Orange beef with broccoli

I've been in a hibernating mood lately. Blame the weather outside, blame my uterus, blame my wanting to take it easy before HAWAII (I leave on Tuesday!), but lately I've been totally satisfied with relaxing at home, watching a few episodes of a show, drinking tea, catching up on my reading, and oh yeah, studying too! It's actually ok when it's not in a panicked fervor the weekend before the exam and it helps that the material isn't hard. I finally feel on top of my schoolwork for the first time this semester, w00t!

This past week, I had a huge crown of broccoli left over, some clementines, and a craving for beef. Maybe I'm anemic. So I made this!

Aren't my Instagram skillz improving? 

It was easy, delicious, and we finished it off in one go because was so good. Here's the recipe, all scientific and stuff, courtesy of yours truly.

Orange Beef with Broccoli
-1/2 pound stir fry beef, cut into strips
-1 head of broccoli
-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1 T soy sauce
-1/2 T rice vinegar
-1 T vegetable oil
-1 tsp sesame oil (optional, but gives you that hint of something extra Asian-y)
-1 T cornstach

-1/2 cup beef broth (I used 2 bullion cubes with 1/2 boiling water)
-1/4 cup orange juice (I used the juice of 2 clementines)
-1 T orange zest
-2 T oyster sauce
-1 T soy sauce
-1 T cornstarch
-1 tsp sugar (I used a half packet of Splenda)

-red pepper flakes
-sesame seeds

1. Cut your beef into strips, against the grain of the meat. You can use any cut of beef you want and any quantity you want, actually. Since I like to eat more veggies than meet, I only used a small amount and made it with an abundance of broccoli.
2. Dump your marinade ingredients into a container with the beef strips and use your hands to mix everything together. Refrigerate for at least 30 min.
3. Cut your broccoli into manageable chunks and mince your garlic while you're waiting for the meat to marinate.
4. Juice 2 clementines and grate 1 T of zest into a mixing bowl. Then add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix it together.
5. After you've let your meat marinate, oil and heat a skillet (cast iron all the way) until it's sizzling hot (when you flick a few drops of water on it, it should sizzle). Stir fry the beef for a few minutes until it's seared. Give your sauce a quick stir and then dump it into the skillet. It should boil and bubble up for a few minutes and reduce down to a nice thick sauce.
6. While you're doing this, or you could even do it before, microwave your broccoli on a plate with about 1/4 - 1/2 cup water for 2-3 minutes. This cooks the broccoli beforehand to cut down on time where you could burn your meat.
7. After the broccoli's done, dump it into the pan and mix it around with everything. Cook for a few minutes until everything's combined and give it a taste! Add red pepper flakes for a kick and sesame seeds on top for a nice garnish.

And then remember these?

My pumpkin-banana-oatmeal breakfast cookies? I love these so much I make them about once a week to eat for breakfast and this week, I made CHOCOLATE ones.

Just use my old recipe below and replace all the pumpkin spices (cinammon, nutmeg, allspice) with about 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. I just add cocoa powder and combine it with all the wet ingredients + salt + baking powder until it gets to a chocolate-y color and then add the oats last. I know, I'm not very scientific at all when it comes to cooking because I think at the heart of it, it should be about the taste and not about following a recipe. Use the ingredients you love in the amount that tastes good to you. Most of the time, I don't have all of the ingredients on hand for a specific recipe, so I make do with what I have and it turns out fine! It's a little harder if I really like something I make and then want to recreate that exact same recipe, but I still figure it out. And by now I've made these cookies so much I can recipe the recipe like the back of my hand. If you haven't made them yet, give it a go! It's like eating a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form. The best part is there are no dishes to wash and it's healthy to boot.

Oh yeah, follow me on Instagram @froyoyo! I'll be live instagramming from Hawaii ;)


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