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Chinese Beef and Broccoli Bowls

May 11, 2020
Chinese Beef and Broccoli Bowls

The following recipe and photography were created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

Who loves a good Chinese take-out meal? I know we do in our household! My favorite Chinese take-out is, without a doubt, Beef and Broccoli. The sweet and tangy flavor of the sauce along with firm bites of broccoli and sautéed beef just sends me on a journey of flavor enlightenment. I was so enlightened that I thought to myself one day, “why can’t I recreated this favorite take-out meal of mine at home?”

Simple take-out, stay-home meals are a great way to save some of those coveted calories for dessert later. We all know that most take-out/fast-food restaurant meals are not always so fast and contain a lot of not-so-good for your ingredients such as unnecessary salt, sauces, sugars and fillers. Well, my 20 minute Beef and Broccoli will never leave you waiting but will leave you wanting more.

Chinese Beef and Broccoli Bowls

Chinese Beef and Broccoli Bowls

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of Heinen’s 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 large head of broccoli, approx. 2 ½ cups
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup fruit juice, orange or pineapple works nicely
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil or another neutral oil, such as olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 cups of cooked white or brown rice
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To a large skillet, add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until beef is mostly browned (a little pink in places is fine because it will cook off in the sauce). Make sure you stir the beef often and break it up into small pieces.
  2. Add the minced garlic to your beef and stir to combine.
  3. While the ground beef is cooking away, cook the rice according to the package instructions. Make enough rice to equal approx. 3 cups when cooked.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the soy sauce, fruit juice, brown sugar, oil and cornstarch together. You want to make sure you add the cornstarch to the liquid mixture before adding it to your ground beef, otherwise the sauce won’t thicken up as nicely.
  5. Make sure to set aside ¼ cup of the sauce so that you can add more if you like to your bowls once they’re done.
  6. Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the ground beef and garlic. Stir in the sauce and cook on medium-low heat until the beef starts to simmer and then cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice with broccoli and top with green onions and sesame seeds.

Chinese Beef and Broccoli Bowls

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By Lauren Schulte
Well hello there, I’m Lauren and I love food! Keeping meals simple, satisfying and accessible to all is the main purpose behind my cooking, but I always add a touch of creativity and uniqueness.I’m a family-taught cook and food is one of my greatest passion in life, but I suppose there is a little more to me than just food. I am a fur-mama to two wonderful rescue pups, Herbie and Nelly and our cat Grayson, who are all part of The Bite Size Pantry household. They love to be with me in the kitchen and they make the cleanup process a whole lot easier. Thanks to the wonderful internet world I’ve been able to pursue my dream of cooking. Sometimes it seems like a lot, but I just love food and I really love sharing that love with others who love it too.

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