Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Finally some homemade Chinese food (Darn you Big Bang Theory)

We have had the best luck with this recipe.

As people trying to eat healthy - Chinese food is seriously not on the menu. Unless you count cooked vegetables and steamed rice as chinese food (which we don't haha).  We watch Big Bang Theory all the time and they are constantly eating chinese or some kind of takeout in little white boxes which really gets you hungry!

We tag teamed this meal - between feeding Jack his cereal and then getting him cleaned up ( I swear he wears most of it!) the dinner hour is a two person job!
I've finally tracked down a great homemade Beef and Broccoli recipe which we made tonight for dinner. Absolutely delicious and not too tricky to make at all. If only we had really cool takeout boxes it would have been perfect.  Visit here for recipe and method from Iowa Girl Eats (with GREAT step by step photos so we didn't do a detailed one for here). She also finds inspiration for Chinese food from Big Bang Theory, so i'm SO relieved we aren't the only ones.

Here is snaps of our dinner!

Cooking away!
You would think we would be used to working in a small space therefore not need to use EVERY inch of our huge kitchen... 

Yum Yum  Yum!
It was as great as we hoped - definitely give this recipe a try if you love chinese food but are trying to stick to a healthy lifestyle!  Now we just need to figure out healthy deep fried wontons ... :)

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
(We changed a few things because we had a different set of ingredients/tools)
Serves two
1/3 pound flank steak, sliced very thin and against the grain
3 cups broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
steamed basmati rice
For the beef marinade:
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
For the sauce:
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
1. Place the sliced beef in a large ziplock bag. Stir together the marinade ingredients and pour into the bag. Smoosh to coat the beef in the mixture, then let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 2 minutes, or until crisp tender. Do not overcook as the broccoli will cook a bit more later in the recipe.
3. Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
4. In a large wok or frying pan heat the oil then gently place the beef in the wok and spread into a single layer. Let the beef cook for 1 minute without touching it.
5. Add the garlic and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add in the sauce and broccoli. Bring the sauce to a boil, then add in the cornstarch dissolved in water. Cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Serve over rice, if desired.


  1. I know where you can get those little white take out boxes.. it would be fun.. except.. I can't do chopsticks... I would need a fork!

  2. My favorite is Chinese food (noodles and Teryiaki Chicken) as you can see by my name. And i must say that you have done good job because food looks wonderful on photos and you have good directions.