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beef-less broccoli stir fry

When it comes to Chinese food, I’ve noticed that most people are exceptionally loyal to the beef and broccoli bowl. For me, I was never enticed by it, I always perceived the combo  as being bland (not too mention beef grossed me out big time)! Thankfully, as a vegetarian, most every dish that typically contains meat, can be transformed into a super delicious feast. Our version of the beef and broccoli bowl has a few new twists, including of course (DUH) no beef. Instead of using beef we substitute tofu; however, a ground vegan “beef” works great too. We added some mushrooms, the one and only Trader Joe’s brand Soyaki sauce, and brown rice for an incredibly satisfying dinner. Enjoy!

Beef-less broccoli stir fry (makes roughly 2 1/2 servings)

What you’ll need:

2 cups water

1 cup jasmine brown rice (regular brown rice is okay too although not as soft as jasmine)

cooking spray or 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil (canola oil is great)

1 tsp iodized sea salt

4 tablespoons Trader Joe’s brand soyaki sauce (if you do not have a TJ’s in your area–2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons teryaki sauce will work just fine.)

1 tsp teaspoon honey

1 cup mushrooms (preferably crimini mushrooms)

1 cup broccoli

half block of firm tofu, diced into small cubes (fine to substitute with vegan crumbled beef or to omit altogether)

Bring water to a rolling boil in a large heavy duty pot. Once boiling, add the brown rice. Reduce to medium heat to simmer, and stir occasionally. If necessary, add more water. Sprinkle in iodized sea salt. Rice generally takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

As the rice is cooking, bust out your wok or large frying pan. Spray the pan with the canola oil or evenly coat with 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil.  Turn on burner to medium heat. Add mushrooms, broccoli, cubed tofu, and soyaki sauce. Stir-fry for about ten-fifteen minutes, periodically adding drops of oil to maintain moisture in the wok/pan. (Of course don’t go crazy adding oil, only add if the food starts sticking to the pan–keep it low fat kids) Once everything is tender, turn off the burner. Sprinkle the honey across the food for a nice sweet finish. (Trust us…it tastes superb)

Fifteen minutes later, your rice will be done. Pour food from wok/pan into pot with the rice. Stir together gently, making sure to not mash the tofu cubes.

And there you go. a truly delectable Chinese feast. If you want to be legit, eat with chopsticks. Otherwise just be lame and use a fork. 😉

We garnished with chili garlic sauce, but use sparingly so as to not let it take over the flavor of the dish.

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About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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