Today’s recipe is probably my favorite thing I have made in ages. It was like take-out quality, but better. It was fast (under 30 minutes), and so good. The only problem is it does take a lot of ingredients to make this amazing sauce. Because of that, I like to make a bunch, and store it in a mason jar in my fridge. So I am going to provide a double recipe, but you can always cut it in half if need be.
I love Asian inspired dishes. They always have a lot of flavor, and usually involve plenty of vegetables. I don’t typically have to worry about things like gluten allergies, or dairy allergies, and I get to enjoy a restaurant style meal for a fraction of the price.
Day 11: Meal Plan & Beef & Broccoli
- 1.5 lb beef round roast sliced into 1/8 inch thin slices
- 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds otpional
- 1 Tbs Honey
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbs rice wine not vinegar or mirin
- 2 Tbs oyster sauce
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- 1/2 Tbs Sriracha
- 1/2 Tbs sesame oil
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 Tbs minced onion
- 1/2 Tbs corn starch
- Mix together sauce ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until smooth and fully incorporated
- Put a little sauce in bottom of medium to large pan, and heat on medium heat
- When saute pan is hot, add sliced beef, and pour rest of sauce over the top
- Cook on medium to medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until beef starts to brown
- Add in fresh broccoli florets
- Cook another 5-7 minutes until beef is cooked and broccoli is tender
- Serve hot, over rice if desired
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for extra flavor
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
This particular recipe can be altered to make it healthier by subbing out extra honey rather than the brown sugar. It was a real hit with my kids, hubby, and even my sister!
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Knowing what you are going to eat helps you stay on track with healthy eating because it means less snacking, and less grabbing things that are unhealthy because you do not know what to make.
Day 11 Mini- Challenge: Create a Meal Plan for the Week
There are so many reasons you should meal plan, including your snacking, but I am going to name my top 5:
- Saves time: Shopping with a list is faster. Knowing what you are going to make means less opening and closing the fridge and rummaging. Trust me, taking a few minutes to plan a basic menu for the week, and a few snacks can save you loads of time!
- Save money: Who doesn’t like this benefit? You will save when shopping because there will be fewer whim-based purchases. More effective shopping isn’t the only way you save. When I have a meal plan we eat out a lot less, saving us money and giving us healthier meals from the kitchen.
- Less waste: Did you know that most Americans throw away 25% of the food they buy, either because it goes bad before it is used, or there are leftovers that don’t get eaten. How awesome would it be to cut your grocery bill by 25%. When you meal plan, you know what you are going to need, and you don’t get extra. You can make what you need, and waste far less.
- Takes out the guess work: One of my least favorite phrases is, “What is for dinner?” A million times, asked by each kid. A meal plan sets expectations. They know what is available, and when. And you could even include a helping hands list with that, assigning different aspects of the meal prep to different family members.
- It is a guide not a law: I love having a plan. A meal plan is a plan, and it helps me feel like I know what to expect. It takes stress out of my day, helps me remember to pull this or that out of the freezer, or throw this or that into the crock pot. However, it is just that, a plan. It can be changed, thrown out, recreated, postponed, etc. Once you have it, it is yours to use as you see fit.
Another huge perk is that if you are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle you can plan meals that fit that lifestyle so your fridge, pantry, and daily activities all fit in with that goal.
I have heard TotalRecipeSearch.com is a convenient tool for meal planning. I do not use it myself because our meal plans are based on what I am making for the blog for the week, but I have seen many good reviews, and a meal plan app can be very useful for things like grocery shopping and the like, so check it out if you need meal plan ideas, or drop me a line and I can help you put one together:
If you are just joining us, here are the mini-challenges you missed:
- Day one: Keep a Food Journal
- Day Two: Replace a Negative Temptation with a Positive One
- Day Three: Add Variety to Your Diet
- Day Four: Use Spice Not Salt to Season
- Day Five: Hydrate
- Day Six: Stop Eating 3 Hours Before Bed
- Day 7: Stop Emotional Eating
- Day 8: Brush Teeth After Each Meal to Cut Down Snacking
- Day 9: Practice Portion Control
- Day 10: Post Health Goals and Motivation
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