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296
Calories 
17g
Carbs 
10g
Fat 
35g
Protein 
6
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(7 PointsPlus®)

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Healthy Korean Ground Beef with Vegetables made with lean ground beef, a sweet and spicy Korean sauce, and plenty of vegetables makes for a quick and easy healthy dinner.

This meal was our impromptu dinner last week when I stared aimlessly into the fridge after deciding I wasn't in the mood for what I initially planned. You know those nights, when everything is planned for dinner but then 5 o'clock rolls around and that's the last thing you want to eat. Instead of opting for take-out, or cereal (let's be honest), this night I was determined to use at least some of the ingredients to create a different meal that we would all love. That meant utilizing the lean ground beef, a veggie mix that was intended for a big salad, and the brown rice I had precooked earlier in the week.

After staring at everything for a few minutes and doing a quick survey to find out if anyone had any dinner ideas (they didn't), I remembered a simple Korean sauce that I make all the time to marinate protein and knew it would be the perfect thing. It's sweet, savory, and slightly spicy and makes pretty much anything taste good. From there is was a simple matter of adapting things to work for ground beef and giving the veggies a quick saute. When using a sauce like this for ground beef, it's a similar approach to making ground beef tacos. First you brown the meat and drain any excess fat. Then you add the sauce and let's things simmer. Easy and quick.

So now let's talk about serving this Healthy Korean Ground Beef with Vegetables. You can go the traditional route and serve it over white or brown rice. However it is also delicious in lettuce wraps for a lower carb option or served over a bowl of spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice. Now if you want to get really creative, this makes amazing Asian inspired tacos. Fill up warm corn tortillas with the ground beef. Top with either cooked Asian veggies (like in the recipe) or a fresh slaw using cabbage, cilantro, green onion, and lime juice. So good. And if you have leftovers, don't be scared to throw this into a quick quesadilla. It may sound weird but it's seriously delicious.

When cooking this Healthy Korean Ground Beef with Vegetables, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The sauce for the beef will be on the liquidy side. Personally I like this since I can spoon the extra sauce over the vegetables. However if you want a thicker sauce, stir in a little cornstarch before adding it to the beef. This will thicken up the sauce nicely.
  • Any vegetable combination will work for this recipe. Usually I opt for a bag of mixed Asian veggies but you could choose any single vegetable or an assortment of your favorites. Consider using broccoli, green beans, bok choy, or even Brussel sprouts.
  • If you don't like things spicy, leave out the Asian garlic chili paste, and let people add their own afterwards. You can also substitute the sambal olek for Sriracha or some red pepper flakes depending on what you have on hand.
  • This recipe will work great with ground turkey, ground chicken, ground pork, or ground bison so use whatever you have on hand or prefer. It also works with vegetarian crumbles.
  • If you fall in love with the sauce, which you will, it can be used for marinating just about any type of meat. We use it all the time for chicken, steak, and pork.

Looking for more healthy Asian recipes?

Here are some of the products and tools I used for this recipe:

  • I am in love with this pan that I used to prepare this dish but you could use any heavy bottomed pan or cast iron.
  • Low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos: When it comes to soy sauce, I always opt for low sodium soy sauce and many times use coconut aminos instead which have lower sodium and are gluten free.
  • Sambel olek: When it comes to Asian hot sauce, I switch between Sriracha and Sambal Olek, a thicker chili paste flecked with garlic. I can't decide which I like better, but I love the garlic flavor in the sambel olek
Prep Time

Healthy Korean Ground Beef with Vegetables

9
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Ingredients

4
  • 3 cups mixed Asian vegetables
  • 2 tbsp water (more if needed)
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (GF if needed)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar (or honey, agave, Stevia to taste)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Asian garlic chili paste (like sambal olek or Sriracha)
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1.33 lbs. 95% lean ground beef

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
6 oz. beef and 3/4 cup vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296
Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Cholesterol 94mg
31%
Sodium 724mg
31%
Total Carbohydrate 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 10g
Protein 35g

Directions

  1. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add the Asian vegetables and water. Cover and cook 3-4 minutes until tender crisp. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables. If vegetables begin to stick or burn, add a touch more water. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan. Cook, breaking it up as you go, until it is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili paste, garlic, and ginger. Add to the cooked ground beef and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the vegetables or serve them on the side, scooping some of the extra sauce on top.
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