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Julies Broccoli with Garlic Sauce

What you need: 

5 cups water, divided
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
1 vegetable stock cube
1 head garlic, minced
1/8 to 1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup sweetener
3 medium heads broccoli, chopped to bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water

What you do: 

1. First boil 3 cups water for the rice. Add rice, cover and reduce to a simmer until done, according to package directions. Boil 2 cups water and add the vegetable stock cube.
2. Stir to dissolve, and add the garlic, soy sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes and sweetener. Cook the broccoli over high heat in a large skillet for 2 minutes.
3. Add the garlic mixture. Let this simmer over medium high heat for 7-10 minutes depending on how crisp you like your broccoli.
4. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir to distribute it. Cook for 1-2 minutes more or until it thickens. If you like, you can dissolve more cornstarch in cold water to make it even thicker.
5. Place rice in bowls and top with broccoli and garlic sauce mixture.
Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

i was concerned because my husband said it lacked flavor.. but then i realized i screwed up.. i didn't put any sweetener.. I will try doing it RIGHT next time and see...  I thought it was fine without the sweetener.. but i think it would be much better with....  oops...  just overlooked that ingredient.. I think I will add more garlic next time though!  and a little more cornstarch...

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The veggie cube is just a powdered (then cubed) form of the powder to make vegetable broth/stock. They're usually found right next to the vegetable broth in almost all grocery stores. If you don't see it though, I think you could follow the recipe exactly with pre-made vegetable broth, but instead of boiling two cups of water and adding the veggie cube, just boil two cups of vegetable stock/broth! I hope that clears it up! This is a great recipe  ;)

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Delicious!  I used half the sugar as well and low sodium soy sauce.  It turned out very well.  Thanks for the recipe.

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I'm so proud of myself!! :D I finally successfully made tofu... I know this wasn't a tofu recipe, but I thought it sounded like it would be good with tofu.

I doubled the sauce and took the others advice and cooked it separately. The only issue I had was trying to get it to thicken up. I cooked broccoli (with water chestnuts) in one pan, sauteed tofu in another, and I had the sauce going in a small pot. I used 3 cups veggie broth, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 4 TBSP cornstarch, several cloves of garlic, and ginger/red pepper/stevia for the sauce. It was not until I poured the sauce into the pan that I had sauteed the tofu in that the mixture thickened to more than a water-like consistency. I'm not sure why, but I think  you have to do it a little bit at a time or something. Then it thickened up very quickly.

I made dinner for two omnis + myself (both big critics of veggie dishes) and they LOVED it! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe. :) Oh... ps: The key to cooking tofu is definitely checking the label to make sure it's not silken. I had tried everything (freezing, draining, marinading) before I realized that I'd gone wrong on three separate occassions thinking my tofu was regular. ::blonde::

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I loved this! I made extra sauce and added mushrooms, sauteed tofu, and carrot matchsticks, and used real ginger. It it one of my new favorite entrees! I will be making this a lot!

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I made this tonight, and it was a hit.  I used honey (sorry, I know) and put it over quinoa.  My two year old and four year old loved it.  Quite yummy!

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oh.... my.... goodness.... this recipe is for real the shit!  this is the best meal EVER!
the sauce is sooo delicious!! thank you!

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excellent addition to my recipe book! yum  :)

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I love this recipe, it's fantastic.  I always leave out the ginger (not a fan) and I cook the garlic a little bit before adding the stock and stuff.  I make this all the time.  My whole family loves it! :)

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