Tamale Casserole

The flavors of tamales without all the work – a perfect weeknight meal!   Happy Secret Recipe reveal day! This month I was assigned the blog Tea and Scones.  Not only will you find lots of delicious scone recipes there but there are lots of other baked good recipes along with other adventures with different cooking/baking groups and review of recipes from a variety of … Continue reading Tamale Casserole

Enchilada Nachos

The flavor of enchiladas served nacho-style… it’s a Tex-Mex/Tex-Mex infusion! 🙂   I am really super ready for summer to be over.  Unfortunately, however, I live in the south where summer lasts from March though October so I’ve got a while for this heat wave to pass.  Because our electric company raises their rates in the summer and because I am in an older apartment … Continue reading Enchilada Nachos

Enchilada Burgers

The flavors of an enchilada in the convenient hand-held form of a burger!  Just have a few extra napkins on hand.   Good heavens but it has been HOT here in Atlanta lately…hotter than usual!  And it’s only June which means it’s just going to get worse.  Thank goodness for A/C but it’s killing me money-wise even with keeping it set at 78ºF.  My electric … Continue reading Enchilada Burgers

Not-a-Reuben, or the Reuben-esque, Sandwich

Lean roast beef, Swiss cheese, shredded cabbage, and homemade sauce on rye bread come together for a lightened version of a classic Reuben sandwich. I love messy food and that’s one of the many aspects about a Reuben that I enjoy.  It’s the kind of sandwich that once you pick it up, you really can’t put it down again.  It’s not until the last tangy … Continue reading Not-a-Reuben, or the Reuben-esque, Sandwich

Caesar Burger

Like a Caesar salad on a bun but way, way better!  Lean ground beef is seasoned with Parmesan, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce then cooked and served on a bed of lettuce tossed with a homemade cream Caesar sauce and topped with more of the delicious sauce, all on a crouton-style bun!   Back when I had my old position at work, I was able to … Continue reading Caesar Burger

Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowl


Not only is this a super quick and satisfying meal for a busy weeknight, it also only requires a single pot so less clean up!  Yay!


Okay, okay, so I realize that this is another Asian-themed meal in the same week.  The other recipe I have to post is… well… a chicken & noodle stir-fry sooo… apparently… I was craving Asian flavors this week.  But they are good for quick meals and they are tasty so I don’t really apologize for it.  Not too much, anyway.

Mr. O was super excited about this one, though, because he loves noodle bowls.  I tend to shy away from them because they are too much like soup for my liking.  I am one of those weird people who don’t like soup.  Not because of the flavor but because of how soup looks.  If you REALLY want to know more about my issue with soup, click “Read more” at the very end of this post.  You’ve been warned, though. 😛


The nice thing about making noodle bowls at home, though, is I have more control over it so it’s more a bowl of noodles and oodles of good stuff than oopy, goopy soup.  And since he had been not-so-subtly hinting that he was craving a non-Italian pasta dish, I figured it was time for me to come up with one at home.

My brain almost instantly went to my hoisin sauce recipe because, well, it’s awesome and easy to make.  And, rather than cooking noodles to add to a sauce, I figured it’d be tastier to cook the noodles *in* the sauce.  We do it with rice and couscous all the time so why not pasta?


Now, if you look at my pics, you will see that I made a mistake when cooking the strips of steak: I did not have my pan hot enough.  That left the meat greyish instead of brown but it still tasted good.  The dish is just less photogenic.  It happens!

So to make this, all you do is cook the meat, remove it from the pot, add the sauce, bring it to a boil, add the pasta, add the broccoli, add the meat then make yummy sounds while slurping down.  If you want to save a little time but dirty 2 pans, you could also bring the sauce to a boil in the pot while cooking the steak strips.  That’d save about 5-10 minutes.


To serve it, just ladle the noodles, broccoli, and beef into a bowl then ladle the sauce over it.  Even though the sauce is really tasty, I put very little in my bowl whereas Mr. O’s bowl looked like a bowl of soup so you can make it work in whichever way works best for you!

What are some of you favorite quick dinners that don’t involve prepackaged foods?


Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowl
Author: Sashi @ getoffthecouchandcook.com
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 2 large or 3 medium servings
  • 32 oz (4 c) low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 c. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp jarred minced garlic
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sweet chile sauce
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 lb beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 c wheat egg noodles
  • 3 c broccoli florets, cut into small bite-size pieces
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, and sweet chile sauce. Set aside.
  2. In a Dutch oven or medium stock pot, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the beef strips with salt and pepper then add to the oil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the beef is starting to brown but is not cooked through the center, about 5 minutes. Remove the meat to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Turn the heat up to high and add the sauce to the pot; bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add the noodle and stir. Bring back to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and bring back to a boil again. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the steak and bring to a boil for the last time. Boil until the pasta and broccoli is tender.
  4. Spoon the noodles, broccoli and beef into bowls. Ladle as much or as little sauce over the noodles and meat.


Do not click on “Read more” unless you REALLY want to know why I can’t eat soup based on how it looks.  It’s a gross reason so I want to make sure you are prepared.

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Beefy Cheesy Chicken w/ Bacon & Peppers

Want something absolutely delicious and comforting but you won’t care after the first bite that it’s maybe not the healthiest choice?  Then read on!   I woke up the other morning with a massive headache.  My head was on my pillow in a strange position and I knew the moment I woke up that movement was going to be bad.  As soon as I straightened … Continue reading Beefy Cheesy Chicken w/ Bacon & Peppers

Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Boats

It’s like eating a burger and fries in one bite!  Just top them with your favorite burger toppings, like ketchup, mustard and pickles.   Now that the stress of the job situation is finally gone, I find myself obsessing over food again, not just eating it but thinking about it, reading about it, cooking it, all the fun stuff.  Of course eating it is a … Continue reading Bacon Cheeseburger Potato Boats

Spicy Meat Sauce (Arrabiata sauce w/ beef) + a giveaway

A simple meaty tomato sauce is brought up several levels with the addition of crushed red pepper.  Like it spicier?  Just add more!   A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Red Gold to see if I wanted to receive a free gift pack of their Tuttorosso tomatoes along with an apron, some recipes and what turned out to be an awesome wooden … Continue reading Spicy Meat Sauce (Arrabiata sauce w/ beef) + a giveaway