Easy Broccoli Beef

When my sister stayed with us for a bit after she moved down to California she brought some pretty bomb recipes with her. I always envied how good of a cook she is, and honestly thought there was no way I could even come close to making the same meals that she can. Turns out I can. I made a few tweeks to the recipe and I have some of my own little tips I’ve learned that really help make it all go a lot better/smoother.

While not really surprising Nicholas doesn’t really dig this meal, but Emilia LOVED it! Yes, at 8 months old Emilia had broccoli, beef, and rice for dinner. I’m not a big fan of purees as they are expensive to buy and I’m honestly too lazy to make them. I’ve done a lot of research on baby led weaning (blw) and spoken with Emilia’s pediatrician and she is in full support of my approach of just feeding her whatever it is we are eating. Emilia only has her two bottom teeth in the front at this time and is ever so SLOWLY cutting her two top teeth. She chews her food beautifully and eats all kinds of things. I am not an expert at BLW so I don’t feel comfortable giving all kinds of advice or writing a whole post on it, but there are a ton of articles, ideas, and how to’s out there full of amazing information. We just cut her food up a little smaller, make sure it’s soft enough for her, and go from there.

This is an example of how we cute up Emilia’s food, and it was perfect for her. I will feed meals like this to her myself, but other meals I will let her feed herself. It just depends on what kind of mood I’m in and how much of a mess I want to deal with.

Ingredients:
5 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 lb Carne Asada or Skirt Steak, sliced very thin
4 Cups Broccoli Florets
2 Cups Thinly Sliced Onion
1 Cup Beef Broth
2 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Cups Cooked White Rice

Cooking Directions:
Step 1: Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Cook the meat through. In a separate skillet add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over mdeium heat; add broccoli and onion and cook 3-5 minutes, or until vegetables soften.
Step2: WHILE the meat and the broccoli and onion are all cooking mix the broth, brown sugar, and ginger in a bowl and mix together. THEN add to the broccoli and onion skillet.
Step 3: WHILE the meat is still cooking and after you’ve added the broth mixture to the broccoli, in a small bowl or the same bowl, mix the cornstarch and soy sauce together.
Step 4: Once the meat is cooked all the way, add to the skillet with the broccoli and then mix in the cornstarch mixture. Cook for 30-60 seconds or until mixture thickens.
*OPTIONAL STEP* add in about a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.
Step 5: Serve over rice and ENJOY!

PS: when I started making this dinner I did not intend on sharing the recipe and photographing it so picture quality is low. I had a hungry baby yelling at me to stop taking pictures of the food and to feed her alread, and also didn’t think to do it until I sat down to eat. I only cook once in a grand while so there wasn’t a do this later type of mentality either. Just keeping it real here.

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