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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Say NO to Chinese Takeaway: Make a Healthy Sesame Beef, Broccoli and Brown Rice Stir Fry instead!

Nice classic takeaway alternative for you today.

This dish reminds me of Miranda from Sex and the City because this is pretty much what she orders every time she gets a takeout! (I think it's chicken rather than beef actually but the rest is the same.)

There's a scene where she starts to order it over the phone and gets embarassed because the takeout lady already knows exactly what she's going to get.

Surely another reason not to dial that takeaway number again? Don't let yourself get stuck in that takeaway rut, it's so much easier to recreate a tastier, healthier (and probably cheaper) version at home instead.

And no, you don't have to be a single 30-something-year-old female to make this dish ;-)

Healthy Sesame Beef, Broccoli and Brown Rice Stir Fry
For 2:

250g beef fillet strips
60ml hot beef stock
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 crushed garlic clove
1/2 tsp cornflour
Small red onion, chopped
4-6 broccoli florets, halved
Small green pepper, sliced
Sesame oil
150g wholegrain rice
Fresh coriander to garnish

1) Toss the beef in half of the sesame seeds.
2) Add the rice to a pan of water. Bring to the boil, then cover and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
3) Stir the stock with the soy sauce, ginger, garlic and cornflour.
4) Fry the beef in sesame oil for a few minutes. Take out of the pan and set aside.
5) Add a little more sesame oil to the pan and fry the onion, broccoli and pepper.
6) Pour in the stock mixture and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Return the beef to the pan for a few more minutes.
7) Divide between 2 plates, sprinkling over the rest of the sesame seeds. Garnish with coriander and serve with the steamed rice.

If you liked this, you might want to try making these other takeaway alternatives too.


Charlotte said...

There are some Chinese takeaway options that are quite healthy. I read them on this blog post. They're veggie too if you don't eat beef :) http://hungryhouse.co.uk/blog/chinese-takeaway-is-healthy/

Hungry Jenny said...

Hi Charlotte, thanks for the link, an interesting read with some helpful advice. Good to know there's ways to hunt out healthier options on the menu if you want to!

Hungry Jenny x

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