Dinner in Under 30 Minutes: Spicy Beef Noodles
February 12, 2009
If you’re looking for a flavorful one-dish meal in under 30 minutes, look no further. This is a recipe I developed for Laura’s Lean Beef, and it’s really simple and has just the right spice of fresh ginger, peanut butter, garlic, low-sodium soy sauce and green onions. With only 330 calories and 10 grams of fat, you can enjoy this Asian beef dish. Feel free to use whole wheat noodles if you choose or even brown rice instead of the noodles and ground turkey or chopped cooked chicken for the beef.
Spicy Beef Noodles
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
1 pound lean ground round
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 cup low-salt, fat-free beef broth
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
8 ounces vermicelli, cooked (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Chopped peanuts (optional)
1. Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned.
2. Add red pepper and next 7 ingredients and sauté 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Toss beef mixture with hot pasta, green onions, sesame seeds and chopped peanuts, if desired. Serve immediately.
Cooking Tip: Texture is the key when purchasing fresh ginger. It should be absolutely solid — not mushy or soft. The skin should be smooth; wrinkled skin is a sign of old ginger.
Cooking Tip: Raw green onions have, in a small number of instances, been connected to food-borne illness. The only reliable way to eliminate this risk is to cook green onions thoroughly. Saute in a skillet for 2 mintues.