Orange you glad it’s Monday!? haha! I went to Church a few Sundays ago and the pastor at my church told us that we should face the work week with a different attitude. I mean, who really says they are excited for Monday? It is the start of the work week, for most. It means you are a number of days away from the weekend, from Friday, and you may just be more tired from your weekend activities. Anyways, I know that having different attitudes about situations absolutely influences how you perceive things. However, I’m not so sure I can ever be THAT excited for a Monday.
Anyways, I have a recipe that will actually make you glad it truly is Monday! It’s healthy, fast and very delicious. It has a balance of sweetness and spiciness that just dances on your tastebuds. Believe me, I was very skeptical of this before I made it. I am not a huge fan of orange marmalade. I prefer grape jam, but would never want grape jam on meat – ick! I also am not a huge fan of sweet and spicy things – the whole chocolate cake and chili peppers grosses me out. If I am going to eat sweet food, I want it to remain sweet. If I am going to eat savory, spicy food, it should remain that way. The crossover action just confuses me. This is why I was so skeptical of the recipe. But I had heard of orange chicken and orange beef before. It seems common on Chinese menus. And so, I thought I would be daring and give it a try. Worst thing possible, I make it and it’s not the greatest. There’s always tomorrow for making another delicious recipe. I encourage you to just try the recipe.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3 Tbsp orange marmalade
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp McCormick Southwest Seasoning
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 small head of fresh broccoli, cut into individual florets
- 1.5 cups baby bella mushrooms
- 2 packages Uncle Ben’s 90 second Ready rice Long Grain and Wild
- Brown beef in medium sized skillet over medium-high heat with lid on skillet. While this is browning, microwave broccoli and mushrooms in large bowl for 2 minutes (I was in a hurry so resorted to the microwave for faster steaming. This could also be cooked in the pan once the meat has browned, or in a steamer for 6-8 minutes).
- Drain the beef, then return to the heat on the stovetop.
- Add the cooked broccoli and mushrooms (it’s okay if it is not fully tender, as it will get more tender in the pan) to the browned beef.
- Add the orange marmalade, garlic, Southwest seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes, until marmalade has melted and flavors have blended.
- While this is finishing cooking, put the Uncle Ben’s ready rice in the microwave and follow package directions.
- Serve the meal with 1 cup ready rice and 1 cup of orange beef mixture.