Healthy Beef and Broccoli

It turns out that when you purchase your husband’s childhood home from his parents, in addition to inheriting his collection of high school hockey paraphernalia and old report cards, you also acquire his list of favorite neighborhood restaurants. Today’s Healthy Beef and Broccoli is a dead ringer for the beef and broccoli stir fry at his family’s favorite Asian takeout joint.

Healthy Beef and Broccoli! Easy, low carb recipe made with broccoli rice, and the most incredibly tender beef and delicious Mongolian sauce. Tastes like an authentic Chinese beef and broccoli recipe, but is made with clean eating ingredients. Perfect for busy families and meal prep dinners!

When Ben’s parents moved to a lake west of the city, we bought his childhood home. While they are loving their lake life (and Ben and I are loving taking advantage of it), they still come back our way when a craving for authentic Chinese beef and broccoli, among other Asian takeout favorites, strikes.

Knowing that this restaurant is a favorite of theirs and thus that the beef stir fry standards were high, I shared two servings of this Healthy Beef and Broccoli recipe with them and anxiously awaited the verdict…This skinny Beef and Broccoli recipe is made with tender sirloin, a delicious Mongolian sauce, and broccoli rice.

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FULL POINTS! Ben’s mom called to tell me that it was one of the most tender beef and broccoli dishes she had tried, both of them absolutely adored the sauce, and could I please share the recipe.

Today is the day!

About This Healthy Beef and Broccoli Recipe

I adore making lighter versions of restaurant favorites, and today’s skinny beef and broccoli recipe is an ideal example. I cannot, however, take credit for the recipe. It comes from my friend Lindsay’s beautiful new cookbook, Nourishing Superfood Bowls.

Nourishing Superfood Bowls, a cookbook by Lindsay Cotter

If you aren’t familiar with the idea of a “bowl,” it’s essentially one giant dish of healthy goodness coming together in a single serving. Vegetables, protein, healthy fats—the gang’s all here!

You’ll often see “nourish bowls” (also called “Buddha bowls,” “power bowls,” “glow bowls,” and probably other names I haven’t even heard of yet) on hip cafe menus, usually for a high price tag. Instead, I love making them at home.

These Whole30 Vegetarian Power Bowls are a healthy weekday lunch and breakfast staple, and now thanks to Lindsay’s book, I have 75 new bowl recipes to try!

Lindsay’s book is divided into useful chapters with bowls that span across meals, including breakfast and dessert. I selected this recipe, Sticky Mongolian Beef Broccoli Rice Bowls, from the Family-Style Large Bowls chapter, and I am incredibly glad I did. Once you have a bite, your immediate wish will be for a second helping!

As many times as I’ve cooked and eaten cauliflower rice (this Healthy Fried Rice is a prime example), the idea of doing the same process with broccoli didn’t occur to me until I received this book. It’s brilliant!

Serving this healthy beef stir fry with broccoli rice created the exact Healthy Beef and Broccoli effect that I was after, without my needing to sauté the broccoli separately.

Use a food processor to make riced broccoli for Healthy Beef and Broccoli.

I’m excited to try broccoli rice with many existing healthy stir fry recipes, both for an extra serving of veg and as a refreshing change of pace from my standard brown rice. If you are following a low-carb diet, broccoli rice is a great option for you too.

Lindsay is a nutrition specialist for sports nutrition and gluten-free eating. All of the recipes in Nourishing Superfood Bowlsare gluten free, and she has included helpful tips and adaptations for other dietary needs and allergies too.

Healthy Beef and Broccoli is quick, tasty, and made with broccoli rice instead of white rice!

This Healthy Beef and Broccoli uses sirloin, which is lean and tender.

If you are looking for a ground beef and broccoli recipe, I think you could experiment with sauting the ground beef separately, then using Lindsay’s marinade to make a sauce and stirring it with the cooked ground beef.

For a Healthy Beef and Broccoli slow cooker recipe, check out my Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.

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Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Healthy Beef and Broccoli! Easy, low carb, healthy beef stir fry recipe made with tender beef and a delicious, sticky Mongolian sauce. Recipe uses everyday ingredients and is a family favorite!

