Healthier Chinese Food Style Beef and Broccoli

Chinese beef and broccoli
Dana Angelo White
Total Time 30 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 20 min
Yield 4 (1 1/4 cup each)

Craving Chinese take-out but need a gluten-free option? Make a lighter and celiac-friendly version filled with lean protein and extra servings of crispy vegetables.

No worries if you don’t have a wok—a cast iron skillet works amazingly well for this recipe. Prep the ingredients ahead of time and cook up dinner in less than 25 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces flank steak
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger root, minced
  • 4 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1 small head bok choy, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium wheat-free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Preparation

  1. Trim away any excess fat from steak and thinly slice on a bias against the grain.
  2. Heat oil in wok or cast iron skillet.
  3. Add garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add steak. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until steak begins to brown.
  5. Add broccoli and bok choy and season with black pepper.
  6. Add tamari, honey, and lime juice.
  7. Toss and allow to cook for 5 minutes until steak is cooked and vegetables are crisp.
  1. Serve immediately.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Broccoli and bok choy are traditional ingredients for a dish like this but you can swap those out for other vegetables. Suggestions include carrots, bell pepper, snow peas, and asparagus. Whatever you choose, you'll add boats of nutrition to the dish, including anti-inflammatory vitamin C, calcium, and more.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Flank steak is a lean yet tasty cut of beef. Slicing the steak on a bias and “against the grain” ensures that the meat will be tender and easy to chew when cooked.

Serve with one cup servings of cooked brown rice or gluten-free noodles. If you have leftovers, mix with cooked rice and a scrambled egg for a delicious take on fried rice.

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