There’s always something fun about getting take-out. The no-fuss, no work, no clean up aspect plus the tasty, decadent (sinful?) food orgy of food that you know is probably very bad for you. I’m guilty of it, and we try to get away from it when we can. We meal plan, we buy healthy things, but at the end of the day, sometimes you just want a treat.
So what we’ve taken to doing at home is that when there is time, we try and recreate some of our take-out favorites. A bit more time spent, but less expensive and certainly healthier.
This time we made one of our favorite Chinese take-out items, beef with broccoli. It was dead simple. We bought a roast from one of the big box stores and I spent a little time slicing it into stir fry portions. I vaccuum sealed the majority in one pound bags for other meals, and saved a pound for our supper. I then sliced 2 large carrots, chunked an onion up, 2 cloves of garlic and about 2 cups of broccoli florets.We also started the rice cooker with some brown rice.
My wife fired off the meat after a little dusting of corn starch and placed the almost-done beef in a bowl. In the now-seasoned pan she made a rich gravy and added the vegetables and seasoned to taste. As they got done she added the beef back in. A few stirs and some simmering, and it’s done.
We plated it over the rice and I decided on an oval plate for my photos for submission to my agencies.