Korean Beef

You guys, picking a boy name is hard.  Just as we did with our first two, we don’t know if Toastie Three is a boy or a girl.  So we need to be prepared if we are having a third boy (no need to brainstorm a girl name–we’ve had that one in the chamber since pregnancy number one).

Naming JR and Max was easy.  Matt had always wanted a junior.  I wasn’t a huge fan of my husband and son sharing a name, but it was so important to Matt that it was impossible to say no.  We compromised that we would call him JR (for Junior), and the issue of naming our first born was as simple as that.

With naming Max, I was reading JR the storybook Where the Wild Things Are.  The little boy in the book is named Max, and it fit. There was no back and forth on whether there was a “better” name out there.  Max was it.

And now we need to find our third perfect boy name.  I think we have it.  But that is just it.  There was no uncertainty with JR’s or Maxie’s name.  So maybe we haven’t found it just quite yet.

But the one thing Matt doesn’t wavering on is his favorite, last-minute meal.  Whenever Matt and I have no clue on what to make, Matt suggests this Korean beef meal.  It is unbelievably simple but fancier than just tossing together spaghetti (another go-to at our place when we are out of meal ideas).


  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • dash salt
  • glug of olive oil
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 lb beef
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut up
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar (depending on how sweet you’d like it)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 springs green onions, diced
  • dash sesame seeds


1. To cook rice, boil water with a dash of salt and a glug of olive oil.  Add rice and stir periodically to avoid rice sticking to the bottom of the pot.

2. Cook beef.  Once beef is browned, drain excess oil.  Then add in broccoli so it can begin to get softer.  Once mid-way cooked (or really at any time), add in sesame seed oil, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and garlic. Mix well.  Cook until broccoli is soft.

3. For each plate, start with rice.  Then add the beef and broccoli mixture.  Top with green onions and sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

Modified from: Love Bakes Good Cakes



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