Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
Inexpensive Steak and Broccoli Dish
I've had this wonderful recipe for so long, and the several times I've made it it's been fantastic. However, I keep putting off making it again because I've always felt like I needed steak for this recipe. Well, that never happens around here, or we end up using the steak for a different dish.
Well, I went looking for this recipe the other day because I realized that I hadn't made it in a while. It's such a great recipe, but I wanted to figure out if it was possible to make without the steak. Hamburger! Last week, my husband had given me the challenge to make as many hamburger recipes as possible in order to use up some overflow we had in the outside freezer, so I wanted to see if it would work in this particular recipe.
I wasn't let down. It turns out that I didn't need the steak at all to have a delicious beef and broccoli dish with rice. I will certainly have to make this recipe more of a regular in our dinner rotation now that I know I can use hamburger in it. What's even better is that it's super quick and easy to put together. I usually already have my hamburger cooked and waiting in the freezer in one-pound servings, and my onions are dehydrated, making this even faster than usual to toss together.
I hope you'll give this recipe a try in your household. You will be delighted by just how good it is and how easy it will be to get your kids to eat their veggies with this dish on the table. Let's see how I did it!
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For the meat and broccoli:
- 1 pound steak or hamburger
- 2 broccoli crowns, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup organic soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup water
- Since the rice takes 30 minutes to cook, I started getting that cooked in my rice maker.
- Cook the hamburger and chopped onions in a saute pan. Steam the broccoli in a separate pot in a steamer basket.
- While everything is cooking, you can mix up your sauce. Pour the honey into a microwave-safe bowl and then melt the honey in the microwave. Add the organic soy sauce and minced garlic.
- Add water, ginger, and pepper. Mix it really well.
- When the hamburger and broccoli are ready, you can combine them in the saute pan.
- Pour the sauce over the top of your meat and veggies and mix everything together well.
- Serve with rice and enjoy!
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Get the Kids to Help!
One of the best things about all of the meals I create is that my kids get to help with the creation of them each and every time. They ask to help and with the ingredients being so easy. Since we repeat the same procedures for everything time and time again, they can feel like they know how to cook pretty confidently.
It's easy enough even for my toddler to break apart the broccoli, pour the hamburger, dehydrated onions and sauce ingredients into their respective dishes, and mix it all together. He's learning kitchen safety, food handling, measurement and ingredients, and even mixtures. He is also getting the benefit of making and serving his family good food, and all of this makes him want to sit down and eat the meal once it's done and over with.
He has pride in the food that we make for our various meals and has an active interest in making everything we eat. Since we grow many of our own food items in the back yard, he can even see the entire process from seed to table and go pick vegetables for our dinner in the evenings.
Meals in our house aren't just tossing ingredients together that we find in the refrigerator—they are a learning experience for our children as well (and the motivation to get them to eat what we are making). I'm hoping that one day our boys will be able to prepare nutritious dishes for their families without a second thought. They will know where our food comes from, be able to grow it, know how ingredients go together, know how to handle and measure them, and be able to make things that taste good, even if it's just for themselves.
Dinner isn't just food in our house. It's an education.
© 2018 Victoria Van Ness