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                                                                                    Easy "Beef" and Broccoli Stir-Fry


     The use of convenience foods keep this meal simple and the "Beef" keep it easy on the wasteline and easily Vegetarian. It's also inexpensive to make coming in Well under $10 for these 3 ingredients. 
You CAN use convenience foods and have it be tasty and delicious and frankly my faux beef had a slightly sweet taste and actually complimented the sauce perfectly. 
Plus with the cost of real meat skyrocketing it pays or rather saves, Ha, to have a couple of vegetarian meals on the menu at least 2-3 times a week. 
Going Vegetarian doesn't have to mean a lack of taste. 



 3-4 Veggie Burgers ( I used Boca's Original Vegan)
 1 12 oz. package of  Frozen Chopped Broccoli. 
 1 package of Broccoli Beef Sauce


NOTE: Chopped Broccoli works best, 1. It's cut up in small pieces and rdy to go for easy preparation and 2. Because it's chopped  its takes less time to heat, than florets,  so look for  specifically marked packages of Chopped Broccoli in the freezer case.




Add 3-4 Veggie Burger patties to a fry pan or wok on Medium High Heat. When the patties have warmed, takes about 4 minutes, cut into bite-sized pieces with a fork, cook a little longer about 2 minutes.  


Add the Chopped Broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes.
Then add the Sauce and cook until heated thru. About 5-10 minutes 

Serve over Rice of your choice and don't forget to time the cooking of the rice so It's ready when you need it. 




                                                                                                                                                                  Hope you enjoy this easy use of convenience foods. 

Added Nov 9, 2014


                                Mom's Easy Vegetarian Stir-fry




My mom Gilda, shared this easy to fix dish. At first I was skeptical especially about the bean dip, but then when I tasted it, It turned out surprisingly good and was quick to make. I tweaked the recipe by only using the frozen stir-Fry. 
Mom adds onion and peppers, but I omitted those and just used the stir fry to make it easier. My two young boys 7 & 11 didn’t really like it, but then, they don't like Asian dishes because of the veggies. My teenage daughter, Brooke, however loved it, and so did I.  I really like that it took 25 minutes to make and since meat is pretty expensive, this dish is easy on the pocketbook with just 3 ingredients.



1 bag of Stir-Fry, Your choice 
1 jar of Bean Dip (Mom uses Fritos Brand Bean Dip)
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce



Heat Vegetables in Wok or Fry pan on Medium High Heat for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile cook your rice. 
Then mix the bean dip and soy sauce in a bowl, then pour the mixture over the veggies, cook until veggies are tender and stir-fry is heated through which is about 10-15 minutes.  Then Serve over cooked rice. 



Tip: There are many different options for rice, regular long grain rice takes 20 minutes to cook, so you could start before the stir-fry. Bag rice takes 15 minutes, start after you start cooking stir-fry.  5 minute rice takes 10 minutes, and could be started after you add the bean dip. And now there is this 90 second microwave, which you could cookright before you serve.  I used Jasmine Rice, which is a traditional sticky rice in Asian dishes and takes 20 minutes, like long grain.  So choose your rice to suit your taste, time it properly and it will keep you from slaving away in the kitchen.


                                                                    Keep it easy!


   Added Oct 13,2014