about 45 minutes
Orange Ginger Beef with Quinoa
- 1 ¼ lb ground beef
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2” ginger, minced
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 scant tbsp cornstarch
- ¾ tsp chili flakes
- 20 cracks black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, divided
- 1 onion, cubed
- 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 heads baby bok choy, stems separated from the leaves, stems chopped to 1” leaves sliced into ribbons
- 1 c quinoa
Step by Step Instructions
Zest the orange, then juice it. Set the zest aside and pour the juice into a large measuring up. Add the corn starch, sesame oil, honey, garlic, chili flakes, and soy sauce. Whisk to combine then set aside and let the flavors mingle.
Put the quinoa on (2 c water to 1 c quinoa, bring it to a boil then turn down a simmer for about 15 minutes.)
Melt half a tbsp of coconut oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and sauté until the beef is nicely browned then remove the beef to a plate and set aside. If there is excess fat in the pan, drain it before you start the veggies.
Start the veggies when there is 5 min left on the quinoa. Melt the other half a tbsp of coconut oil in the same pan that you cooked the beef in over medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes, and then add the orange zest and sauté 1 minute more, stirring constantly so that the zest does not burn, Add the stems of the bok choy and sauté about 1 minute, then add the sauce and mix well. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a splash of water to thin it down.
At this point, check the quinoa – if the liquid has been absorbed turn off the heat and leave it covered.
Next add the tomatoes to the skillet with the onions, along with the leafy greens from the bok choy, and the beef. Lower the heat and mix well, stirring until the greens have wilted. When the greens have wilted, turn off the heat.
Fluff the quinoa and serve it to the sides of 4 shallow bowls. Serve the orange ginger beef and veggies alongside and sit down to enjoy this spicy treat!
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