Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chili Beef and Broccoli

Asian food is one of the biggest gluten traps out there. Sadly, the majority of dishes are off limits. The funny thing is most of the time, it's a simple switch from soy sauce to tamari. I am surprised that more asian restaurants haven't jumped on the gluten free train. There are some great chain restaurants like PF Changes and Pei Wei that have a dedicated Gluten Free menu but most authentic asian restaurants have yet to make the switch. Since eating out can be difficult and breaks my budget, creating delicious asian recipes is what I strive to do. Enjoy this sweet spicy beef dish with some sticky rice and don't forget your chopsticks and sake!

4 TBSP Olive Oil
1 Pound Beef, Your Choice of Cut
*I have made this recipe using different types of beef like skirt steak as well as a cheaper cut of beef. 
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 TSP Ginger, Minced
1/2 Cup Tamari (Gluten Free Soy Sauce)
1/2 Cup Water
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1 TBSP Heinz Chili Sauce
1/2 Onion, Sliced
1 Crown Broccoli, Cut into Florets
Rice Flour
*You can add other veggies too!

In a small skillet, heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add broccoli and onions. Sauté until onions are almost translucent. Set aside

Using the same skillet, Heat 2 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger. *Keep an eye on your garlic so it doesn't burn. Quickly add tamari and water to cool it down slightly. 
Next, add your brown sugar and chili sauce until dissolved. Turn the heat a little lower and let simmer for 1-2 minutes while stirring. This will thicken your sauce a little.
Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare the beef! Cut beef into 1/4 Inch strips against the grain. Toss with rice flour. 

In a large skillet or preferably a wok, heat 1-2 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add your beef and cook for 3 minutes until edges turn darker. 
*If there is a lot of excess oil, drain the oil.

Toss in your broccoli and onion and cook for 1 more minute. 
Then add your sauce and cook for 1 more minute.
Serve hot with rice and enjoy! xx

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