Monday, February 24, 2014

Beef and Broccoli Brown Rice Bowl & The Canadian Living Blogger Network


Some of you may have noticed the new badge on my site for The Canadian Living Blogger Network.  This is something I'm very excited about.  I was chosen to be part of this new blogger network.  Today I am doing my first post for them by recreating in my kitchen Canadian Living's recipe for Beef and Broccoli Brown Rice Bowl.  I was a little nervous before attempting this recipe as I have never cooked steak before.  Usually when I make a recipe that calls for steak I substitute pasanday which I believe are veal cutlets.

So to get started on this recipe I had to hunt down some Halal Beef Flank Steak.  My regular butcher only carries flank steak in the summer.  He advised I try the Middle Eastern meat markets as they usually carry it year round.  I tracked down a butcher who carries Beef Flank Steak and now I was ready for my first try at cooking steak!

This recipe is labelled as being "Quick and Easy" and I have to agree.  This was very easy to put together.  This recipe has a lot of vegetables which is a big plus for us!  The addition of brown rice was a great change from our usual Basmati Rice.  This meal took 20 minutes to cook plus prep time.  It is a great dish to make on a busy weeknight.  I used vegetable stock instead of the sodium-reduced beef broth listed in the recipe since you cannot get ready made Halal beef broth.  The vegetable stock I used had no salt added so I increased the amount of salt in the recipe to compensate.

Overall I thought this was a great weeknight meal.  It came together very quickly.  The flavour was mild for our taste buds so next time I will increase the amount of garlic and ginger and sprinkle some red chilli flakes on top.

For the recipe please head over to Canadian Living!

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Disclosure: I am a part of the Canadian Living Blogger Network and received compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

11 comments:

  1. Congrats Asiya...this is so awesome!!! Hey fix the link for the recipe ASAP...it's a broken link :(

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    1. Thanks Reshma! I checked the links..they work for me. Could it be a problem with using it with a phone?

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  2. luks delicious, though even i have never made or tasted steaks... is it the same as pasandey..?

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    1. Steak is totally different from pasanday. There are many different cuts of steak. If you ask your butcher he should be able to explain the difference. I always have pasandey in the fridge and my husband isn't a fan of steaks so that's why I usually would use that in recipes instead of steak.

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  3. Congratulations on joining the Canadian Living Blogger Network. Your blog is one of my favorites and I have been reading Canadian Living for years, its so nice to see you two team up. Good luck with this endeavor.
    Fatema Khan

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    1. Thanks you so much Fatema! I'm really excited to be working with Canadian Living!

      I'm so glad you like my blog...it's just a hobby to keep myself busy so when I hear someone is actually reading it regularly it totally makes my day! :)

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  4. Congrats.....this looks awesome n delicious clicks..

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  5. Congrats Asiya :)
    the picture looks wonderful checked out the recipe :)

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  6. Congrats again! I'm so happy and proud of you! :)
    This looks delicious! I love rice bowls :)

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    1. Sooo I made this for dinner last night and I loved it! I couldn't find halal flank stank, but our local butcher sells these really thinly sliced cuts of meat. He said that they use it for shawarma, so I figured that it could be good for a stir-fry as well. I also used a bag stir-fry vegetables (it had broccoli, carrots, and snow peas in it) instead of the broccoli and carrots separately because it was just easier for me that way lol :) Oh, and I also just mixed the rice into the meat because that was easier for me. It was soooo delicious! And I topped my bowl off with a squirt of Sriracha :D Delish!

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    2. Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it! For us desis it needed the extra spice!

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