Easy Beef and Broccoli

The BEST and EASIEST beef and broccoli made in 15 min from start to finish. And yes, it’s quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST beef and broccoli made in just 15 min. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

Ever since we moved to Hollywood, Jason and I have been ordering delivery several times a week. There are tons of fun restaurants we’re just dying to try out but once we get home, we’re just too tired to leave the house again. Plus, Butters makes it really difficult for us to leave.

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST beef and broccoli made in just 15 min. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST beef and broccoli made in just 15 min. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

But as convenient as delivery is, I just can’t keep waiting 60-90 mins for them to come! Plus, the food is always cold by the time it hits our table. So when I had a beef and broccoli craving the other day – a craving I have at least once a week – I just had to try Carrian’s easy version of this.

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST beef and broccoli made in just 15 min. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

And yes, it really is the EASIEST beef and broccoli I have ever made! The slow cooker version of mine is great too, perfect for when you work an 8 hr day, but this – this is on your dinner table in 15 minutes, and this includes the prep time! But don’t be fooled by the easiness of the recipe – it’s just as flavorful and tasty, if not better, than take-out!

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST beef and broccoli made in just 15 min. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

Easy Beef and Broccoli

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Easy Beef and Broccoli

The BEST and EASIEST beef and broccoli made in 15 min from start to finish. And yes, it's quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chicken stock, honey, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, cornstarch, Sriracha, ginger, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in broccoli and soy sauce mixture until tender and slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Oh, Sweet Basil

http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/13/easy-beef-broccoli/

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 583.3 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 11.2g 56%
Trans Fat 0.8g
Cholesterol 81.3mg 27%
Sodium 1578mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 27.1g
Protein 36.7g 73%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This is a great recipe for someone looking to bump up the level of iron in their blood. The beef is a good source of iron and the broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb the iron.

Here are some clues you might be low in iron: feeling unusually tired a lot, a foggy mind, ridges on your fingernails, and a pale complexion. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, get your doctor to check your iron – then go home and make this recipe!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A take-out favorite made healthy and low-carb! Best of all, this comes together in 20 min from start to finish - it’s just that easy!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

I am definitely a carbaholic but I’m still such a sucker for lettuce wraps. It’s the perfect way to sneak in some veggies without being too full or bloated for the rest of the day. And when it takes just 20 min to make the best lettuce wraps ever – well, I think I could give up my love for carbs then.

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

No, but really, these wraps have all the flavors of kung pao chicken – a Chinese take-out favorite – and it really takes just 20 min to whip up from start to finish. Yes, it’s just that easy. Best of all, you only need to dirty up one pan!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

It’s also so much healthier, cheaper and quicker than all that take-out grease. You can’t beat that!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A take-out favorite made healthy and low-carb! Best of all, this comes together in 20 min from start to finish - it's just that easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts, optional
  • For the sauce
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, dry sherry, chili garlic sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sesame oil and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Stir in garlic and zucchini until softened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce mixture until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style, garnished with peanuts, if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/09/kung-pao-chicken-lettuce-wraps/

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 196.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.8g 34%
Saturated Fat 4.7g 24%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 98.3mg 33%
Sodium 690mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 21.3g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
Sugars 10.8g
Protein 24.3g 49%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

One cup of cooked brown rice adds 112 calories and 24 grams of carbs. By replacing the rice with lettuce, you can fill up more on the protein from the chicken and take in more nutrients from the veggies.  Not only does the lettuce add nutrients, but you will end up consuming more of the other veggies without the rice filling you up.

Compared to a popular Chinese restaurant, a serving of this recipe has 72% LESS sodium! Many people have diets that are too high in sodium, so recipes like this are an easy way to start eating healthier.  In particular, people with high blood pressure should decrease their sodium intake, as a high sodium diet can make their blood pressure even worse.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.

Sesame Chicken Potstickers

Potstickers are unbelievably easy to make. Best of all, they’re freezer-friendly, perfect for those busy weeknights!

Sesame Chicken Potstickers - These are unbelievably easy to make. And they're freezer-friendly too, perfect for those busy weeknights!

Whenever I have a chance, I make huge batches of potstickers. They’re one of my most favorite things to eat, so it’s always super convenient to have a batch of homemade potsticker right in the freezer. And it’s always helpful to have a helping hand. Plus, it’s even more fun when you compare your pretty potsticker folding skills while your helping partner destructs them.

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Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat

A complete copycat version you can easily make right at home! And yes, it tastes a million times better (and healthier) than take-out!

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

Have you tried Panda Express’ sweet fire chicken yet? It’s a fairly new item but it’s quickly become a favorite. It has that amazing sweetness with just the right amount of spice to it. But just like every other entree item there, they always give you about 3 chicken bites and 8 pineapple pieces with each serving!

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