As a teacher and busy mom, I don’t have time to cook all evening. There are papers to grade and kids who need help with homework. So, now that school has started back, I’m all about meals I can prepare in a short period of time. This Orange Beef is one of my favorite week-night meals. It can be on the table in less than 30 minutes… really more like 15, including the time it takes to slice the steak. Plus, the Asian flavors hit the spot on a night I’m tempted to pick up Chinese take-out on the way home from work. Fake-out take-out at its best! ~Erin
- 1 lb. New York strip steaks, trimmed and cut into small strips
- 3 thinly sliced scallions
- 2 tsp. ginger paste
- Zest of half a navel orange
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ T. canola or vegetable oil
- ½ T. sesame oil
- 2 T. packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. corn starch
- 2 T. water
- ¼ c. fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 T. unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
- Optional: crushed red pepper flakes, additional sliced scallions; for garnish
- Prepared rice or cauliflower rice*, for serving
In a medium bowl, mix beef strips with thinly sliced scallions, ginger paste, orange zest, and salt and pepper until evenly coated.
Heat canola and sesame oil together in a large skillet over medium high heat.
When the skillet is very hot, add the beef and cook for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar with the corn starch. Once combined, whisk in the water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce.
Add the mixture to the skillet with the beef; simmer on medium high until thickened, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice; garnish with crushed red pepper flakes and sliced scallions, if desired.
*I find cauliflower rice to have the best flavor when sautéed in a nonstick skillet, using a few sprays of nonstick cooking spray. Keep the lid on until it thaws, if using frozen.
WW Freestyle Info.: This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving is 10 SmartPoints, not including rice.