this version adds peppers for an additional nutritional punch
In keeping with our Veteran Moves ‘healthy eating’ outlook, this version adds peppers for an additional nutritional punch

Beef and broccoli is surely one of the most popular takeout dishes ordered from Asian restaurants throughout North America. Here’s a take on beef and broccoli that is so easy to make you may decide to pick something else next time you order in because it’ll be a go-to recipe coming from your own kitchen. And, in keeping with our Veteran Moves ‘healthy eating’ outlook, our version adds peppers for an additional nutritional punch.

This dish also features my favourite Veteran Tool. First, I LOVE my rice cooker, a gift from my good friends Nick and Mira when I turned 60! It’s a kitchen aid I use at least weekly, every time I make rice… consider adding one to your own kitchen.

The most important Veteran Move used in preparing this dish is called ‘velveting’. It’s a popular technique in Chinese cooking that guarantees moist and tender meat. Chicken, pork and/or beef all benefit from velveting and I highly recommend getting used to doing it whenever possible.

Note: Velveting techniques call for you to marinate the meat in a mixture of vegetable oil, rice wine or rice wine vinegar, egg white and cornstarch see Veteran Move #7: Velveting Meat. But, because this dish has a specific beefy sauce have altered the technique slightly. The results are very bit as yummy!

Because this dish has a specific beefy sauce I've altered the typical velveting technique slightly.  The results are very bit as yummy!
FOR THE MARINADE
2/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce, divided
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. flank or sirloin steak, sliced thinly against grain
 
BROCOLLI AND SAUCE
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. low-sodium beef (or chicken) broth
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp. Sriracha (optional) 
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
3 thinly sliced green onions, extra for garnish 
Sesame seeds for garnish
Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and drizzle a tablespoon of oil (I prefer Flank Steak to Sirloin for this dish but it's a personal choice)
Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper and drizzle a tablespoon of oil (I prefer Flank Steak to Sirloin for this dish but it’s a personal choice)
As above, I sprinkle the beef with cornstarch...
As above, I sprinkle the beef with cornstarch…
... and add a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar
… and add a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar
Marinate the meat for at least a half hour
Marinate the meat for at least a half hour
Prepare and arrange in bowls and ramekins the rest of the ingredients: broccoli, red pepper, garlic, green onion sriracha beef broth and sesame seeds
Prepare and arrange in bowls and ramekins the rest of the ingredients: broccoli, red pepper, garlic, green onion sriracha beef broth and sesame seeds
Add a tablespoon of oil (and a teaspoon of water) to a skillet at medium high heat and brown the meat flat in the pan in batches if necessary
Add a tablespoon of oil (and a teaspoon of water) to a skillet at medium high heat and brown the meat flat in the pan in batches if necessary
Once the beef has been browned, remove from the pan and set it aside.  Add another tablespoon of oil and stir fry garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add peppers and green onions for 2-3 minutes.  Add beef broth, brown sugar and sriracha and bring to a boil
Once the beef has been browned, remove from the pan and set it aside. Add another tablespoon of oil and stir fry garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add peppers and green onions for 2-3 minutes. Add beef broth, brown sugar and sriracha and bring to a boil
Reduce heat to medium low and add broccoli. Stir well, and cover to simmer for 5 or 6 minutes until tender
Reduce heat to medium low and add broccoli. Stir well, and cover to simmer for 5 or 6 minutes until tender
Once broccoli is ready, return steak to the skillet and stir well to warm it up
Once broccoli is ready, return steak to the skillet and stir well to warm it up
Serve the beef and broccoli over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds
Serve the beef and broccoli over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds

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