Friday, February 13, 2015

Healthy Beef & Broccoli

These days, take-out food has become an 'easy button' in our busy lives.  We often grab a quick lunch on the go, or opt for prepared food instead of a home cooked meal after a long day of work, school, and making sure the endless to-do list gets done.  But eating take-out usually isn't the healthiest option, especially when you are are picking up foods that are loaded with preservatives, refined sugars, and non-natural ingredients.   We are always on the hunt for easy recipes that mimic some of our favorite take-out options, and this beef and broccoli recipe fits the bill!  It is paleo, gluten free and super delicious :)

  • 1 cup coconut aminos
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 3 crowns of broccoli, cut into florets
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • couple tablespoons of coconut oil
  • ½ cup toasted cashews
  1. Whisk together coconut amines, orange juice, honey, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, arrowroot powder, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  2. Place sliced flank steak in a shallow bowl and pour whisked mixture on top of the meat to cover. Place in fridge and let refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. After meat has refrigerated, place a large pan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan when hot, then add broccoli florets. Sprinkle with a little salt and mix around in the pan to help crisp up. To make sure my broccoli gets soft, I use a teaspoon of water, add it to the pan and then cover to help steam the broccoli for just 1 minute.
  4. Once broccoli is cooked through to preference, remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Place pan back over high heat, add a little more coconut oil then add the meat and sauce directly to the hot pan, trying not to overcrowd the bottom of the pan. Cook meat until barely any pink remains, then add broccoli back to the pan, along with toasted cashews.
  6. Mix together and cook for 1 more minute. Serve!

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