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Sometimes grocery stores have great BOGO deals for Gardein beefless tips and other seitan products, and when they, do I like to stock up. My husband loves fake meat but I normally prefer to stay away from them and stick to more real whole foods, especially when the fake meat tastes like real meat.
In my opinion, Gardein beefless tips taste just about the same as "real" steak pieces, and you can make many of your old favorite non-vegan dishes with them.
Gardein makes a variety of other faux meats, including a popular chicken nugget, chicken cutlets, and a few other options. You can pick up Gardein products at Whole Foods stores, some Publix and other grocery stores, occasionally at Target, and online at stores like Vegan Essentials.
I wanted to get creative with my new stockpile of faux meats, and I remembered that when I was younger, one of the only meat dishes I used to like was beef with broccoli. And thus, this recipe was born.
I've always wondered how to make the Chinese style garlic sauces, and after a quick google of a non-vegan recipe, I saw that the creaminess comes from a mixture of cornstarch and water. From there, it's really very easy. I use arrowroot powder in place of cornstarch because it's a bit more natural.
I hope you enjoy this Gardein beefless tips recipe for Vegan "Beef" with Broccoli!
Cook the brown rice in 2 cups water according to directions, for about 45 minutes.
In a large saucepan or wok, heat up the olive oil. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Add in the beefless tips and allow them to warm up.
In a small measuring cup, combine the 1/2 cup water and arrowroot powder, and still until dissolved. Add in the soy sauce and vinegar, and then add in the garlic powder. Add this liquid to the cooking onion pan and stir to deglaze the pan.
Add the broccoli florets and cover the pan. Cook for 2-5 minutes, until the broccoli is slightly tender but still bright green. Stir to combine the flavors and serve over cooked brown rice or your favorite whole grain.