Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beef and Broccoli

Failure! I thought this would be a hit with Rob because it calls for sirloin steak, but I botched it and overcooked the steak. PS I also burned the rice. The sauce was good though. I've been getting a lot of recipes from my friend's dinner for dollars blog lately and they're great.

Broccoli Beef

2 TBSP cornstarch
1 3/4 cup beef broth
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1 lb boneless sirlion steak or top beef round steak cut into thin strips (I actually used 1 ranch steak that was .75 lbs for 2.99 and it fed 5 adults and my toddler, it was tender!)
4 cups fresh broccoli (you could use frozen.. but why? hehe)

In a medium size bowl stir together cornstarch, beef broth, soy sauce and brown sugar; set aside. (if you are making your own broth this can wait a minute until your broth has cooled a bit). In a large nonstick skillet fry beef over med-high heat until cooked and drain off any fat. Add in the garlic and continue to saute. Add broccoli and saute for an additional minute. Add your sauce and cook and stir until the sauce thickens. Great served over hot white rice!

So this will be really good next time I try making it. I think my problem was adding the broccoli and sauce mixture too late. As I waited for things to cook and thicken, the beef got overcooked. Remember, self, steak is tasty with some red in the center. Before you make this again, google 'how to make beef really tender.'

7 layer dip

I forget about this yummy stuff yet it is always a hit. I wanted to make a note to make this in the same week as the tacos above because it uses a lot of the same ingredients.

refried beans
guac spread
sour cream


Tonight I made a bit of my own concoction..which I RARELY do. Maybe some day, but for now I desperately need recipes.
I cooked the meat according to the taco seasoning package, lightly fried some tortillas in some smart balance oil, and put warmed up refried beans on the tortillas, meat over the top, with tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream. Rob and my dad started eating it and as an afterthought I pulled out some guac spread and salsa. Rob loved it after he added these. He said it was just the juice it needed.

refried beans
sb oil
hamburger meat
taco seasoning
guac spread
sour cream