You won’t find this fabulous dish at your local Chinese takeout! The homemade sauce is bursting with flavor and so easy to make. I’m stir-frying with just 1 teaspoon oil and using healthy ingredients such as a lean steak, red peppers, edamame, pineapple and serving over brown rice. The skinny for each serving is 358 calories, 6 grams of fat and 9 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Serve without rice and it’s 8 POINTS PLUS. This dish is so hearty, you really don’t need anything else to complete the meal. That said, you still might want to serve this recipe with Low Carb Chicken Lettuce Wraps or Panda Express Egg Rolls Made Skinny.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes, including making rice
1 cup brown Basmati rice, uncooked, see shopping tip
½ of a (7 oz jar) hoisin sauce, see shopping tip
½ cup rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks, unsweetened, not drained, ½ cup juice from can
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar), see shopping tip
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
Less than ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes or more, if you like it very spicy
1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil
1 pound lean top sirloin, cut into bite size chunks, see shopping tip
1 cup red bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced
1 cup scallions, chopped
1 cup frozen shelled edamame or green peas, not defrosted
1. Cook rice according to package instructions and keep warm.
2. In the meantime, in a small saucepan add ½ of the jar of hoisin sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice from the can of pineapple, honey, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and mix well. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.
3. In a large nonstick pan or wok, heat 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Add beef and stir-fry until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
4. Add red bell pepper, scallions, edamame, pineapple chunks and saute for 1 minute. Add sauce and mix well. Cook for 1 more minute.
5. To serve: place ¾ cup brown rice on each plate or bowl and spread out. Top each with 1 cup stir-fry.
Makes 4 servings-each serving (¾ cup rice and 1 cup stir-fry)
Steak is nutrient dense. It’s a complete protein, contains vitamin B12, iron, niacin and zinc. Eaten in moderation, lean beef can be part of a healthy life style.
Brown rice is a good source of magnesium, which helps to maintain proper blood pressure. It also contains a fair amount of fiber, iron, niacin, thiamine and vitamin B6.
Edamame is extremely high in protein and fiber. It provides useful amounts of B vitamins, significant calcium and a little zinc.
Choose lean beef such as tenderloin or top sirloin. Trader Joe’s sells packages of very lean top sirloin. They also sell packages of very lean grass fed steak. Be sure to cut the steak into bite-size pieces. This dish would also taste great using chicken or pork.
Brown Basmati rice is really tasty. It’s tastes much nuttier than most brown rice. Most supermarkets sell it either in the rice aisle or health food aisle. I found it at Trader Joe’s.
Hoisin sauce is sold in most supermarkets in the Asian or international section.
Ginger, in a jar, is a wonderful product and can be found in the produce section where garlic, in a jar, is displayed.
Weight Watchers (old points) 7
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 9
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS (without rice) 8
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (3/4 cup rice and 1 cup stir-fry)
358 calories, 6g fat, 34g protein, 44g carbs, 3g fiber, 859mg sodium, 24g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
830 calories, 21g fat, 33g protein, 133g carbs, 2g fiber, 2273mg sodium, 50g sugar