Hey party people, Happy Monday! I am so sorry for the more the noticeable absence around the blog recently. Things have been absolutely crazy since I got returned from Europe last month.
My company recently opened a Denver office and it has been more than hectic trying to balance working from an office again, working out, teaching, and just living a normal life. The blog has taken a backseat to normal life, but now that I am back in the swing of things I am actively trying to get more content out there for all of you lovely people.
Today I have two things to share with you. First, I want to share my week of workouts from the past week and talk about how I have managed to fit them in with my new work schedule. It hasn’t always been easy, but I have really had to focus on prioritizing them. That means getting up and going to bed a little earlier than I would like, but to me it’s worth it. I am SO much less anxious when I am getting in a regular sweat session.
After the week of workouts, I have an amazing Copycat Beef and Broccoli recipe to share with you. It is honestly even better than the restaurant version in my opinion, is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and has almost no sodium. I whipped it up last night for James and I when we were craving some warm comfort food to combat the Sunday Scaries. Thanks to this Copycat Beef and Broccoli, I didn’t immediately feel even more scared from all of the sodium.
Week of Workouts
Monday: I was teaching at Fierce45 on Monday, but managed to squeeze in a CycleBar class before as well. I prioritized my workout by working through lunch so I could run out early and make the class. Desk lunches aren’t ideal, but sometimes there is a tradeoff and this was one I was willing to make.
Tuesday: I headed to The River Yoga Studio for an early morning hot yoga class. I didn’t sign up ahead of time, which would have made this so easy to skip out on. I knew I would feel more energized for the day if I just sucked it up and did it, so I made it over to class and I was SO glad that I did. It was totally worth the 5am wake up call.
Wednesday: I took an early morning class at Fierce45. I had an offsite event that I had to go to that day, it gave me a little wiggle room in the morning since I didn’t have to be there until 9am.
Thursday: I thought I was going to have to skip my workout on Thursday. I had an early call I needed to me in the office for and plans with a friend on Thursday night. The original plan was to go to a movie, but we pivoted and took a CycleBar Class instead. Taking group classes as friend dates is one of my favorite things in the world. It gives you the chance to catch up with a friend and fit in a sweat session. Win-win in my book.
Friday: I took an early morning Fierce45 class on Friday as well. Taking an early class meant that I could knock out my workout and get to work early enough to be done by happy hour. Another win in my book.
Saturday: I stuck around Denver Saturday and traded my skis for a bike. I made a date earlier in the week with a friend and I couldn’t wait to tap it back. It was cold and snowy and an early morning sweat was just what I needed to get the blood flowing.
Sunday: I had another friend workout date (see a theme here?) and met my friend Emily at Orange Theory Fitness early Sunday. It was a great workout and afterwards I had a great time catching up with Emily over coffee.
I think planning a workout date with a friend is one of the best ways at keeping yourself accountable. You’re less likely to bail on a friend than you are to bail on yourself and it allows you time to bond with a friend over something healthy. Always a win in my book. This is also something that I have found so much easier to do as I’ve gotten older. Gone are the days were bottomless mimosas always win!
And now, for the recipe. This Copycat Beef and Broccoli is amazing. It is gluten, dairy, and soy free. It can also easily be made Paleo if you ditch the rice or replace it with cauliflower rice. We were able to get 4 meals out of this (2 dinners and 2 lunches), but it can easily be doubled or even tripled to meal prep or serve a bigger group. If you plan to have leftovers of the Copycat Beef and Broccoli for the week, I would recommend storing the sauce separately from other ingredients to prevent them from getting soggy.
Copycat Beef and Broccoli
What You Will Need
- ¾ c coconut aminos
- 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp ginger paste (I don't love ginger. If you like a stronger ginger flavor, you can easily add more)
- 2 tbsp garlic
- 4 tbsp avocado oil
- ~1 lb. lean steak
- ~1 c dry rice
- ~6 c frozen broccoli (you can easily replace with fresh, cooking time/mehod will vary though)
- ~1/2 medium red onion
- Combine coconut aminos, sesame oil, coconut sugar, ginger paste, 3 tbsp avocado oil, and 1 tbsp of garlic in a large mixing bowl
- Cut raw steak into thin slices, add to mixture
- Place steak in fridge, let marinate for ~2.5 hrs
- If using traditional slow cooking rice, beginning cooking rice ~45 minutes before you are ready to eat
- Dice onion and add to a large sauce pan along with 4 tbsp avocado oil and 1 tbsp garlic
- Heat for ~3 minutes or until onions are soft and fragrant
- Add frozen broccoli and cover
- Let cook for ~12 minutes or until broccoli is soft and cooked throughout, stir occasionally
- Remove broccoli from heat and cover with foil
- Add beef and sauce mixture to the pan
- Cook beef over medium high heat ~3.5 minutes on each side
- Cover for ~2 minutes and cook on medium low heat
- Remove beef from heat
- Combine beef, broccoli, and rice on a plate, pour over a little additional sauce from the beef and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this Copycat Beef and Broccoli recipe, let me know if you make it! Have a fabulous week friends and I promise to try and check in more often these days!