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Ground Beef and Broccoli with rice on a plate with a fork

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This easy ground beef and broccoli stir fry is perfect when you need a quick weeknight dinner!

Stir-fried minced meat and broccoli

Stir-fried minced meat and broccoli

This simple ground beef and broccoli is so much healthier than takeout! Don't get me wrong, I love Chinese food. But when I'm trying to reach my health goals, cooking meals from scratch gives me more control over what goes into my food. Here we use lean ground beef, broccoli and onions boiled with soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic. If you love beef and broccoli you might also like this Broccoli Beef (made with steak). If you prefer chicken, try my chicken and broccoli stir fry. For more takeout meals you can make at home, check out my General Tso's Spicy Chicken or Shrimp Fried Rice.

Stir-fried minced meat and broccoli

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Minced meat and broccoli on rice

It's so fun to take a classic takeout dish like Beef and Broccoli and make it tastier, healthier, and easier with just a few changes!

I prefer to make my own Asian takeout because it gives me the option to use much better ingredients. Using fresh, high-quality ingredients that are good for our health and the health of our planet makes a huge difference. So here I used humanely raised ground beef from a regenerative farm, organic vegetables, and locally sourced honey (instead of sugar).

My husband is a picky taster and loved this updated beef and broccoli so much that he requested it the following week!

How to serve

You can serve it over white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice or cauliflower rice, and you could even add blanched asparagus, peppers or courgettes for even more veggie goodness.

Enjoy and let me know in the comments if you love this dish as much as I do!

What is Beef and Broccoli Dip made of?

Most beef and broccoli dip recipes are heavy and greasy because they use a ton of oil and sugar and also don't have the right balance of sweet and savory. Here, however, we have lightened and perfected the sauce by combining just a few ingredients:

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon honey (instead of sugar!)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil (you really don't need much oil!)

What are the benefits of eating beef and broccoli?

Lean ground beef (preferably from humanely raised animals) is a nutritious source of protein rich in various vitamins and minerals, especially iron and zinc. And broccoli is an underrated superfood as it is a good source of fiber and protein and is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, E, K and many B vitamins, including folic acid. This lighter ground beef and broccoli also contains much less sugar and oil than most recipes (we used honey instead of sugar and just half a tablespoon of sesame oil), making it a really good-for-you Chinese food recipe.

How do you blanch broccoli?

This recipe calls for blanched broccoli. Blanching is an easy way to cook vegetables quickly.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the florets in the water and cook them for two to three minutes until bright green and crisp. Immediately drain in a colander and place in an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice water), which will stop the cooking process. Once the broccoli is cool, drain it again in the colander.

Minced meat and broccoli with rice on a plate with a fork

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Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooked: 8 minutes

Total: 13 minutes

Product: 4 portions

Portions: 3 /4 cup

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. Set aside.

  • Add the sesame oil to a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef is almost cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour in the reserved sauce, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 more minute.

  • Divide mixture evenly among 4 plates or shallow bowls, layering rice first, if using.

  • Top each with sesame seeds and scallions.

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*To blanch broccoli: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the florets in the water and cook them for two to three minutes until bright green and crisp. Immediately drain in a colander and place in an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice water), which will stop the cooking process. Once the broccoli is cool, drain it again in the colander.

Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 327 kcal, Carbohydrates: 26 G, Protein: 29 G, Fat: 11 G, Saturated fats: 3.5 G, Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 1052 mg, Fiber: 5 G, Sugar: 11 G

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