Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

Never miss out on eating out again with this quick and easy recipe for beef and broccoli. It’s gluten free and nightshade free, and a heck of a lot better than take-out. 

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

There are very few dishes that The Husband and I agree on when it comes to Chinese food. I love anything chicken, he doesn’t. He loves the tofu dishes, I don’t. I’ll do soups, he prefers egg rolls. He’ll do seafood, I won’t.

You get where I’m going with this, right?

The two categories that we will unequivocally agree upon? Veggie-packed noodle dishes or beef and broccoli. We’ve been known to occasionally switch things up and go for beef with scallions, but we have to be feeling really crazy to do that.

There are two morals to this story. One, don’t come to a Chinese restaurant with us if you don’t like noodles or beef. And two, it’s a really good thing I started liking broccoli, or we wouldn’t be able to share anything. 😂

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

But, sadly, our eating out days have been put on hold because eating out with food sensitivities is H A R D.

I’ve had to refine my stir frying skills and get better at making sauces that keep us all going back for more, all while avoiding the ingredients that make me feel like poop. Thankfully, I’ve found a few go-to recipes that make missing out on eating out minimal.

Oh, and P.S., I knew I found a winner with this beef with broccoli when The Babe shouted, I LOVE BEEF after her first bite.

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

But don’t take my word for it.

Take yours.

Whip up a batch of beef and broccoli tonight and get ready to win at dinner. Your mouth, your belly, and everyone at your dinner table with thank you. They may even shout I LOVE BEEF, too.

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

Beef with Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free
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Beef and Broccoli

Never miss out on eating out again with this quick and easy recipe for beef and broccoli. It's gluten free and nightshade free, and a heck of a lot better than take-out.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs flank steak
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce if not avoiding gluten
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tsp mirin or rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tbs corn starch or arrowroot powder + 1 tsp water

Instructions

  1. Slice flank steak with the grain into long thin strips and then slice as thinly as possible against the grain.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine tamari, garlic, ginger, and mirin. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok with 1 tbs oil over high heat.
  4. Add in 1/3 of the beef and brown, approximately 30 seconds per side, and transfer to a bowl. Continue browning beef (adding additional oil if necessary) until all beef has been cooked and set aside.
  5. Add remaining 1 tbs into wok and let heat again.
  6. Add in broccoli and cook, stirring, until broccoli is bright green and crisp tender. Should take about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Return beef to wok and add in sauce. Pour in corn starch and stir until sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice (or cauliflower rice, quinoa, or as is)!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, and egg free. It can also be made corn free by using arrowroot powder.
 

Garlicky Noodles (Gluten Free and Nightshade Free)

Garlicky Noodles (Gluten Free and Nightshade Free)

Whip up a soul-satisfying batch of garlicky noodles the next time you’re craving a little something special to eat. Hot or cold, this recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Garlicky Noodles | Gluten Free, Nightshade Free, Dairy Free

Eating noodles while avoiding nightshades and gluten at the same time is HARD people. I mean, there are recipes out there for nomato sauces (tomato-less pasta sauces), but every single one I tried left me tired and hangry (and left my kitchen a total disaster zone).

So after two failed attempts at nomato sauce, I decided that I needed to change my approach to eating pasta.

No more trying to mimic my beloved tomato sauce. Because, let’s be honest, that’s pretty much impossible. Instead, I needed to spend my time making a simple noodle dish that would satisfy my craving for pasta without destroying my kitchen or crushing my spirit. Read More

Saucy Beef with Noodles

Saucy Beef with Noodles

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All hail Pinterest for discovering new recipes. Because that’s where the inspiration came from for my Saucy Beef with Noodles.

It was a recipe I had pinned ages ago but never made. Probably because it had the word chicken in it, and The Husband is allergic to the word. (Not really, but he refuses to eat it.) So I waited to make it when it was just The Babe and I.

It was love at first bite.

And made me want to make it again the next night without the chicken so that The Husband could take a taste. (Spoiler alert: I totally made it again the next night and The Husband was a BIG fan.)

Broccoli and Snap Peas for Saucy Beef with Noodles

I made it a handful of times after that as a vegetarian dish. Until The Husband asked for beef one night and I was already mid-prep with this dish. While it wasn’t my first choice (and likely threw a major wrench in the menu for the week), I wanted to honor the request.

