This is a 25-minute takeout-inspired meal that is easy to pull together, utilizes common ingredients and has that fresh, made-from-scratch flavor with a restaurant look — all on a budget. The sauce has the same luscious, sweet and salty quality as the irresistible Chinese-American takeout classic but with no added sugar and low-sodium. It’s made with a combination of chicken broth (use low-sodium to reduce the salt content), low-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger and arrowroot powder. The latter helps to thicken the sauce, but you can also use cornstarch. For a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, use tamari or coconut aminos; both have a rich umami flavor that works well here.
The sauce is endlessly versatile but here, it’s tossed with seared beef, bell peppers, broccoli and scallions. Serve over cooked rice or noodles for a complete meal. And the best part is, dinner comes together in just 20 minutes.
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Swap Option: Replace flank steak with chicken or tofu, which are cheaper and better-for-you alternatives to red meat.
Technique Tip: Allow the wok and oil to fully heat up before adding the beef to ensure that it forms a delicious crust and browns evenly.
Toss beef in arrowroot or cornstarch.2.
Set a wok or carbon steel pan on high heat. Once hot, add oil and the beef. Cook until sear marks appear, about 5 minutes. Then remove from the skillet and set aside.3.
Reduce the skillet to medium heat and add oil, green onion and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.4.
Add bell pepper and sear together for another 2 minutes.5.
Add chopped broccoli or broccolini, then cover the pan to let the veggies soften for 2 to 3 minutes.6.
Mix together the ingredients for the sauce. Add the beef to the pan and toss together. Pour in the sauce and once it starts to bubble, stir immediately and continuously so the sauce doesn’t get slimy.7.
Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy with your choice of brown rice, jasmine rice or cauliflower rice.