I LOVE all types of Asian foods–takeout, sushi, egg rolls, pad Thai: it’s all amazing to me! When I saw this recipe for a healthy version of beef and broccoli, I was PUMPED. I’m always looking for healthier versions of unhealthy foods I love.
Right off the bat, I knew this recipe would be really simple to modify if I wanted to. I’m honestly not the biggest fan of cooked broccoli and my boys don’t love it either, so I knew that if I were going to make this and have a shot at it being successful with the whole family that I needed to substitute a different veggie. I opted for coleslaw mix and it worked really well! I used 4 cups of slaw mix and since cabbage cooks down and shrinks, it didn’t make 4 full servings like the recipe says. Next time I’ll add in some more slaw mix so there are 4 full servings after cooking.
Another really simple modification you can make is the protein: not everyone loves steak (I’m usually one of them!). It can be really chewy and dry if you overcook it, especially when cut into pieces. You can make this with chicken, shrimp, ground turkey, or any other protein you like. As long as you’ve got the sauce, it will be good!
You can also add some brown rice to add a little more volume to your meal or to add some carbs if you wanted to eat this as a lunch. Carbs are your friend for lunch to give you energy to get through the rest of the day!
Healthier Beef and Broccoli (from Ilana Muhlstein)
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
6 Tbsp. water, divided use
2 Tbsp. corn starch, divided use
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 lb. raw top sirloin beef, trimmed of fat and sliced into ½-inch thick pieces
1 tsp. coconut oil
4 cups broccoli florets
2 medium bell peppers, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped OR 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Combine soy sauce, 4 Tbsp. water, 1 Tbsp. corn starch, and honey in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine remaining 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 2 Tbsp. water in a large bowl; mix well. Add beef. Toss gently to coat.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add beef; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from skillet, keep warm.
Add broccoli, bell pepper, garlic, and ginger to skillet; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes. Place broccoli mixture in beef bowl.
Add soy sauce mixture to skillet; cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat for 30 seconds, or until thickened.
Return beef and broccoli mixture to skillet; cook, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed and heated through. Serve immediately.