Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beef Stir Fry

I'm not a lover of Chinese food but my son really likes it so I've been trying a few new dishes.

Some I like and some I just don't think I'll ever like!

One of my BIGGEST problems with Chinese food is the salt content. My blood pressure has slowly been on the rise for a few years now so I'm trying to control the amount of salt in our foods in hopes of avoiding having to be put on medication.
Well if you have ever read the ingredients in Chinese food or looked at a recipe you know that it's full of salt. There is salt in the soy sauce, the beef or chicken broths and many even have MSG that is added.
It's kind of like a layered dish of salt. Each ingredient used has SALT.

So I'm trying to find a few recipes that are healthy yet still taste good. 
This one was easy to make and definitely had a lot less salt than most.
Oh, and the above picture would have had broccoli in it if I wouldn't have forgotten to pick the broccoli up when I went to the store. (It was one of those days!)

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1 lb. stir fry beef
splash of olive oil
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of broccoli, cleaned and cut 
1 cup carrot matchsticks
1 cup orange juice
4 cups hot cooked rice

In a bowl, combine water, soy sauce and cornstarch and set aside.
Heat oil in a skillet and then add beef strips.
Add ginger, garlic powder and carrots.
Simmer until beef is browned.
Add broccoli and stir-fry until beef is thoroughly cooked & broccoli & carrots are as tender as you like.
Add orange juice and heat until boiling.
Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook a for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Serve over hot rice.
*Recipe makes 4 servings*


Angela said...

It looks really yummy without the broccoli but I'm sure I would love it with the broccoli too! I haven't tried to make a beef chinese meal so that would be a new meal for us. I have been making my version of a fried rice with onions, carrots, cashews, egg, and treet meat. I first had this at work. A girl I worked with brought some in that her mother made. She was from Japan and she cubed up treet meat in it! I don't even put the soy sauce in it anymore. Sometimes I add peas or broccoli to it.

Sharon said...

It looks delicious! Yes, there is tons of salt and MSG in Chinese cooking and that doesn't go well with my BP problem either. Thanks for the recipe!

Cheryl said...

Now that looks yummy, love me some rice!

Loretta said...

Hi Jessica, this looks sooo yummy! Trying to catch up...Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Hope you have a nice weekend!
Hugs, Loretta

Carmen C. said...

I'm not a big chinese fan either but it looks good! your right about the salt, WAY too much in chinese foods!!!Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!

Anita said...

Thanks! I'm gonna try your recipe.
I am also one of the salt watchers.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Well I am a fan and this looks GREAT! Enjoy your day.

Brisbane Takeaway said...

Too bad you cannot eat salt chinese food, i love it! But i dont doubt you made good beef stir fry. It looks wonderful on photos!