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Lighter Mongolian Beef Bowl

Prep: 15 min
Cook: 20 min
Total: 35 min


Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

  • spray avocado oil
  • 1 small green cabbage, cored and thinly shred
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced into half moons
  •  2 lb lean flank steak or striploin steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cracked pepper
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • Sauce
    •  1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown, raw cane, honey, agave)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Garnish
    • green onions


Step 1

Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Also, if you have not prepped your veggies or meat, this is the time to do it.

ideaPro-tip: to achieve perfect, thinly cut strips of beef, freeze the beef for 1 hour so that it is semi-hard.  It will be easier to cut that way.

Step 2

Set a cast iron griddle or large pan on medium high heat. Once hot, spray with oil then add the cabbage, onions and carrots.  Toss together using tongs and continue to toss until the veggies begin to have sear marks, about 3 minutes.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Step 3

Remove the veggies from the pan and increase the heat to high.  Once hot, spray again with oil then add the beef.  Sprinkle cracked pepper over the meat and allow to sear for 2 minutes untouched.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Step 4

The add the bean sprouts and toss together for 1 minute.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Step 5

Reduce the heat to medium, then add the veggies to the pan.  Note: if the pan is still too hot, then remove it from the heat and let it cooldown to medium heat.  Once the pan is closer to medium heat, toss everything together for a minute then make a hole in the middle of the pan.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Step 6

Pour the sauce in the middle of the pan.   Once the sauce starts to turn shiny and bubble, turn off the heat and stir immediately and continuously, tossing the veggies and beef in the sauce.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Step 7

Garnish and enjoy while hot over brown rice or cauliflower rice depending on your dietary preferences.

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl

Remember to make this dish your own so it complements your dietary preferences and tastebuds.

So, add red pepper flakes or chili oil if you want something spicier! Add a bit of acidity by splashing with rice vinegar or fresh lime! Not a fan of green onion, try torn (Thai) basil or cilantro!

Light Mongolian Beef Bowl