I think I've mentioned before that I'm pretty broke, like, all the time. I'm pretty sure I get paid in Monopoly money. The toughest part of any month for me is the first when I have to throw away 3/4 of my paycheck to rent and I'm stuck with just enough money for groceries, a tank of gas, Taco Tuesday, and if I'm lucky, a happy hour beer.
This month is especially tight because of all the fun I had going on last week with several happy hours and a baseball game, beer and food for the cabin and two tanks of gas and I'm only 5 days into my paycheck.
Normally I would order a large pizza and eat that for two days, lunch and dinner. But I'm really trying to stick to this whole eat clean thing. I'm not sure if soy/oyster sauce and corn starch fall into eating clean, but it's surely better than a large deep dish pepperoni pizza.
I racked my brain for what I had in my fridge and remembered I had some fresh broccoli that I needed to use. On my way home from work I stopped by the grocery store (Target) and picked up the cheapest piece of steak I could find. This one was labeled stir fry steak, so it worked with what I wanted to make, which was Beef Broccoli Stir Fry!
The best way to start a meal like this is to get your rice started before you begin the chopping and cutting of veggies and meat. I made one cup of brown rice in my rice cooker and started preparing the rest of the meal.
Start by cutting your steak into thin strips. I added three garlic cloves and half a yellow onion. I love garlic in any form and my motto is 'the more the merrier', that goes for garlic, and everything else.
Steam the broccoli. In a dish like this I like my broccoli firm, so I cooked it for about 10 minutes.
Saute the beef, onions and garlic. I didn't add any oil to the pan and just cooked in the juice from the meat. I seasoned with some pepper, and that was all.
Once the broccoli and meat were done cooking I drained the broccoli and mixed in the beef, onion and garlic (skimming it out of the juices it was cooking in).
Now we are on to the sauce. I love this one because it is sooo simple. I always see stir fry sauces that call for 12 different ingredients that I don't have and never will. This sauce only calls for four ingredients, all all house staples except maybe Oyster Sauce, but it stays well in the fridge for a while and I use it quite a bit because I love stir fry.
In a small bowl, add one tablespoon corn starch, three tablespoons water, one tablespoon Oyster Sauce, and two tablespoons of Soy Sauce. Mix it all together until smooth and pour over your beef and broccoli.
Reheat on med-low until the sauce thickens and coats everything evenly. If the sauce doesn't thicken, add some more corn starch. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water until you get the consistency you prefer. In this recipe, a little corn starch and water goes a long way, so add a little at a time.
Dish on top of a bead of brown rice and viola! A delicious, cheap, home cooked meal that is so much more tasty and healthy than ordering from your local Chinese restaurant.
All I had to pick up for this dish was the meat ($4.31), onion, ($.79), and garlic ($.59) For a total of $5.69 and it will last me two dinners, maybe three.
Before making this yummy Beef Broccoli, I went for a 3.5 mile training run around Loring Park and the Kenwood Trail. I love taking this bridge over Hennepin Avenue and into the Sculpture Garden.
Happy Hump Day!