I could lie, and tell you Dasiy (my dog) ate my homework… but I’m not going to. The truth is I’m still

Daisy with birthday cake

finding my groove in providing my members with all of the fab benefits and amazing value I promised

while dealing with an apparent upturn in the economy that has resulted in a rash of party requests from my real time clients. It’s all good news for my mortgage, but “all work and no play” makes for rather dull blogging.

Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes

Never fear, here is a Pop Star, Yacht, and Whirlwind Romance memory to keep you entertained. In the meantime, I’ll work on regaining balance, and hopefully have something other than dishpan hands to report by next Tuesday! I have been invited to a glamorous actress’s Taurean birthday party, and another friend’s ultra hip gallery opening. I also hope to have time to hear Dr. Michael Beckwith speak at Marianne Williamson’s Monday night lecture at the Saban Theater this coming week.

Julie Anne Rhodes and dog, Daisy

What? You miss me that much, you can’t wait? Then please do come join me on JulieAnneRhodes.com! Or, munch on this…

Vegan Beef with Broccoli

“Beef” with Broccoli

The trick to this healthy meal is to have your ingredients prepped, and ready (mise en place). Once everything is in place, the actual cook time is very fast. Have some steadfast beef eaters in your family? Substitute sliced (across the grain for tenderness) flank steak for the Gardein “beef” tips.

Servings: 4


1/3 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of dry Sherry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1 tablespoon of peanut oil, divided
10 ounces Gardein “beef” tips
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of broccoli, cut into florets and blanched


1). In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth, oyster sauce, honey, soy sauce, Sherry, sesame oil, red chili flakes, and one tablespoon of the cornstarch. Set aside.
2). Toss “beef” tips with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
3). Heat two teaspoons of the oil in a large wok or skillet. When you start to see ridges in the oil (you want to ensure the oil is hot, because the Gardein does not need long to cook) add the “beef” tips, and brown, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes. Remove “beef” tips to a plate, and set aside. If you are cooking real beef, cook 4-8 minutes depending on how well done you like your beef.
4). Add remaining teaspoon of peanut oil to the pan. Heat for 30 seconds. Add the ginger and garlic, stirring until fragrant, another 30 seconds. Add the broth mixture, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Add “beef” tips and blanched broccoli, stir until heated through, another 1-2 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve over rice of your choice. I prefer Jasmine rice.
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  • May 13, 2011
    12:10 pm

    You are one busy lady! Don’t stress, just take one day at a time and we’re always here for you. Happy to hear that you are getting lots of business, that’s a good sign that everyone’s getting back together financially. I’m always here for you if there is anything I can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask! Lots of hugs, Ruthee

  • May 13, 2011
    5:24 am

    ….Hooray for the workload!
    Enjoy the b’day party and gallery opening.I’m sure it will be so much fun.
    Oh Daisy is so cute….I wish I could give her a huge hug.