Orange Beef

Healthy Chinese fast food recipes are always popular in my house. The kids love them, the husband loves them, and I love them. So, I’m often experimenting with making lighter and healthier versions of our restaurant favorites. This Orange Beef recipe is a great one to try! The sauce is rich, fresh and flavorful, yet still very light. If I’m making it for just me and my husband, I’ll add in some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a spicy kick. It also works nicely with some bell pepper strips and or zucchini chunks – which is a great way to bulk it up some more, too. Served over fresh steamed brown rice, this is one seriously satisfying meal.

Orange Beef

Bold, fresh flavors prepared in a much healthier way, this dish offers a great way to enjoy a popular Chinese fast food recipe for a lot less Points.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 lb boneless sirloin steak, lean, cut into 1/4” strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice from 1 small orange
  • 1/2 tsp grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange rind, soy sauce and sesame oil.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the beef strips and onions with the 1 tsp olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper.
  4. Heat remaining tsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and onions, cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Stir in sauce mixture; cook 2-4 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Serve beef mixture over rice.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet tags: Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Chinese

Calories: 411

Fat: 11g

Protein: 38g

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is about 1/2 cup beef over about 1/3 cup rice

Each serving = 11 Smart Points/10 Points

PER SERVING: 411; 11g fat; 6.5g saturated fat; 36g carbohydrates; 3.4g sugar; 38g protein; 2g fiber

 

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