March 29, 2017
Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl
Great news guys…my kids now eat broccoli! What, that's not exciting to you? Well, it definitely is to me. In fact, it feels like a massive victory in this house, like the heavens have opened and a choir of angels are singing over my dining room table. That might sound a bit over the top to you, but the fact that I finally have another green veggie option besides green beans that my kids will willingly eat just makes me so happy. You might be under the false impression that because I am one half of a food-blogging team every meal is a breeze, but no. I, too, find myself in weekly dinner ruts. So I'm working hard and fast to capitalize on this current broccoli kick my kids have stumbled into (because we all know kids’ lists of likes and dislikes can change in a hot minute) and am testing and brainstorming up as many broccoli recipes as I can. Which bring me to this delightful Asian broccoli beef soba bowl.
...I feel like I won the lottery this week.
Have you ever been to a Mongolian grill? Well, we go to them a lot. If you aren't familiar here's the jist of what you can expect: grab a bowl and then pile all of your favorite veggies, noodles, and cuts of meats (all raw) as high as possible, then choose your marinade (garlic, always lots and lots of garlic), and at last hand your bowl off and watch while everything is cooked together on one piping hot grill. Sounds fun right? It's no surprise my kids love it. It's like a choose your own adventure book that ends with loud sizzling and a show of chefs aggressively chopping at their food. I love it too, because my kids eat loads of veggies without complaining. Inspired by this method of whole foods and delicious sauce coming together at high heat, I decided to make my own version at home with my kids’ new favorite veggie as the star.
And wouldn't you know it, these Asian broccoli beef soba bowls were a huge hit (almost as huge a hit as going out to a Mongolian grill, except there were no large flames, so I lost a few points). It was quick, simple, and completely, satisfyingly delicious. I used Taylor Farms Organic broccoli florets (crisp, organic, pre-cut? Yes please!) to make things really easy, added my beef, noodles, and sesame sauce and the whole meal came together in well under 30 minutes.
Guys, after finding another delicious meal to add to my weeknight rotation and knowing my kids are getting in just a few more veggies I feel like I won the lottery this week. Are my standards low these days? Yes. Should I be this excited about a weeknight dinner win? Probably not. Is this all a sign that I need a vacation? Most definitely. But in all seriousness, some organic precut broccoli from Taylor Farms and my kids not complaining about one extra thing is just about all I need to feel like a million bucks these day. I'm taking my wins where I can...while feverishly working on vacation plans, of course.
This is a sponsored post written by The Modern Proper on behalf of Taylor Farms. The opinions and text are all ours.
Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl
|1.5 lbs||skirt steak, thinly sliced|
|1/4 cup||soy sauce|
|1||9 oz bag Taylor Farms Organic Broccoli Florets|
|12 oz||soba noodles|
Spicy Sesame Sauce
|1/2 cup||soy sauce, or coconut aminos|
|2 tbsp||lime juice|
|1 tbsp||lime zest|
|1.5 tbsp||sesame oil|
|2||birds eye chilis, minced or 1 tsp red pepper flakes|
|2 tsp||grated ginger|
|4||garlic cloves, minced|
- In a medium bowl stir cornstarch, honey and soy sauce together until cornstarch is dissolved. Add beef and toss until the meat is coated. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- While beef is marinating cook soba noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
- Prepare a steam basket over boiling water adding broccoli wants steam is produced. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Set broccoli aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients for the spicy sesame sauce and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet, or wok over high heat. Once the pan is smoking, add the beef in small batches cooking until edges are crispy. Continue with the rest of the beef. Add beef, broccoli and noodles to the pan along with the the sesame sauce. Cook and toss together over medium heat until everything has combined. Serve hot with green onions, cilantro, extra chilies and sesame seeds.