Last Thursday we all went to Barnes and Noble to browse books. While I almost walked away with the new book from Spark People, I decided against it. I stumbled upon the book Crock Pot the Original Slow Cooker Comfort Food Diet Cookbook.
I am still trying to eat healthy (most of the time….ha!)
There are a lot of great slow cooker recipes and bright colorful photos that appealed to me so I bought it. This Asian Beef with Mandarin Orange dish is one of those recipes. I’ve also tried the Smoked Sausage and Bean Soup and the Barley Beef Stroganoff (This one wasn’t so great.)
I suggest increasing the cornstarch to make this a tad thicker, otherwise this was a very good “set-it-and-forget-it” meal for one of those “no-time-to-cook” days.
Asian Beef with Mandarin Oranges
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 pounds lean boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch strips
- 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 1 small green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 package (about 3 ounces) shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 head (about 5 ounces) bok choy, cleaned and chopped
- 1 can (5 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved
- 2 cups 99% fat-free beef broth
- 6 cups streamed rice
1. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, in batches if necessary, and cook, turning to brown all sides. Transfer beef to Crock-Pot slow cooker as it is browned.
2. Add onion to same skillet. Stir over medium heat until softened. Next, add soy sauce, salt, ginger, green pepper, mushrooms, bok choy and water chestnuts, and cook until bock choy is wilted, about 5 minutes. Spoon mixture over beef.
3. Whisk together cornstarch and reserved mandarin orange syrup in medium bowl. Stir in beef broth and pour over ingredients in Crock-Pot slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low 10 hours or high 5 to 6 hours, or until beef is tender.
4. Stir in mandarin oranges. Spoon steamed rice into shallow serving bowl and spoon beef over rice.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition Information – Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups, Calories 409, Total Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Protein 29 g, Carbohydrate 47 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sodium 717 mg
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