Great tasting, 5 easy steps, one dish, low fat, less than 30 minutes and only $1.04 per person. That's a perfect combination for a Frugal Feasting Friday recipe. And to make it even better, for those with gluten restrictions, it's gluten free!
Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry
3 c. water
1 1/2 c. uncooked rice
Bring water to a boil. Add rice, cover and simmer on low until rice has absorbed all water.
Meanwhile, continue with steps 2 - 5.
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. minced garlic OR 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. beef steak, cut into thin strips (this is a perfect recipe for less expensive cuts of beef)
salt & pepper to taste
Sprinkle steak strips with salt and pepper. Mix cornstarch, water and garlic into a slurry, pour over steak strips and toss to coat.
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
Heat oil n a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When oil is screaming hot stir-fry beef until beef is no longer pink. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and tent with foil to keep warm.
1 head broccoli, cut into florets and 1 in. pieces OR 1 lb. frozen broccoli, cut into 1 in. pieces.
1 onion, cut into 1 in. chunks
Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes. Return beef to pan.
1/3 c. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger OR 1 tsp. ground dried ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. water
Stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, cornstarch and water until mixed well. Add to the vegetables and beef. Cook and stir until sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Prep Tip: To get the beef strips extra thin, use a sharp knife to cut the meat while it is slightly frozen.
Beef Steak: $4.29 (inexpensive cut of beef purchased on sale)
Onion: $0.00 from our garden
Broccoli: $0.00 from our garden
TOTAL = $6.23 OR $1.04 per person
(Store bought broccoli and onion increases the cost to only $7.95 OR $1.33 per person)