Beef and Green Beans

Tonight I bring you another easy, fresh, week night, go-to dinner!  If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may recall that I find it incredibly gratifying to prepare meals that have the flavors of takeout that I am drawn to, yet are healthy, fresh, and not loaded with MSG, unhealthy oils, and unknown ingredients.  My husband’s favorite Chinese food takeout is beef and broccoli. He orders it every single time. This recipe is very similar in taste to beef and broccoli yet the fresh garlic and ginger really bump up the flavor. Serve over brown rice and it is a delicious and filling week night dinner. We enjoyed every bite!


  • Flank steak is a reasonably priced piece of meat that cooks up quickly. Don’t forget to season both sides with salt and pepper prior to cooking.
  • Red pepper flakes add a hefty kick of spice. Add less or more depending on your preferences. Start with less–you can always add more!
  • Fresh garlic and fresh ginger are “superfoods.” I try to incorporate them into week night meals whenever possible.

If you like these types of meals you may also enjoy:

Beef and Green Beans:

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • a few glugs of cooking oil (olive or vegetable are fine)
  • 1 pound fresh green beans rinsed, trimmed, and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb. flank steak, seasoned with salt and pepper and thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 scallions thinly sliced

{If you wish to serve over brown rice, prepare rice according to package directions and set aside.}

Whisk together first five ingredients. Set aside.

Heat a glug of oil in a large skillet over high heat.  Add green beans and cook until they are tender but still crisp.  Move beans to a bowl and set aside.

Heat two more glugs of oil in the empty skillet. Add steak slices and cook until brown.

Add beans back to pan and then add water chestnuts, garlic, and ginger. Toss to combine all ingredients. Add hoisin sauce mixture. Toss again to coat. Be sure sauce and vegetables are heated through. Serve over prepared brown rice. Garnish with scallion. Serve immediately.


Inspired by America’s Test Kitchen 30 minute Suppers, Summer 2011.


2 Responses

  1. I love healthier meals of takeout favorites! Chinese food is the only thing I hate delivery of (not because I hate Chinese food but because the quality is so poor) so it’s a great one to make at home… especially since it’s quick and easy 🙂

    • I wholeheartedly agree, Elina! I love the flavor potential but the number of unknown ingredients and the way I feel after eating Chinese take out are major deterrents!

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