Meal-in-a-box seems like a relatively new creation, but not so: before meal-kits, lunch boxes, and frozen dinners, the Japanese had bento boxes. The bento box originates in the 12th-13th century, as a way for Japanese workers to take food to work. (They didn't have certain meal kit companies providing them with five minute lunches!) We'll stop the history lesson here, even though the flavors of this bento-inspired dish speak for themselves. Steak strips in garlic sauce and sweet mirin top set atop rice with fresh carrots and broccolini. Add some peanuts for a salty crunch, and red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, and you've got a meal-in-a-box that's a bowlful of joy.
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You Will Need
Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Cook the Rice
Bring a small pot with jasmine rice, 1½ cup water, and a pinch of salt to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 18-20 minutes.
Remove from burner and set aside covered.
While rice cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Trim bottom end from broccolini and cut into 2" lengths.
Coarsely chop peanuts.
Peel, trim, and cut carrot into ¼" slices on an angle.
Pat steak strips dry, and season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Cook the Steak Strips
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add steak strips to hot pan and stir occasionally until no pink remains, 5-7 minutes.
Remove from burner and transfer steak strips to a plate.
Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Cook the Vegetables
Return pan used to cook steak strips to medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add carrots and broccolini to hot pan. Stir occasionally until tender, 5-7 minutes.
Season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Finish the Dish
Add steak strips and any accumulated juices, garlic sesame sauce, and mirin to pan.
Stir until steak strips and vegetables are lightly glazed, 1-2 minutes.
Remove from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, placing steak strips and vegetables on rice and garnishing with peanuts and red pepper flakes (to taste). Bon appétit!
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