Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beef & Broccoli

I forgot to take a picture of our meal at the table
 so this is our leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I apologize for my absence blogging!! The Vossen Kitchen has been undergoing subtle changes since the first of the year and all of a sudden I realized we eat a lot differently than we used to. We have been trying to eat more "real" food and less processed foods. All the while, we have been adding more and more organic foods to our grocery cart and try to stay away from artificial colors and white, refined sugar and flour.

For example some staples that have changed for us:
Pure maple sugar and honey for most sweeteners)
Whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour (although for some recipes I use part whole wheat, part all-purpose)
Homemade whole wheat bread
Grass fed, pasture raised meats
Organic dairy products
Lots of fruits and vegetables

I know these changes we have made in our diet do cost more but what I realized is that I am saving so much money by NOT buying all of the processed foods I used to get on a regular basis. For example I used to go down the cereal isle and get a couple different boxes of cereal every week. I no longer go down that isle and stick to eggs, homemade whole wheat pancakes & waffles, plain yogurt with homemade berry sauce, whole wheat toast, etc. which are much better for us and they cost a fraction of what boxed cereals do.

You know I love Asian food and beef and broccoli is one of my favorites. I LOVE this garlic-gingery-soy sauce. This was the first time making this meal and Ryan said I need to put this into the rotation of favorite meals. Hope you enjoy!

Beef & Broccoli

3 Tbls soy sauce
3 Tbls liquid aminos
4 Tbls rice wine vinegar
2 Tbls honey
2 tsp organic yellow miso paste
2 tsp cornstarch 

1 Tbls canola oil
1 1/2 Tbls fresh minced ginger root
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb grass fed round or chuck steak, cut into thin strips
1 c organic snow peas
1 c frozen or fresh organic broccoli florets (I buy frozen organic broccoli in bulk from Costco)

In a small bowl combine: soy sauce, liquid aminos, rice wine vinegar, honey, miso & cornstarch. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat and add oil, ginger & garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add beef and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. Add snow peas and broccoli and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture and simmer for an additional 2 minutes until sauce thickens a little.

Serve over organic brown rice.
(I buy my brown rice from Trader Joe's in the frozen section - we love it!)

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