I love to bring my lunch to work because it’s healthy, inexpensive, and doesn’t require me to leave the office trying to hunt down lunch with everyone else (and their mother) in DC at noon.
One downfall though is when I get in a cooking rut. Too often I blindly run through Trader Joe’s, pick up my usual list of necessities (wine, milk, eggs, veggies, and chicken), and head home without giving it a second thought. This means my creative recipes are lacking some weeks and I have a standard chicken dish or salad 5 days in a row… blah.
So last Sunday, while recovering from my Saturday exploring wineries in Virginia, I decided it was time to up my lunch game at work next week. Bring on the flank steak and red pepper flakes! This girl is making crock pot beef and broccoli!
I don’t often cook with steak, not because I don’t love it (give me a huge filet mignon, medium rare any day of the week), but just because it’s a bit more complicated to cook then your average chicken breast. So after about 5 minutes of chatting up the guy at the grocery store meat counter, my slab of flank steak was selected and I was ready to get my crock pot game on :)
- - 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak
- - 3 cups cut broccoli
- - 2/3 cup beef broth (low sodium)
- - 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- - 1/4 cup brown sugar
- - 4 tsp. corn starch
- - 4 tsp. water
- - 2 tsp. minced garlic
- - 2 tsp. red pepper flakes (use less, or none, if you don't like your dish with as much of a kick)
- - 2 tsp. sesame oil
- Step 1: Put all ingredients EXPECT the broccoli, corn starch, and water into the crock pot and turn that baby on high for 2.5 hours.
- Step 2: After the time is up, mix the corn starch and water together in a small bowl and stir into the crock pot. Let that cook an additional 20 minutes.
- Step 3: Lightly steam your broccoli (on the stove or in the microwave) for a few minutes, but make sure they stay al dente.
- Step 4: Stir broccoli into crock pot and BAM! You just made a dish all of your co-workers will be drooling over!
P.S. This dish is delicious but the garlic does require you to have an after-lunch mint :) I’ve been obsessed with the Trader Joe’s organic peppermints lately!
What are your favorite dishes to make for work that turn your co-workers envious? I’m in need of some more dishes to try!