Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fried Rice with Beef and Broccoli


My kids have been loving the fast Asian food restaurant lately and I can even admit that it hits the spot from time to time.

It really got me wondering why I don't cook more Asian food at home if I love it so much?

So, earlier this week I had an idea to make a teriyaki beef and broccoli.

But, then I decided I wanted to try making some fried rice.

The fried rice was so amazing, a perfect blend of soy sauce and sesame oil…that I skipped the teriyaki all together and just enjoyed the fabulous flavors of the rice with some lightly seasoned beef and broccoli.


Starting with the obvious ingredient, 4 cups of Minute rice and 3 cups of beef broth,
for a little extra flavor. 


While the rice was cooking, 1 tbsp of minced garlic was sautéed in 1 tbsp of sesame oil

This smelled fabulous throughout the house and the kids were running in asking what I was making that smelled so good! 


Then, 2 eggs were scrambled up in another tbsp of sesame oil. 


This isn't my traditional egg pan nor is it a wok, so it was a little interesting, but delicious, nonetheless. 


Two cups of frozen peas were added to the garlic and egg. 

This would also be where the shredded carrots would be added as well…
if I had any in the house at the time. 


The cooked rice was also added to the pan, along with 1/4 cup soy sauce. 


Stirred up and taste-tested…this is where the meal plan took a turn. 


This was just too good to add anything that would compete with all of the amazing flavors. 

Skip the teriyaki, just cook the beef and broccoli and toss them together. 


Into a pan went just under 1# of stir fry beef strips, seasoned with some salt. 


Then, a couple cups of broccoli were cooked up. 


Tossed all back together. 


Top the rice with the beef and broccoli, perhaps a dash of crushed red pepper and serve. 

I can honestly say that my family was impressed with this meal…
That is a tall order because their expectations have grown. 



RECIPE:

Ingredients:
4 cups of Minute rice
3 cups of beef broth
1 tbsp of minced garlic 
2 tbsp of sesame oil, divided
2 eggs
2 cups of frozen peas
1-2 cups of shredded carrots (would be a great addition)
1/4 cup soy sauce
vegetable oil
1# of stir fry beef strips
salt - to taste
2 cups of broccoli
crushed red pepper - optional

Directions:
Cook rice according to instructions on box. 
In wok, or large pan, sautee minced garlic in 1 tbsp sesame oil. Push aside.
Add another tbsp sesame oil and scramble 2 eggs. 
Add the peas to the pan with the garlic and eggs, to thaw. 
Add in the rice, top with soy sauce. 

*Taste a little bit of heaven!*

Cook up the beef in some hot oil. 
Set aside and trim as necessary. 
Cook the broccoli a bit to soften, leaving plenty of texture. 

Combine the beef and broccoli, add to the rice, top with crushed red pepper, if you are feeling adventurous.