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Ginger Beef and Broccoli

Yield 4 servings
If broccoli's out of favor in your house, just look in the fridge: This dish is great with practically any vegetable.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin
  • 2 large broccoli stalks
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories (1/4 of recipe): 319
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • sodium 870 mg
  • cholesterol 63 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 10 minutes

    Slice the beef crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, each about 2 inches long. Cut the florets off the broccoli; peel and slice the stalks. Cut the pepper into thin strips.

    Combine the broccoli and the pepper strips in a bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the beef broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch. When the cornstarch is dissolved, set sauce aside.

    Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the beef strips and stir-fry until brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the beef to a plate, using a slotted spoon. Add the remaining beef, cook for 2 minutes, until brown, then remove to plate with a slotted spoon.

    Carefully wipe out the hot pan with a paper towel. Heat the remaining oil over high heat. Add the broccoli and the pepper strips to the wok, cover, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Stir the broth mixture and pour it into the wok, then add the beef and any juices from the plate.

    Simmer over low heat, stirring, for a minute or two, just until the sauce thickens. Transfer to a serving platter.

    How kids can help: Measure and stir together sauce ingredients.

    TIP: It's easier to slice the beef if it's partially frozen, so freeze it for about an hour before preparing your stir-fry.