Broccoli Floret, Ground Beef and Soybean Sprout Salad with a Sesame Lemon Dressing

I was sick the other day, probably due to over training so i became too lazy to do anything really. As i scavenged around the apartment for food, i didn’t find much making me think extra hard (when sick, everything becomes extra hard) about what i could prepare with the ingredients i had in the fridge. I thought about when i was a child and what i was fed when stuck in bed, feverish and cold; some arroz caldo maybe (almost like a chinese congee for our foreign friends with spring onions, crispy garlic, a bite of ginger and chopped chicken), a clear chicken and noodle soup, some ice cream (i grew up in a cool household) or some sort of typical Filipino vegetable in soy sauce and garlic, staples in this country. I found some lonely Togue- mung bean sprouts (the crispy and fresh kind, not the welted ones supermarkets try to sell you) and told them that they would look great in a salad, i just had to find them some company (yes i talk to my vegetables when i have a fever). I used basic ingredients, to make a dish that made me feel better, even if it was just for a fleeting moment. I love food.

Broccoli Floret and Soybean Sprout Salad with a Sesame Lemon Dressing

Boil for 4 minutes in salted water mini broccoli florets (tear up a whole broccoli in small stems), with as much soybeans as you want, then transfer them into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.

Fry off 3 shallots, 1 small baby leek and 2 garlic cloves. Once coloured add in 200grams of ground beef with some chilli flakes, 1 tbsp of soy sauce (or amino brags for the healthier version) until caramelized.

Drain all the veg and toss with a tsp of sesame oil, salt, pepper, rind of 1/2 lemon, the juice of 1/2 lemon and the cooked beef.

Put in a bowl, get under your covers and watch your favorite movie.



    1. Nadine July 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Hi Erwan, great recipe as always! Togue is actually mung bean sprouts (not the lovely soy bean sprouts you used here) and yes, they do often sell them wilted.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 1:57 am

        thanks Nadine :) let me know if you need any help on a project!

    1. July 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Looks nice and yummy. Will try doing this at home.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:40 am

        keep on running!

    1. MarvelousMum July 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hey, Erwan. It wont matter if I steam the vegetables instead of boiling them, will it? And perhaps, I can use ground chicken with this recipe ( you see, I don’t eat pork and beef). Do take care of yourself.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:40 am

        it really depends what you want. i like boiling them in salt water especially for salads, so that they retain their crunchiness and already have flavour. Its just as healthy. ground chicken would do fine.

    1. Marion July 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Hi Erwan,

      Thanks for the recipe but your vid intro is a bit too long.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

        thanks Marion

    1. Paula July 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Erwan! and get well soon! :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:35 am

        thanks Paula

    1. Aleth July 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Did you use whisky stones on your ice bath? never thought about using them for stuff other than to cool a cocktail.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:31 am

        haha i didnt have ice

    1. Rika K. August 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Couldn’t find shallots at the grocery…would normal red onions work just as well?

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

        it’ll be stronger so watch out

    1. Yana M. August 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Thank for the great recipe.

      1. Erwan September 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

        thanks Yana

    1. Rachelle September 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      hi erwan! watching your photos make me crave for some delicious food. but can you teach me on what to prepare for my diet? i only need simple recipes coz i cant cook and i have no talent on any food preparation. sorry! :)




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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