First of all, I would like to thank my grandma for being so willing to let us crash her house and mess up her kitchen on a spur of the moment because our AC went out. She also gets props for the beautiful plates she let us use. Thanks grandma!
Both of these recipes came from Pinterest. Check my board if you want to pin it 😉. Broccoli beef from here http://rainydaygal.com/2011/02/03/beef-with-broccoli/ and fried rice from here http://therecipecritic.com/2013/08/easy-fried-rice/#_a5y_p=1068858. Note you will need rice that was cooked yesterday (about 3 cups).
Start by making a marinade for the beef. Whisk together 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp corn starch, 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 1 tbsp water, and 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Cut the 1 lb beef flank steak in thin strips against the grain then into bite size pieces. Add the meat to the marinade, toss to coat, cover with seran wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hr.
Prep everything else. Cut 1-2 heads of broccoli into bite size chunks, rinse the frozen peas and carrots and let them thaw, dice an onion, dice about 4 cloves of garlic, whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl, and slice up a bunch of green onions.
Whisk together 1/2 C low sodium soy sauce, 2 tbsp brown sugar, the garlic, 2 tbsp flour, and 1 tbsp sherry till smooth, then set aside. This is your sauce for the broccoli beef.
In a large skillet or wok (#1), heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the broccoli and sauté stirring regularly for about 3 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a side plate.
In a separate skillet (#2), heat 1 tbs vegetable oil and 1 tbsp sesame seed oil (note that he recipe calls for 2 tbsp sesame oil but my hubby is not a fan so I split it and it still worked great). Add the onion, then peas and carrots and sauté till tender. Slide them to one side of the skillet and add the eggs to the other side of the skillet and scramble them. Once scrambled, mix together with the veggies. Add the day old cold rice to he skillet and mix together. Pour the sou sauce over the top (not too much as some people don’t like a ton, but enough to get the right color). Mix till heated through and set aside.
Back to skillet #1, heat the last tbsp of vegetable oil. Add the marinated meat and half the sauce mixture. Stir fry till the meat is cooked through (but not over done). Once cooked, add the broccoli and the rest of the sauce. Stir together and cook a couple more minutes till the sauce is thickened and it looks yummy (just a minute or two).
Serve it up on a plate with them next to each oher or in a bowl with he rice under the broccoli beef. Top with green onions (or mix them in if you all like them). Enjoy!