Macro Friendly Beef and Broccoli

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Macro Friendly Beef and Broccoli

Tender beef in a savory sauce with lots of broccoli! After tons of research, I realized that marinating the beef in a baking soda mixture was KEY to giving your beef that soft and tender texture they have at the Chinese Restaurants. And, be sure to find bottom round steak! It's lean (4.5 grams of fat per 4 oz portion). I found mine already sliced thin, I just had to then cut into strips.
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1.5 pounds bottom round steak, thinly sliced found at super walmart

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

For the Sauce:

For Frying:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic I ended up adding four cloves of garlic because I really like garlic, but this is up to you!


Marinate the Beef

  • Place beef into the freezer for 15 minutes. This is an optional step that will help you cut it a little easier. While beef is freezing, stir all ingredients for marinating liquid together. Remove meat from freezer and cut into thin strips across the grain. Toss in marinating liquid and set aside for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Steam Broccoli

  • Prep your broccoli by cutting into florets and steaming until crisp tender. You can do this on the stove with a steamer basket or arrange on a large microwave safe dinner plate, add 1/4 cup cold water, cover with plastic wrap leaving a portion open and not tucked to vent and microwave 2-3 minutes or until steamed to your liking.

Make Sauce

  • In a liquid measuring cup, stir chicken broth together with soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.

Stir Fry

  • Heat a large wok or nonstick skillet over medium high heat to high heat. Add vegetable oil and garlic and cook 20 to 30 seconds. Add in beef, marinade and all and cook until browned and almost thoroughly cooked. A little pink here and there is fine. Add in steamed broccoli (drain if necessary before adding to the pan) and sauce. Cook another 2-3 minutes and serve with rice.


The more accurate macros for 1 serving (1/6th of this recipe) are as follows: 214 calories, 7g F/8.1g C/29.1g P. Log any steamed rice separately.  


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian

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