Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Trim it Down Tuesday: Beef and Orange Stir Fry

This week, I took pictures!! (Yay!)

I found this recipe off Yahoo, listed as a simple meal with few ingredients. Ding!! I hate recipes that call for 100 ingredients, spices, and steps. I'm all for simple and easy food, so this immediately appealed to me. After reading the recipe, I saw that it's only 371 calories per serving, so I decided to road-test it for our Trim it Down Tuesday.

Beef and Orange Stir-Fry

3 oranges
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 pounds trimmed boneless sirloin or rib eye, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon canola oil
6 scallions, green parts only, cut into 1-inch lengths

Into a small bowl, finely grate zest and squeeze juice from 1 orange. Add garlic and soy sauce.

With a sharp paring knife, peel remaining 2 oranges. Slice oranges crosswise 1/2 inch thick, then halve slices; push out, and discard any seeds. Set aside. (*note: I just peeled the oranges with my fingers, old school style!)

In a medium bowl, toss meat with cornstarch until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Working in batches (adding more oil if needed), brown beef on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes; remove from skillet and transfer to a plate. (*note: I left out the cornstarch, and all was fine. Also, I cooked all the meat at once. I used the thin cuts of sirloin/top loin.)

Pour juice mixture into skillet, and boil until syrupy, about 1 minute. Return beef to skillet; add orange slices and scallions. Toss until coated and heated through. Serve hot. (*note: I forgot to get scallions at the store!! )

Nutritional Info
Per Serving
Calories: 371 kcal
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Fat: 19 g
Protein: 30 g
Sugars: 12 g
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I served this over brown rice, and while I probably had about 1/3 of the batch (instead of 1/4), I was very full afterwards. It's really really good - the sweetness of the oranges is balanced nicely by the soy sauce, and I imagine the scallions if you were to include them. It was really easy to make, and all in all, the meal cost me under $10 and should feed 4. A fabulous deal!
I will definitely make this again.


Blablover5 said...

I wish I could make orange chicken or beef. I loved it as a kid.

But alas thanks to a very bad Panda Express experience as a child my husband can't stand it. I'm lucky that he'll eat the brown sauce I make at home as for a lot of his life he refused any chinese food.

Damn you Panda Express!

Linda said...

Yum. I might throw in some asparagus or bok choy to liven it up and add some fiber. But great recipe.

Rachel said...

This actually doesn't taste too much like orange beef or orange chicken. It's a little different.

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