Healthy Mongolian Ground Beef

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This recipe for Healthy Mongolian Ground Beef tastes just like your take-out favorite and only has 250 calories per serving.

Last week I decided I really wanted to make Mongolian Beef at home since it has long been one of my favorite Asian take-out staples. Then a funny thing happened, I realized I had absolutely no idea what actually was in Mongolian Beef outside of the beef and green onions. And that got me thinking about how I rarely actually know what goes into making so many of the Asian dishes that I love. I mean there is almost always soy sauce and many times rice vinegar, but I would be hard pressed to explain what is in lots of Asian dishes. I just know what I like and what I don't like.

So I set off to find out what made Mongolian beef so yummy. Turns out, like many Asian dishes, it actually isn't too complicated. Traditionally it is made with a soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, a touch of chili paste, and then some combination of hoisin sauce or oyster sauce. Then traditionally the thin slices of flank steak are coated in cornstarch and flash fried in oil in a wok. Yummy but not so healthy since that requires quite a bit of oil. So instead, I like to make my Mongolian Beef with ground beef instead since it is easier, more affordable, and doesn't require a quick cooking wok. It's still got all the flavors you love in Mongolian Beef but has about half as many calories.

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Healthy Mongolian Ground Beef

Healthy Mongolian Ground Beef

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Mix together the first eight ingredients to create the sauce.


Heat the skillet over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add the beef and cook for 7-9 minutes until cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks. Add the green onions and sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes until sauce thickens and green onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Top with additional fresh green onions if desired.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 94mg
Sodium 653mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Protein 34g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Melissa King
January 30, 2020 - 14:40
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Just finished dinner. Loved this recipe. Whips up easy. Served with brown rice and cole slaw mix. Yum the sweet and hot combo!
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Andy Olcott
May 1, 2017 - 11:34
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I made this with sirloin tip steaks. They came out a little tough. Not as tender as I would have liked. I cut them into strips about 1/8 or so wide. Next time I will partially freeze the beef and cut them even thinner. The flavor was great. My wife and 10 year-old son liked it. I served it over brown rice. We will make it again! Thanks.
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Robert Pike
June 16, 2016 - 16:24
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Easy and AWESOME! Served it over butter lettuce and ate it "taco-style."
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