Beef with Pea Pods and Rice
Chinese Recipe for Weight-Loss Diet

Beef with Pea Pods and Rice

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Recipe's Ingredients

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1 Pound Beef Steak boneless sirloin
1 Clove Garlic
1 Cup Rice Cooked (Recipe below)
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
2/3 Cup Beef Broth
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Water
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Ginger Root Finely chopped OR use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Package Frozen Snow (Chinese) Pea Pods 6 ounce (thawed)
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Dash Pepper
1 Cup Uncooked regular long-grain White Rice
2 Cups Water
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger Instead of finely chopped Gingerroot

Nutritional information

Saturated Fat

Chinese Beef with Pea Pods and Rice Recipe is a tasty meal to serve at dinner or lunch, and can be prepared also if you are on a weight-loss diet.

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The most popular varieties of pea are snow peas, snap peas and sugar peas.

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Steps for Beef with Pea Pods and Rice

5 Minutes

Prepare the Beef

Cut and discard most of the fat from the beef. Cut the beef with the grain into 2-inch strips, then cut the strips across the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Peel and finely chop the garlic.

25 Minutes

Cook the Rice

Prepare Hot Cooked Rice. Heat the rice and water to boiling in the saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce heat just enough so mixture bubbles gently. Cover and cook about 15 minutes or until rice is fluffy and tender.

While the rice is cooking, continue with the recipe.

6 Minutes

Add the beef and garlic to the skillet

Heat the skillet over high heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil to the hot skillet. If using a wok, rotate it to coat the side with oil. Add the beef and garlic to the skillet. Stir-fry with a turner or large spoon about 3 minutes, lifting and stirring constantly, until beef is brown.

4 Minutes

Sprinkle salt and pepper over beef

Sprinkle salt and pepper over beef, and stir in the broth. Heat to boiling over high heat.

4 Minutes

Mix the other Ingredients

Mix the cornstarch, water and soy sauce, and stir into the beef mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and boils. Continue boiling 1 minute, stirring constantly. The sauce will be thin.

2 Minutes

Stir in the gingerroot and pea pods

Stir in the gingerroot and pea pods. Cook uncovered about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until the pea pods are crisp-tender when pierced with a fork. Serve over rice.

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Beef with Pea Pods and Rice Recipe is the divine dish that can make you an awesome cook, not just a simple housewife. The recipe is simple, but the combination of boneless beef sirloin steak, pea pods, and rice can create a tasty dish. Don’t be fooled by this simple recipe with simple ingredients, the taste is pure divine!

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About the Beef with Pea Pods and Rice Recipe

To be sincere, in my opinion, this recipe requires more preparation than cooking. When I first have done it, it looked so simple for me I didn’t want to cook it, and I bet you feel the same. But my friend insisted to make this dish. He said I’ll be amazed about its taste. Well, he was right! As simple as it sounds, the few ingredients you need can be found in your freezer. Beef with Pea Pods and Rice can be made with 1 pound beef boneless sirloin steak, 1 clove garlic, hot cooked rice (recipe within steps), 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2/3 cup beef broth, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root (or you can use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger instead), 1 (6 ounces) package frozen snow (Chinese) pea pods – thawed, and uncooked regular long-grain white rice. I usually have a full week with beef as the main ingredient and this recipe comes after the Hawaiian Marinated Beef Steak BBQ, being lighter and simpler. As Essential Equipment, you can use a 2-quart saucepan and 10-inch skillet or wok.




Variation: Lighter Beef with Pea Pods

For 4 grams of fat and 320 calories per serving, omit the oil and use a nonstick skillet or wok. Spray the room-temperature skillet or wok with cooking spray before heating in Step 3. This will ensure a lighter dish with fewer calories and fat. Please note that the taste will be a bit different.




A few Tips:

  1. For easy preparation, place beef in the freezer for 1 hour before slicing; it will be easier to slice when partially frozen.
  2. For more flavor, use any leftover beef broth to replace part of the water used for cooking the rice.
  3. Place frozen pea pods in a strainer, then run cold water over them until the pea pods can be separated easily.
  4. For quicker preparation, use 10-minutes rice. It will save 10 to 15 minutes of time.




Can I freeze or refrigerate the Beef with Pea Pods and Rice

Yes, it can be kept frozen or refrigerated. But I like my rice cooked and served immediately, therefore, If you want to serve it after a few days or months, make all the steps without rice. To freeze it, place the beef and peapods in a plastic bag for one serving each and keep it up to 2 and a half months. For refrigerating the dish, it can be kept up to 5 days, but if you prepared also the rice, I recommend only 3 days.




Can I eat Beef with Pea Pods if I want to lose weight?

If you want to lose weight very fast eat more salads, but if you want to follow a diet with more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, Chinese beef with pea pods and rice is great for this type of program. It is not only good for weight-loss, but it also has a very good taste and can be prepared for dinner with friends.


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Susan Dale

Hello there, I’m Susan Dale | Mother, Wife, Cook, Entrepreneur |. I do not remember exactly when I started to cook, but now I cannot imagine life without the magic of this wonderful art. I hope you will enjoy my recipes written in a modern cooking style.

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