Beef & Broccoli

A “healthified” version of a Chinese restaurant favorite – beef & broccoli. Typically smothered in a sweet and heavy sauce, this “healthified” version uses fresh veggies, lean beef, brown rice, and a light delicious sauce to create a satisfying meal at home.

beef and broccoli

Ingredients:
brown rice
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
12 oz sirloin steak, thinly sliced
1 tsp canola oil
2 cups broccoli florets
3/4 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup water
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1/3 cup sliced green onions (optional)

Directions:
1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.
2. Combine soy sauce, cornstarch, and hoisin in a bowl. Add beef and toss to coat.
3. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan. Remove beef, reserving marinade, and add to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove beef from pan.
4. Add broccoli, red onion, carrot, bell pepper, water, and sesame oil to pan. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until broccoli is crisp-tender.
5. Add reserved marinade to pan and bring to a boil. Add beef to pan and cook until thoroughly heated.
6. Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with green onions.

Yield: 4 servings (311 calories, 9.3 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 23.5 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 36 mg cholesterol)

Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light, October 2012

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