I’ve been staring at my The Best of Clean Eating cookbook for a bit now, and while several recipes looked good, I hadn’t made anything from it. Paging through, a simple-looking Beef & Broccoli Orange Stir-Fry caught my eye.

Easy Orange Stir-Fry

Because I don’t care for broccoli (I hear that makes me a weirdo), I swapped out fresh green beans which I love! And because I already had tenderized pork steaks in the freezer, I swapped those for the steak. I made a few other tweaks to the original recipe to accommodate what I had on hand, but I don’t think they affected the flavor.

Because I didn’t think to look for reviews online, I didn’t know how good the dish would be. I cut back the meat to 1/2 pound, but used the called-for amounts of the rest of the ingredients. I really liked the flavor of the sauce, and The Pretty One and I ate it up! I wonder, though, how it would have been if I’d used the whole pound of meat, the soba noodles, and added the flour to the sauce. I don’t think it would have been a very successful dish because there was very little extra sauce even without those ingredients. That might be OK with you, but I like a lot of sauce to flavor the rice or noodles.

Next time I will use the whole pound of meat, quadruple the sauce, and maybe squeeze a fresh orange on top. I’ve adjusted the recipe to reflect that, so keep that in mind when you try this out. Click for recipe.

Happy & healthy eating!

Easy Orange Stir-FryEasy Orange Stir-Fry

Adapted from Clean Eating Magazine’s Beef & Broccoli Orange Stir-Fry (Original Recipe & Reviews)

Minutes to Prepare: 30

Minutes to Cook: 15

Number of Servings: 4

Stuff you need:

Olive oil cooking spray

1 pound pork steak or pork tenderloin, lean round steak, or boneless chicken, pounded to 1/4 inch thick and sliced thin in strips

1/2 cup white onion, diced

2 cups fresh green beans, broccoli florets, cauliflower, or a combination, separated/cut into bite size pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, julienne cut

¾ cup low sodium tamari soy sauce

3/4 cup orange juice or juice of 4 medium oranges

¼ cup dried orange zest or zest from 4 medium oranges. [If using dried zest, rub between hands while dropping it into the bowl to bring out the oils.]

8 cloves garlic, minced or 1 Tablespoon minced garlic from the jar [You can find this in the produce section.]

3 Tablespoons honey

3 Tablespoons whole wheat flour (optional) [Use some or all if you want a thicker sauce. You can use all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour.]

1 fresh orange [Optional]

Prepared rice or noodles

Now what?

Heat large nonstick skillet over high heat for 1 min. Reduce heat to medium-high, mist pan with cooking spray and saute meat for about 2-3 minutes to desired doneness. Remove meat, leaving juices in the pan.

Mist same pan again with cooking spray. Add onion, green beans and pepper and sauté over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until cooked through. [Green beans may not take 5 minutes, so keep an eye on them.]

In a medium bowl whisk together soy sauce, orange juice, zest, garlic and honey.

Add meat back into vegetable mixture and pour in soy sauce mixture. Sauté over medium high heat for about 2 minutes then whisk in flour to thicken [if using], about 4-6 min. squeeze fresh orange over mixture, remove from heat and serve over rice or noodles.