It is getting repetitive, but 100+ degree weather and no air conditioner means another week of preparing meals that don’t use the oven and minimizes the use of the stove. This is another quick one I whipped up for the week. Asian Beef & Broccoli…. inspired by Korean Bulgogi/Chinese “beef & broccoli”. I used ground beef – for convenience, and also because I always have ground beef on hand. With my surplus of ground beef, I also made italian meatballs from scratch for fun.
Here is a rundown of what I did:
Cooked Brown Rice
- 1 lb Lean Ground Beef (I used 96% lean from Trader Joe’s – they come in convenient 1lb packs. I have a few in the freezer!)
- 1-2 Tbsp Soy Sauce (your preference!)
- 1 -2 tsp sesame oil (Other oil would work too, sesame has a great flavor.)
- sesame seeds
- Green onion (I would have loved to have green onions, but I didn’t want to go to the store just for these. I did use regular onions though.)
- spicy peppers
- 0.5 – 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 5 spice powder
- Ginger – fresh or powdered
- Heat up the oil on low/med low with the garlic. Once the garlic is cooked a bit I add the meat and onions (if using regular onions) to brown. I also added in spicy peppers here.
- Once the meat is mostly cooked through, I mixed in the coconut sugar and soy sauce, with a dash of 5 spice (I love Chinese 5 spice powder!). I also added pepper – I left out the salt, as soy sauce was salty enough for me but you may prefer a little more.
- Let everything cook through. I grated some fresh ginger and garnished with some toasted sesame seeds.
Authentic? Not necessarily, but fast, easy, and satisfying! Also reheats well for the week. 🙂
Notes: Feel free to add more soy sauce, or sugar. A drizzle of sesame oil towards the end would be nice too. I actually don’t like things super sauce-y (and I think I’m in the minority on that one) so I usually do less rather than more when it comes to sauce. But it can easily be tailored to your taste preferences.
I mentioned that I also made some meatballs. This was not so much of a timesaver as much as a for fun thing but I made it as easy as possible and I thought it tasted way better than store bought frozen.
Easy Pressure Cooker Italian Meatballs
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 2 small slices (1 big slice) of bread
- italian seasoning
- crushed red pepper
- garlic powder
- 1 egg
- jar of spaghetti sauce
- Soak the bread in just enough milk to create a sort of paste with the milk/bread. This helps the texture of the meatballs be tender and soft. I also mixed in 0.5 Tbsp italian seasoning with this mixture.
- Mix the bread/milk mixture with the ground beef and egg. Add salt/pepper, red pepper, garlic powder. Make sure everything is mixed well.
- Form into meatballs.
- Brown the meatballs – this can be done on the stove or the way I chose to do it was to broil it in the oven for a few minutes.
- Add meatballs into pressure cooker (Instant Pot for me) with sauce to cover (I basically used an entire jar). There are numerous ways to dress up store bought spaghetti sauce, feel free to do any of it here :). I added a dash of sugar and a bay leaf.
- Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes and let the pressure come down naturally.
- Eat over spaghetti!
*note: for gluten free/paleo, I have found that substituting the milk/bread for 0.5 to 1 tbsp of tapioca starch has same effect – really adds a tender texture to the meatballs.