Beef and broccoli is one of those things that is always a crowd pleaser. It's certainly one of my favorite asian dishes!
That being said, it's likely that a serving of it at your favorite local restaurant will cost you a good 600+ calories, a lot of sugar, and even more sodium. Yikes!
It's take-out fake-out time.
I've lightened this classic dish up by reducing a lot of the sugar and soy sauce that most original recipes call for. So much sugar and sodium is just unneeded, in my opinion.
By the way, have you ever tried 'Yum Yum Sauce'? It's also called 'Japanese White Sauce' at a lot of those popular hibachi steak houses.
I'll admit, when I started working on a lighter version of Yum Yum sauce, I wasn't too impressed. But, after three attempts and a decent outcome, I stuck the final version into the fridge and called it a day.
I pulled the Yum Yum Sauce out a few hours later to serve on the side with this dish and BAM. There it was. The taste had completely changed after the flavors melded there for a few hours together.
I topped mine with some Sriracha and was in heaven.
Recipe to follow!
Healthified Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli
Servings: 4 • Size: About 1 Cup • Calories: 289.7 • Fat: 9.2 g • Carb: 14.6 g • Fiber: 2.7 g • Protein: 37.5 g • Sugar: 6.4 g • Sodium: 483 mg
1 Lb. Round-Roast, Sliced into very thin strips.
1 C. Reduced Sodium Beef Broth
2 Tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Tbsp. Ginger Root, Minced or Grated
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Sliced
2 Tsp. Sesame Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1-2 Tbsp. Corn Starch
2 C. Broccoli Florets (Fresh or Frozen)
2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
Place beef, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, red bell, sesame oil, and garlic into the slow cooker. Give everything a good stir, cover, and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
Once done, add corn starch and broccoli. Give another good stir and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
When the sauce has thickened to your liking, divide and sprinkle 1/2 tbsp. sesame seeds over each serving.
Enjoy warm over rice or noodles of your choice!