Yield: 3–4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

MONGOLIAN SAUCE:

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup (60 to 80 ml) low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) coconut sugar (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) avocado oil or sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

BOWLS:

  • 1 pound (454 g) beef sirloin (sliced thin, 1/4- to 1/3-inch [6- to 8-mm]) thick
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or sesame oil, plus 2 tablespoons (30 ml) for frying
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, arrowroot starch, or potato starch, plus 1/4 cup (45 g) more (see notes)
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chicken broth or water
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make the Mongolian sauce, whisk together the tamari, broth, and coconut sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, add 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, and grated ginger. Stir fry until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tamari mixture to the saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. For the bowls, toss the beef in 1 teaspoon of oil and then 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Place in a bowl or Ziploc bag with the Mongolian sauce and marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  4. Once marinated, remove the beef from the marinade to a clean bowl and lightly coat the beef strips in an extra 1/4 cup (45 g) cornstarch.
  5. Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of oil, then place the beef strips in the pan. Stand back to avoid the splatters, and use a splatter screen if you have one. Fry in the oil for about 1 minute on each side, browning each steak strip. Set the beef strips on a paper-towel-lined plate and drain the oil from the pan.
  6. Place the beef strips back in the pan with the Mongolian sauce. Reduce the heat, and then cook the meat for 1 minute, stirring to coat. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  7. Cut the broccoli head into 3 or 4 parts. Working in batches, process in a blender or food processor until a riced texture is achieved. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Lightly steam in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  8. Divide the broccoli rice among each of the bowls. Add the beef to each bowl and drizzle the sauce on top. Top with the green onions and red pepper flakes. Garnish with the sesame seeds and cilantro.
  • For an extra-spicy bowl, add 1 sliced red Thai pepper to your sauce or to the beef when frying.
  • The sauce also works great with coconut palm sugar or raw turbinado sugar.
  • Honey will work in place of coconut sugar, but the beef will be stickier.
  • For a Paleo option, use cornstarch.

Very lightly adapted from Nourishing Superfood Bowls

// All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 4)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 309 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 30g

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Healthy Beef and Broccoli! Easy, low carb recipe made with broccoli rice, and the most incredibly tender beef and delicious Mongolian sauce. Tastes like an authentic Chinese beef and broccoli recipe, but is made with clean eating and Paleo approved ingredients. Perfect for busy families and meal prep dinners! #glutenfree #paleo #stirfry #chinese #beefandbroccoli #dinners #families #lowcarb #recipe #broccoli #beef #healthy

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20 comments

  1. Oh how did I not know that you lived in Ben’s old house. so fun! And I’m glad you all enjoyed this. It LOOKS AMAZING!! THank you thank you!

    Rating: 5
  2. So excited to make that broccoli rice and soak up that yummy sauce!! :)

  3. Who needs takeout when you can make this stunning dish?!

  4. Marian Tietgens Reply

    Since I live alone and only cook for one I would like to know which recipes can be made and then frozen? For instance can the broccoli rice be frozen and used in other recipes?

    • Hi Marian! I have freezing directions at the bottom of many of my recipes. Soups, casseroles, and stir fries all usually freeze well. For this, you can freeze the rice before it is cooked. It will become a little soggy when reheated, so I’d suggest lightly sauting it to warm it through. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  5. I made this tonight and served it over brown rice. Very delicious!My husband said,  “This dinner is so good, I just want to hug it”

    Rating: 5
  6. Made this tonight, yowza yummy! Doubled the sauce, did not rice broccoli (left as florets) and served with rice. Really fast, which is so nice. I used meat that was in the freezer so I pounded it thinner just in case it was tough. Scared the kitties, but that’s what they get for being on my counter!

  7. I made this last night. The beef was absolutely DELICIOUS. Definitely going to be a repeat for me!The broccoli rice, although it looked pretty, was really bland and dry, but that was probably my fault. Next time I’ll probably just make it with regular rice or regular broccoli, or both! Haha.

    Rating: 4
    • I’m so happy you loved the beef!! And I think the regular rice/broccoli rice sounds like a great combo. I hope you love the recipe even more next time around.

  8. This. Was. AMAZING. I served this with brown rice for my husband and steamed broccoli florets for me – my husband has been begging to have this again so we’re having it this evening. Toward the end of the cook time for the beef, I . hit the pan with a splash of red wine vinegar which really kicked the flavour element up a knotch here. Love your recipes and this is certainly not a disappointment!

    Rating: 5
  9. Loved making this recipe but I was wondering what is the serving size

    • Ciara, I didn’t measure the exact amount, but you can estimate it to about 1/4 of the recipe. Divide the total amount in half twice, and you’ll have it!

  10. Hi Erin, I love your recipes. I was looking to make a beef and broccoli dinner so I thought I’d search your site before resorting to google or Pinterest! I just have a question. In step 6, the Mongolian sauce mentioned, is it the same sauce that the beef marinated in? So it goes from.the Ziploc/container back into the pan? I’m very excited to try this!

    • Sarah, so nice to e-meet you!!! Yes, it is the same sauce as the marinade (you are getting twice the bang with it!). I hope you love the recipe!

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