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Ground Beef and Broccoli

This Ground Beef and Broccoli recipe is an easy 30 minute meal with a simple, flavorful sauce that your family will love eating with vegetables!


  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil, can sub vegetable or olive
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, washed and patted dry
  • 3 cups cooked rice, any kind
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • Salt/White Pepper, to taste


  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch


Prep Work

  • Combine cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons water in a covered container and shake to combine. Place in a cool location.
  • Combine remaining sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Cook the Broccoli

  • Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the broccoli and toss to coat. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until slightly softened. Remove and set aside.

Cook the Beef

  • Season the beef with salt/white pepper if desired. Cook and crumble the ground beef and diced onions over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through. Drain grease. Add sliced bell peppers and cook for 1 minute.

Add the Sauce

  • Add sauce mixture and bring to a gentle boil. Let it simmer/reduce for 2-3 minutes. Remove cornstarch mixture from the fridge and give it a shake. Slowly stir it into the sauce. Let it continue to bubble gently until desired thickness is obtained.

Add the Broccoli Back

  • Reduce heat to low. Add broccoli back and stir to combine and heat through. Garnish with green onions and serve over rice!


  • Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken may also be used in this recipe.
  • Frozen Broccoli may also be used. Thaw and pat dry and proceed as outlined in the recipe.
  • Ingredient Additions include julienned carrots, water chestnuts, celery, kale, and more.
  • Topping Options include green onions, roughly chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, crunchy chow mein noodles, and sliced almonds.
  • To Control the Sodium in this recipe, consider using low sodium soy sauce and/or reduced sodium broth.
  • Tip for cooking rice: Add chicken bouillon to the water for added flavor. Let it stand in the pot with the cover on for 10 minutes after simmering to let the rice release from the bottom.


Calories: 525kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1140mg, Potassium: 855mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 1357IU, Vitamin C: 101mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 4mg