Asian Beef and Broccoli with Noodles

With a quick prep time and a minimal amount of ingredients, this recipe is much lower in fat and calories than the classic restaurant take-out version.

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes

1 pound beef top round steak, 1 inch thick
2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
6 ounces Oriental flavored ramen noodles
2 cups water
1 teaspoon fresh orange peel, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 pounds fresh broccoli florets
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Combine seasoning from ramen noodles and cornstarch with a fourth of the water in large bowl. Add beef; toss.

Heat half the oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Stir-fry broccoli and carrots for 1 minute. Add noodles and remaining water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.

3. Heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Stir-fry 1/2 of beef 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. Repeat with remaining beef. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with orange rind.

Courtesy of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association