Vegan Broccoli “Beef”

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  • 1\4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sherry
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 3\4 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion cut into wedges
  • 1\4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1\2 cup vegetable broth
  • 10-12 pieces of textured soy protein
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli florets

Steps:

First you must soak the textured soy protein in warm water until it is tender (about 10-15 minutes for good measure) I used a glass plate to hold down the pieces to keep them submerged under water since they tend to float to the top.

While your textured soy protein is soaking, this is a great time to prepare your sauce. Combine cornstarch, sherry, soy sauce, broth, garlic, ginger and sugar.

Cut your textured soy protein into three slivers. Once cut, place them in a shallow bowl and pour your sauce mixture on top and mix. Let sit for about ten minutes.

While your protein is soaking, mix your olive and sesame oil and coat your skillet. Once heated, throw on your broccoli and onion wedges. Sautee until tender.

Move the veggies to a different plate because you will now be cooking your protein. With a slotted spoon, remove pieces, leaving only the liquid in the bowl (we will be using this later, so save!) I cook the soy protein until the sauce caramelizes and it begins to look like your traditional “Broccoli Beef”.

Mix veggies and beef together in skillet. Slowly pour remaining sauce, and mix thoroughly on low heat.

Serve with brown rice. So yummy!

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The Vegan Life

I made a big leap to go straight from omnivore to Vegan. I thought it would be the hardest thing in the world because my first attempt at going Vegan didn’t end too well. In college I went Vegan for 6 months, and do you know what happened? I gained 20 pounds! “How did that happen?!” one might wonder, and I’ll tell you. For dinner each night I would binge on Stacy’s Pita Chips and Sabra Hummus. I could finish a party size bag and entire dish of hummus. Chips had also became a large staple in my diet, as well as a lot of unnecessary carbs, refined sugars and fats. Needless to say, I wasn’t eating much fruits, veggies and legumes. I was taking the easy way out, and it showed!

Thankfully, this time I am a little bit older and wiser and have decided to cook and prepare my own meals. It’s slightly pricier than reaching for the junk food, but your body will thank you in the long run. I sometimes calorie-splurge on the frozen Indian meals at Trader Joe’s (which are high in all the bad stuff: calories, saturated fat, sodium). These deadly babies are some of my favorite!