Spicy Orange Beef with Vegetables
Adapted from WW "Take Out Tonight"
Preparation Time: 22 min, Cooking Time: 8 min
Serve this beef and vegetable stir-fry with steamed brown rice for a complete meal.
1 1/4 cup(s) low sodium chicken broth + splash balsamic vinegar OR 1 1/4 cups fat free beef broth (we used Beef)
3 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener or sugar*
1/2 tsp orange extract, optional (I would say this is essential)
1 spray(s) cooking spray
2 TBSP orange zest, freshly grated, or 1/4 cup fresh julienned orange peel (only had 1Tbsp... it needs 2)
1/4 cup ginger root, fresh, peeled, julienned
2 medium garlic clove(s), slivered
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (I would use a little more)
1 lb lean sirloin beef, boneless, sliced against grain into 1/8-inch-thick strips
4 cups snow peas OR 1/4 lb green beans (halved) + 1 red bell pepper, seeded & cut into strips+ 1 carrot cut into matchstrips OR 1 package frozen Asian stir-fry veggies, steamed in microwave (I used 1 bag, and next time will use 2 for more veggies)
1 TBSP cornstarch or arrowroot powder , dissolved in 1 TBSP of water
Optional: 1 tsp red chile paste (I would use this)
Whisk broth, soy sauce, Splenda and orange extract together in a small bowl; set aside.
Coat a large nonstick wok skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add orange peel or zest, ginger and garlic; stir-fry until softened and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and stir-fry 20 seconds.
Add beef; stir-fry until lightly browned, about 3 1/2 minutes. Add vegetables and continue stir-frying until combined, about 30 seconds.
Pour in broth mixture and bring to a simmer; cover skillet and cook 1 minute more.
Stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook just until sauce thickens, about 5 to 10 seconds; immediately remove from heat and serve. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
To julienne orange peel, press the peeled rind sections as flat as you can on a cutting board and slice them into long matchsticks. To julienne fresh ginger, cut the peeled stalk into thin, even slices and then cut each of these into matchsticks.