so tonight’s dinner i was thinking something simple. steak, a rice pilaf and a veg. i remembered a couple weeks back i was blogging and found this recipe for rice. it was made with broccoli which my kids actually like. i have to confess though, the sweet stir fry sauce was really what got me, i wasn’t planning on making the rice. i’ve been trying to find a good recipe for years. j loves stir fried tofu and thought this would be perfect for it. this is now my go to recipe. so here is my spin on it. i changed some things up, and simplified it a little, i also added asparagus as well which was a great addition. (check out my list of blogs, kayotic, great link with great recipes and photographs, not sure where she finds the time!!)
broccoli & asparagus rice with sweet stir fry sauce
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 grated lemon rind
- 1 piece of ginger sliced
- 2 diced garlic cloves
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tbl soy sauce
in a small pot (this recipe only makes about 1 1/2 cups after all said and done) combine all of the above ingredients.
bring mixture to a boil, then simmer till the sauce has a syrup like consistency. the original recipe says to strain but i didn’t. i figured letting the ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes marinate more with the syrup can only be good, i did however strain a little out, i had no room in my jars:-) you can cook with immediately or cool off and refrigerate. i made this this morning, so it sat in my fridge all day.
about 1 1/2 handfuls of broccoli florets
- 6 asparagus chopped
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 chopped garlic clove s
- 4 cups cooked rice
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- salt and pepper
- saute the onions in olive oil for about 2 minutes, then add broccoli and garlic. after about 5 minutes add asparagus, cook for another 5 minutes, until broccoli is cooked.
- pour about 1/2 the sauce or more depending on your preference into the saute pan. mix and then add rice and lemon juice.
this was just my side, we had steak which i had marinated in sesame oil, honey, garlic and ginger. i actually ended up throwing some of the sauce on the steak at some point today, i couldn’t help myself. i was walking by the sauce all day and dipping a spoon into it:-) so good.