Makes 6 servings


2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided

1 16 ounce sirloin steak, sliced thinly

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons vinegar (white, white wine, or apple cider)

1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half

2 medium red peppers, cored and sliced

into strips

2 cups cooked q'uinoa or rice   (1 cup uncooked)


1. Combine sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Following package instructions, prepare quinoa or rice and set aside until ready to serve.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Thinly slice steak and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add steak to pan and cook 5 minutes, or until browned, stirring occasionally. (Do not overcook. The beef goes back in the pan for another minute with the vegetables.) Remove steak from pan and do not clean the pan.

4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, green beans, and peppers to pan, cover, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove cover and add soy sauce mixture.

5. Cook for 6 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp-tender and liquid reduces by half. Return beef to the pan and cook for one minute.

6. Divide quinoa or rice evenly among six plates and top with beef mixture. Serve hot.

Per serving: 385 calories, 11 grams fat, 20 grams protein, 45 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 12 grams sugar, 48 milligrams cholesterol, 538 milligrams sodium.