Vegetarian Beef and Broccoli
The Finished Product
Meatless Meal Option
My family loves Chinese food—I guess we're the typical New York Jewish family. However, there's a lot I don't love about ordering Chinese food: the sodium, MSG, oil, sugar in the sauce, the fact that I'm ravenous shortly after eating, and most importantly, the meals aren't kosher!
So what's a girl to do? I got creative. I came across a kosher, meatless alternative with clean ingredients at my local supermarket. I bought it, and that got my wheels turning. I've used the ground beef substitute before, but had this stuff called "Beefless Tips" by Gardein in my freezer, along with a bunch of frozen, steamer bags of broccoli. Today was a long day, between work and spending time with relatives visiting from Florida. I didn't feel like cooking, and it hit me! Beefless and broccoli. It came out so good, I just had to share.
This meal works for vegetarians, those who are dairy-free or on Weight Watchers, and those following the 21-day fix.
Normally, I would have cooked this with beef. But in the interest of time (and because I was feeling lazy), I used 2 steamer bags of frozen broccoli. The beefless tips are frozen, and don't need to be defrosted. I served my meal over cauliflower rice (also frozen steamer bags), but you could use regular white or brown rice. If you're in a hurry, your local supermarket most likely has frozen rice in steamer bags as well. Those things are a lifesaver!
Beefless Tips - What is this?
- 1 package Gardein Beefless Tips
- 2 packages (12 oz each) Broccoli Florets, frozen
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Potato Starch, you can substitute 2T of cornstarch
- 3/4 cup Water, cold
- 1/3 cup Coconut aminos, tamari sauce, or low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, adjust to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- A sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- 4 cups Cauliflower rice, or regular rice
- Microwave each package of frozen broccoli separately, according to the directions on the package. Alternately, you can steam them on the stove, but that takes much longer.
- Microwave the cauliflower rice according to the instructions on the package. This can also be done on the stove, but will add to your cook time.
- While waiting for the microwave packages to finish, take the cold water and place it in a small mixing bowl. Slowly add the potato starch (or cornstarch) to the water while stirring with a fork. Mix it until there are no more lumps. You must use cold water, or it will create little gelatinous globs that aren't very enjoyable to eat.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the coconut aminos, honey, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix well. Give the potato starch another mix to ensure that there's no more lumps. Add it to the medium bowl and stir to combine.
- Put the olive oil in a large skillet, and cook the beefless tips over medium low heat for about 5-7 minutes, turning to ensure that they are heated evenly.
- Pour both packages of broccoli into the skillet with the beefless tips, and add the sauce. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken. Stir to cover the beefless tips and broccoli with sauce.
- Put a cup of cauliflower rice on your plate, and serve with 1/4 of the beefless and broccoli. Top with a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and sesame seeds (if desired).
21 Day Fix Container Counts
One serving will work out to 2 greens and 1 red.