Do you know the beef and broccoli side dish at Panda Express? That was always one of my favorite things to order, and I would congratulate myself that I had chosen a “healthy” option. And while I love Panda Express on occasion, if your stomach is anything like mine, the price you pay for the bloating and indigestion afterwards isn’t worth it. With our Healthy Beef and Broccoli recipe, you can make a delicious, healthy version at home.
For those of you who are Whole30, Paleo, Keto, etc. lovers, listen up. This is a delicious, healthy meal, high in protein and low in carbs that the whole family can enjoy!
We begin with the meat. I like to use my favorite cast iron pan to help the meat cook evenly. As far as how much meat you should cook, take into account the people who will be eating it. While I like to fill my plate with more vegetables, the men in my family, in particular, need to have a lot more meat on their plate to keep them satiated. Steak can get expensive, so if you are on a budget, you can make a little go a long way if you cut the meat in smaller strips. Cook the meat until all the pink has turned brown. As the meat cooks, collect the natural juices–this stuff is gold for cooking the vegetables. Tip: the slower you cook (on a lower heat), the more juice you will get.
Once the meat is done, remove the meat from the pan with tongs, keeping the juice inside. Here we add our vegetables. I always encourage people to cook with a lot of vegetables, and this recipe is perfect for sneaking in healthy portions sizes of vegetables. While frozen veggies can come in handy in a pinch, I recommend using fresh vegetables for this dish. They will cook more evenly and have a satisfying crunch when you bite into them.
Then go ahead and add the carrots. Feel free to add other vegetables (onions, water chestnuts, string beans) that sound good to you as well. You really can’t go wrong with more vegetables. Make sure to stir them around in the juices and see that they all cook evenly. There is nothing better than the satisfying crunch of cooked, fresh vegetables!
Add the meat back and let the glorious concoction of nutrients simmer together until you are ready to eat with your family. This is such a nice, easy, quick, healthy recipe for the whole family to enjoy.
Next we make the sauce. Sauces can really make or break a dish. With our sauces, we try to accentuate the natural flavors of the food rather than slathering your hard work with something heavily salted or sugary. This sauce is easy to make, uses natural ingredients, and can be used with a wide variety of dishes. The coconut aminos is a healthy and delicious alternative to soy sauce and cuts down on sodium.
When you add the sauce, pour it evenly around the steak and vegetables and stir in gently. No one needs sauces splashing around getting your clothes all dirty! But I guess that is what aprons are for :).
And there you have it. A delicious and nutritious meal the whole family will love! If you want more recipes like this, check out our Roasted Lemon Chicken recipe. And look here for tips on how to Raise a Healthy Family. We hope you enjoy your Healthy Beef and Broccoli. As always, the kitchen is a place of discovery, so make it your own and leave a comment below of what you did. We love to hear from you!
Healthy Beef and Broccoli
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, sliced
- 4 cups broccoli
- 1 carrot, slice on a diagonal
- 4 scallions
- 3/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 2 inches chunks of fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 2 dates or 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the flank steak, top with salt and pepper until well seasoned. Cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Once well-browned, remove from pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add broccoli, carrots and scallions to the beef drippings. Cook approximately 5 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
In a small blender combine coconut aminos garlic, ginger, arrowroot powder, dates and crushed red pepper flakes until no longer lumpy.
Remove cover from pan and add sauce and beef. Cook until sauce starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.