Saturday, January 4, 2020

Easy Beef with Broccoli

Put down the phone--no need to order takeout with this simple beef with broccoli recipe!  I changed it up a bit--used top round steak instead of the pricier flank steak (which I can never find in our grocery anyway) and I cut way back on the oil using one tablespoon in all.  I also microwaved the broccoli until crisp tender then added it to the mix.

3 TBL cornstarch, divided
3 TBL water
1 pound flank steak, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 TBLS packed light brown sugar
1 TBL minced garlic
2 tsps. grated fresh ginger
2 TBLS vegetable oil, divided
4 cups small broccoli florets, microwaved until crisp tender 
1 small onion, sliced 

Whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Add the beef to the bowl and toss to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch with the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Set the sauce aside. 

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium heatWhen hot, add the beef and cook, stirring constantly until the beef is almost cooked through. Transfer the beef to a plate.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan and heat.  Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender.  

Return the beef to the pan along with the broccoli and add the sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens slightly.  


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New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth “Biz” Adams has been sent to the World’s Fair—billed as the “World of Tomorrow,” a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade’s pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.

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But when Kaminsky’s efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.


  1. Wow this sounds so good one that my husband can make and easy clean up also. Thank you for posting I can't cook much due to crippled fingers and other things from a disease that I have been battling for 32 + years so luckily hubby does now i do the read and review of print books and he is fine with that! peggy clayton

    1. Peggy, I think your hubby could handle making this! Mine might even be able to (he can barely boil water.) I will have to encourage him to try. Sounds like you and hubby make a good team!

  2. This is so inviting that I just changed my mind on tomorrow's dinner!

    1. Delicious, but a bit salty.
      The rice helped balance it.
      Next time I might cut the soy sauce amount and use broth in place of it.