Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef
Jane Bruce

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Pounds  top sirloin
  • 2 Tablespoons  canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon  julienned ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon  sliced garlic
  • 1 Cup  mixed green and yellow wax beans, trimmed and sliced on a bias into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup  grape tomatoes, halved
  • Thai bird’s-eye chiles, minced
  • bunch scallions, trimmed, green and white parts sliced thinly on a bias
  • 5 Tablespoons  soy sauce mixed with ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon  cornstarch

I have a dirty secret. Mongolian beef is one of my favorite things to order when I'm tempted to spend the night in, cozy up in front of the TV (my theoretical TV, since I'm one of those New Yorkers who doesn't have one), and just eat out of a box. A Chinese takeout box, that is.

But, I've made a version here that won't require picking up the phone and that's a bit healthier, with the addition of green and yellow wax beans and some grape tomatoes on top of the usual bunch of scallions. Feel free to add in some sugar if you like the sauce a little on the sweet side.

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Directions

Freeze the beef for about 15-30 minutes. This will make it easier to slice. Slice thinly against the grain.

Heat a wok or 10-inch skillet over high heat for about 5 minutes. Add the oil and continue to heat until nearly smoking. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring continuously so that the garlic does not burn, for 10 seconds. Add the beef and cook until nearly done but some red remains, about 45 seconds. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the green beans, yellow wax beans, tomatoes, chiles, and scallions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the soy sauce, water, and cornstarch together in a bowl, making sure to dissolve all lumps.

Push the vegetables to the sides and form a well in the center. Pour the slurry into the well and let come to a boil just briefly. Mix well, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the beans are crisp tender, about 1 minute. Remove the lid, add the beef, and stir to heat through and combine flavors, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

294 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

15%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 19g 30%
  • Carbs 10g 3%
  • Saturated 5g 27%
  • Fiber 2g 10%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 20g 40%
  • Cholesterol 66mg 22%
  • Sodium 1,152mg 48%
  • Calcium 72mg 7%
  • Magnesium 51mg 13%
  • Potassium 597mg 17%
  • Iron 3mg 14%
  • Zinc 4mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 223mg 32%
  • Vitamin A 33µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 29mg 48%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 7%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 31%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 51µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 87µg 109%
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