Thursday, April 26, 2007

Simple Steak with Broccoli

When traveling, it's a pain to come up with simple meals that don't need extra oil, spices or kitchen equipment. Here's a fast one-person dinner that can be made with just a paring knife and small saucepan, cooked over a travel range. I like to use the fat from the beef to flavor the veggies.

--Hang with me while I still feature easy, minimalistic dishes.. school will soon be out and I plan on spending the summer baking and trying more 'involved' food (I'm dreaming of rum cake, layered brownies and eggplant parmesan)!

Serves 1
20 minutes
-small saucepan
Quick and simple

1 small steak of choice, bone or no bone
1 small head of broccoli
salt and pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder* (if you have some)
1 tsp. dried chives* (if you have some)
*McCormick spices are GF

1. Rinse the raw beef and cut off most of the excess fat, leaving SOME of the fat still intact. Place meat in small saucepan and begin cooking over medium heat. Let cook for about 5 minutes, or until light brown on both sides.
2. Wash the broccoli head and cut off the florets right into the saucepan using a dinner or paring knife (no cutting board!). Season the meat and broccoli with ground pepper and a little salt. Also, sprinkle with garlic powder and dried chives, if you have them.
3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Continue to cook the meat and veggies for another 10 minutes, being sure to stir the broccoli bits frequently and turn the steak. Your easy dinner is done when the broccoli is very crisp-tender (still with a slight crunch) and the meat is only slightly pink on the inside.

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