Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Weight Watchers Recipe: Taste Tested, Husband Approved

We liked it better than take out and you can always just sub-out chicken, different veggies, etc.  I'm making a mushroom chicken version tonight.

Sesame Beef Stir-Fry

1 pound(s) asparagus, fresh, tough ends trimmed
3/4 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
16 oz lean beef round, top, or 1 pound, trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 2 x 1⁄8-inch strips
1 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, peeled and minced
2 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Cut off the asparagus tips and put in a medium bowl. Cut the asparagus spears on a long diagonal into 1⁄8-inch-thick slices; add to the asparagus tips. Combine the broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a cup. Heat a nonstick wok or large deep skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Swirl in the oil, then add the beef. Stir-fry until just cooked through, 3–4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the asparagus, ginger, and garlic to the wok; stir-fry until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Return the beef with any accumulated juices to the wok. Add the broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Transfer the beef and asparagus to a platter, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Add the asparagus, ginger, and garlic to the wok; stir-fry until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Return the beef with any accumulated juices to the wok. Add the broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Transfer the beef and asparagus to a platter, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Yields 1 1/4 cups per serving.

For an extra 2 POINTS, serve each portion with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.

Toasting sesame seeds brings out their nuttiness and turns them a lovely deep golden brown. Cook them over medium heat in a small skillet, tossing them often, until they begin to look shiny and just turn color. Be sure to transfer them to a plate: they will continue to darken if left in the skillet.

2 comments:

simpledaisy said...

Sounds yummy!! And "weigh" to go on your weight loss!!!!

simpledaisy said...

Sounds yummy!! And "weigh" to go on your weight loss!!!!