Converting Recipes to Whole Foods: Beef and Broccoli

I thought it'd be fun to share how you might take a recipe you find and convert it to whole foods. Some of these will be simpler than others but as I convert recipes I find, I'll share them here. They will obviously be converted with our dietary restrictions in mind, but if you have a recipe you've converted and would like to share, please join in! Email me at kamille(dot)larsen(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll post your conversion here!


I found this Beef and Broccoli recipe on Pinterest. 

It looked yummy so I thought I'd try it. I love that it was in a crockpot! It made dinner such a snap. It was quite easy to convert to a whole food, allergy free recipe. The results? I really liked it since this is something I've never made. Next time, I'll have to play around more to get it just right. Mine needed more salt (my broth was unsalted) and I feel like the sweetness was not quite right (I think it is from the coconut aminos I used since we cannot have soy). I'll definitely make it again but will probably use less sweetener next time. Overall it was a really yummy, very easy, healthy dinner that my whole family liked!

The original recipe is in black and how I converted it is in red:

1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into strips // used organic beef
1 cup beef consumme // subbed homemade chicken or beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce // subbed coconut aminos for soy-free (or Tamari or Nama Shoyu for soy version)
1/3 cup brown sugar // subbed coconut sugar (could use sucanat or honey)
1 tablespoon sesame oil // no sub needed but my sesame oil was rancid so I used EVOO
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch // subbed arrowroot (could use tapioca starch or organic cornstarch for non-GMO)
Fresh broccoli florets
Serve atop cooked rice // cooked in homemade broth for extra nutrition and flavor

Find the original recipe and instructions here.