Apr 9, 2018

Meal Prep Monday: Broccoli & Beef

Time for another Meal Prep Monday! Although this one was good, I had a couple problems with it, so it didn't make the top of the list as my favorite.

Brought To You By: Life Made Sweeter
Servings: 4
Total Time: 30 minutes

Here's What You Need
3/4 lb flank steak or sirloin, trimmed of fat, very thinly sliced against the grain
1 tbsp cooking oil
Water for blanching broccoli
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 1/2 cup broccoli florets (about 1 head)

--Beef Marinade--
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/8 tsp black pepper

--Sauce--
1 1/2 tsp oyster flavored sauce
1 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp graulated sugar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp dry Sherry
2 tsp cornstarch
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup cold water

Here's What You Do
In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the beef slices and stir until coated. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.

In a large non-stick pan, bring water to boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook for about 30 seconds. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside. (You can also put the broccoli straight into a ice water bath which is just a bowl of ice water after taking it out the pan then drain well.)

Combine all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat cooking oil over high heat, for about 2 minutes, until you start to see smoke. Quickly add the beef to the smoking pan and spread the pieces out to a single layer allowing them to sear and brown. Add the garlic and continue to cook until the meat is no longer pink (about 1-2 minutes, make sure not to overcook).

Pour in sauce, stirring constantly, until the sauce boils and thickens - about 30 seconds. Add more water if needed to thin out sauce. Quickly stir in broccoli and toss everything together to coat well. Salt and pepper to taste.

Divide evenly into lunch containers with favorite carb such as rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped onions.













Like I mentioned before I had a couple of issues with this meal which influenced my feelings about it.

First of all I didn't get the right beef exactly. I was having trouble finding what I wanted so I found some stir-fry beef and just went with it. It wasn't cut all the thinly which meant I could only get four days worth of meals out of it, so that's not so great, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

The other problem which was completely my own fault was that I think I over-cooked the beef in the first place, so when I heated up my meals each day, it cooked the beef a bit more so some pieces were a bit chewy and not as good. It was all eatable and still good, but it definitely would have been better had I handled cooking it better.

The next problem I had - I told you I had a lot of problems - was that I think my cornstarch was too old. It didn't really do a good job thickening anything up. My sauce turned out to be really watery so neither the beef nor the broccoli absorbed the sauce so overall the meal was a bit bland.

Truthfully it was a little disappointing but I ate all four days of it I had and it wasn't terrible. I think this meal could be really delicious if things went better than it went for me for sure!


Check out other meal prep ideas here:
Lo Mein
Greek Couscous Salad

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