beef + broccoli stir fry

You should of seen the size of the fox crossing the road this morning just outside the girls’ school! Trotting along like it owned the joint. Why did the chicken cross the road? I don’t know? To get away from the fox?

Note to self: double, triple check that our chook house is fox proof.

I don’t know about you but our list of things to do around the house is long. There’s always something to be done, inside and out.

  • Plant hedge
  • Hang picture frames
  • Paint fence
  • Finish sand pit
  • Sort out shed
  • Clean windows, etc etc.

You get the gist.

So here’s a meal for those days when you’ve got more important things to do then spend hours slaving away over a hot stove. When you want to achieve, get through your list of jobs. Or if you want to simply spend the time walking around the house, adding things to your list.

This stir fry is fast and tasty, it’s unpretentious and made with very few ingredients. Perfect for the whole family, it’s affordable and is another clever way of using beef mince (that isn’t spaghetti bol). Use any type of veggies you like too. Throw in carrots or capsicum, snow peas or baby corn. Whatever you want. And serve with chilli flakes, chilli sauce or fresh chilli too if you like.

So with dinner sorted, I’m off to tap away at the ol’ to do list. Starting from the top…

Look after those chooks.

Using minced garlic and ginger from a jar makes this really speedy for busy weeknights. As with everything, fresh is always that little bit better; the choice is yours. Now all that needs to happen is for someone to sell chopped brown onions in a jar. Imagine that.
To steam rice, simply add one coffee mug of rice to one and a half water. Pop the lid on, bring to the boil and then back off to a low simmer and let it go for 8 minutes. Fluff up with a fork and viola!
Make it as hot (or as not) as you like.
Is there anything better than leftovers for lunch the next day?

beef + broccoli stir fry | a quick + easy dinner

Lo’s Tips: With most stir fries you’re looking for a nice sauce for the rice or noodles to mop up, but this recipe is quite different. Different in the fact that the beef is quite dry. It’s the best part of the dish in my opinion. You want to really crisp up the beef mince so make sure you have a really hot pan or wok or dust off the old electric fry pan that so many of us have in the back of the cupboard. You don’t want the meat to stew in its own juices, crank up the heat and really ‘brown’ it.

NB: As with any Asian stir fry – you can take it to new heights by adding chopped shallots and fresh coriander. And if you want to go all out – top it off with a goo-ey egg fried in a dash of sesame oil. Yum.

700 grams of premium beef mince
1 x brown onion, finely diced
1 x teaspoon of minced garlic
1 x teaspoon of minced ginger
A dash of oil
Salt + pepper
2 x bunches of broccoli or broccolini, thickest parts of the stems sliced through and cut in to large pieces
A splash of Chinese cooking wine
A dash of soy sauce
A dash of vinegar
A good couple of globs of hoisin sauce
Steamed rice, to serve
Optional: chilli flakes, fresh chilli or chilli sauce to serve

  • Whack the mince, onion, garlic and ginger in to a hot fry pan with a dash of oil and season with salt and pepper. Let it brown really well whilst breaking the mince up and stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Then simply throw in the broccoli (or broccolini) and add the sauces; the cooking wine, soy sauce, vinegar and hoisin and continue to cook until the veggies are cooked to your liking. NB: I like my veggies a bit on the harder side in this dish so that they still have a nice bite to them.
  • Serve with some steamed rice and chilli.

Please feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear what you think of the recipe. xx

4 Comments

  1. I made this last night. It’s delicious and so flavorsome. It’s a perfect winter meal and so quick and easy to whip together. We loved the added chilli hit too. Will definitely be making it again. Thank you!

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    1. Row, thank you so much for taking the time to comment on the recipe. It put a big smile on my face. It’s easy isn’t it. Sometimes it’s those simple meals that hit the spot. 🥰

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  2. Love this!! Will become a weekly regular in our household! So quick, easy and delicious! I added the veggies I had and it’s perfect! 👌

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found something new that’s so easy Suze. Thanks for sharing (and inspiring me, I’m going to make this again tonight). 😆🥰

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