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
- 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
- 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.
- Add the minced garlic to your beef and stir to combine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve over rice with broccoli and top with green onions and sesame seeds.