In went the beef.

Out went my expectations for a delicious meal.

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. And it’s called Saucy Beef with Noodles.

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Saucy Beef with Noodles

Impress your family and friends and whip up a batch of these deliciously saucy noodles with beef and whatever veggies you have on hand.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sriracha sauce*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs corn starch or arrowroot powder

The Beef

  • 3 to 4 cups cooked udon noodles
  • 1 lb flank steak sliced thinly
  • 2 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 cup zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 2 green onions chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl whisk all the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Cook udon noodles according to package directions.
  3. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tbs of oil. Add the beef and cook for 30-60 seconds; until both sides are browned. Remove from skillet.
  4. Add remaining 1 tbs of oil and onion to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in garlic, zucchini, broccoli, and snap peas and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes, until veggies are bright green and crisp tender.
  5. Return beef to the skillet and add the noodles. Pour in the sauce and stir until sauce thickens slightly.
  6. Remove from heat and garnish with green onions before serving.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, corn free*, and egg free. This recipe can also be made nightshade free by omitting the Sriracha sauce. See note below to make wheat or gluten free.
*The corn free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of arrowroot powder in place of the corn starch. You can also simply omit this ingredient if you’d prefer.

Note: If you want to make this one wheat or gluten free, try rice noodles, Miracle Noodles or simply omit the noodles altogether and serve over steamed rice.

Kung Pao Meatballs

Kung Pao Meatballs

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I have a love hate relationship with meatballs. The Hubster loves them and I love to hate them. And, well, there was really no in between on that one. Until we started eating red meat on a more regular basis and needed to add some variety into our burger only repertoire.

I’m happy to report that I’ve been able to find a few meatball recipes that I like, including these Kung Pao Meatballs.

The Hubster loves them.

I love them.

And The Babe? She freakin’ loves them too.

So the next time you’re looking for a way to switch things up and get your roll on, I implore you to make these Kung Pao Meatballs.

kung pao meatballs

kung pao meatballs
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Recipe: Kung Pao Meatballs

Get your roll on with these unbelievably good Kung Pao Meatballs. Pair them with a little steamed rice and your favorite veggies and you've got one helluva good meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs or cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbs sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbs sriracha
  • 2 tbs honey

For garnish:

  • 2 tbs chopped green onions
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix beef through garlic in a large mixing bowl and combine with hands until all ingredients have been incorporated.
  3. Roll into balls and transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes, or no longer pink inside.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  5. Combine soy sauce or tamari through honey in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour over meatballs, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free*, gluten free*, and corn free. The wheat free and gluten free status of this recipe is dependent upon the use of cooked quinoa in place of the panko/breadcrumbs.
kung pao meatballs

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

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If I had to choose one food to subsist on for the rest of my life, I’d probably choose french fries.

If I could choose two, it would be a burger and fries.

I’ve had burgers at 5-star restaurants made out of filet minion and the fanciest damn french fries on the planet. I’ve had burgers at the most dingy dive bars on this side of the country. And I’ve had them everywhere in between.

I guess you could say that I’m a total burger connoisseur.

(Okay. Maybe not. Because I only them them one way: with ketchup and pickles and mayyyybe a cooked onion or two.)

In any case, THIS burger is the one that I make week after week. It’s quick and easy and incredibly juicy. The Husband tops his with cheese. I top mine with ketchup and pickles (naturally). The Babe … well, she doesn’t really know what’s she’s missing.

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of burger?

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The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

Whip up these anything but basic beef burgers for a deliciously satisfying meal any day of the week.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onions
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder or minced fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce or tamari

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do no overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
  2. Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
  3. For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
  4. For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free and egg free. Can be made nightshade free by using tamari in place of the Worcestershire sauce. Can be made soy free by using Worcestershire sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos in place of the tamari.
Notes:

  • If you are avoiding Nightshades, balsamic vinegar, tamari or soy sauce (if you can have wheat/gluten), Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Coconut Aminos can be used in place of the Worcestershire Sauce.
  • For those that are gluten free, everything I’ve read online states that Lea & Perins brand Worcestershire sauce is safe to use. If you need a more definitive answer, I’d suggest calling the company directly or substituting it with something else (see above note for ideas).