Have I ever mentioned how much I love Asian food? Because I do. A lot.
There’s no good Asian delivery options with vegan options so when we want it, we have to cook it ourselves. That’s just fine by me because then I can use Cronometer to make just enough for two people. Takeout Asian food always gives out so much, which I love…but I also don’t love.
There was a beautiful head of broccoli at the market this week and I knew immediately what I wanted. Vegan Beef & Broccoli but not just the kind you make when you’re being a lazy vegan, but the kind that comes in a thick, silky sauce filled with flavor.
There’s nothing better than finally getting a vegan beef & broccoli recipe right. Like, really right. This one, credit to my hubs, was Top 5 Vegan Beef & Broccoli, at least in my opinion.
The ingredients for vegan beef and broccoli are pretty simple. The only thing that can be tricky, but isn’t really, is the sauce. For me, it usually comes out too watery or too thick, but this one was…perfect. Before you turn on the stove, gather your ingredients and start the prep work.
Cook the rice–your choice–according to the instructions. Don’t forget to fluff it before you plate it or you’ll end up with globs of rice that will go everywhere as soon as your chopsticks dig in!
Steam the broccoli for 2 or 3 minutes and then run cold water over it, or if you have the room in your big, spacious kitchen, a quick ice bath to stop it cooking. This will get rid of the age old problem of soggy broccoli in your vegan beef and broccoli. When the time comes, just add it to the skillet with the TVP and the sauce, but that’s not until later.
Re-hydrate the TVP and drain it, but not completely. Add peanut oil to the skillet and start cooking the TVP over medium-high heat. Add the ginger after a few minutes and cook until fragrant. Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and starch with water and add it to the skillet, but ONLY when you have the vegan beef exactly how you want it.
Tip: Add a grill seasoning or steak seasoning mix (check the ingredients) to give it a lot of additional flavor.
Add the soy sauce-starch mixture and bring it to a boil, then let it simmer until thick. Here is where you can add the broccoli or you can do it like my husband did and serve it all separately. Personally, I prefer to get some saucy broccoli but the choice is yours.
Serve it on top of the rice or beside it and there you go, restaurant quality vegan beef and broccoli right in the comfort of your own home. No pants required.