Guilt-free orange beef & broccoli! Yes! If you’ve never tried it, you’ll find replicating Chinese takeout dishes at home is ridiculously easy and surprisingly affordable… TAKEOUT FAKEOUT, IF YOU WILL.
I had a fridge full of oranges and a 3/4 pound slab of top round beef just begging to be sacrificed for the good of my belly. I love to buy cheaper cuts of meat and make them great. I’m a firm believer in not spending a lot of money if I don’t have to… (is that just being cheap?) Whatever! Top round is a nice, cheap cut that tastes and works best when sliced crazy-thin. (Just freeze beef for around 30 mins before slicing.)
We all have our own favorite Chinese takeout items. Maybe you have a specific order that you used to (or still do!) get every single time! Since my usual order was always broccoli in brown sauce, broccoli-slathered-in-sauce just NEEDED to happen. Maybe beef and broccoli… No, no… ORANGE beef and broccoli. I even thought of adding five spice into that, but, had to pull in the reigns and “whoa, nelly” myself. Chiiillllllll. LESS IS MORE, BB.
And so it began… and with 2 shakes, a zoobyzoobyzoo, and about 15 minutes later, I had a meal. Way less than the 45-60 minutes I’ve waited on a delivery person with the reward of a hot, fresh, and did I mention, EASY meal. HOT DIGGITY DOG!
- ¾ to 1 lb. top round beef, sirloin, or flank steak, VERY thinly sliced (freeze for 30 mins before slicing)
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour
- 2 to 2-1/2 heaping cups fresh broccoli florets, blanched
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- zest of 1 orange
- ½ cup beef broth
- ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar (honey/maple syrup works, too)
- 2-3 tbsp coconut aminos OR GF tamari soy sauce
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tbsp olive oil/ghee
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Blanch fresh broccoli florets in a pot of boiling salt water for 2 mins. Remove with slotted spoon into bowl of salted ice water. Drain onto paper towels & set aside.
- Sprinkle sliced beef with a hefty pinch of salt & pepper, then, toss in tapioca flour until evenly coated. Set aside.
- Heat oil/ghee in large skillet over med heat and sauté sliced onion with a good pinch of salt & pepper until soft - about 7 mins. Mix in garlic & ginger and turn heat up to med high.
- Immediately add beef & remaining ingredients (beef broth, orange juice, sweetener, aminos/soy sauce & red pepper flakes) and bring to a boil.
- Boil, constantly stirring, until sauce has reduced & thickened, about 5 mins total, then, serve with or without rice.