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Beef, Broccoli & Basil


2 bunches broccoli

450g minced (ground) beef

1-2 small red chillies – fresh or dried optional

1-2 lemons

1 bunch basil leaves picked


Chop broccolini (or broccoli) into bite sized pieces. And finely chop chilli (if using).

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan or wok. Cook broccoli, stirring until slightly softened. Somewhere between super crunchy and very soft.

Remove veg from the pan. Add a little more oil and cook the meat and chilli, (if using) on a high heat until well browned. Stir often to break up the chunks.

Return the cooked veg to the pan. Warm through for a minute or so. Taste and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

Serve with basil leaves on top and extra lemon halves on the side.

Variations For Beef, Broccoli, Basil

vegan / vegetarian – replace meat with cooked lentils – I especially like French-style orlentils here. And serve with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to stop it being too dry. A splash of soy sauce will also help give more complexity.

different veg – replace broccoli with broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, green beans or even cauliflower.

different meat – most ground (minced) meat is good here. Even chicken or pork. And sliced tender cuts such as beef fillet, lamb backstraps or chicken breast can also be used – just be careful with the cooking time.

carb lovers – serve with cooked rice or pasta.

budget – serve on a bed of cooked lentils to make your meat go further.

different herbs – replace basil with flat leaf parsley or coriander (cilantro).


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