Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry DSCN2628The holidays are behind us and now it’s time to get back to work and school. This recipe is not only delicious and nutritious but quick-to-fix. The tender strips of beef tossed with crunchy broccoli are a great combination of tastes and textures.

1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 pounds top sirloin, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 medium heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot

1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, garlic and pepper; set aside.

2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry about 2 minutes or until the meat is almost cooked through. Transfer to a plate, cover and keep warm.

3. Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet; add the onion and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

4. Return beef to the skillet; stir in the reserved soy sauce mixture and gingerroot. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Serve over a bed of hot fluffy rice. Makes 6 servings.

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