{Light} Orange Beef and Broccoli

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Beef reminds me of my Grandpa.

And Grandpa reminds me of the tour-de-Grandpa’s-old-farms that we did last summer after he passed away, which reminds me of cornfields, sunsets, and hanging off the back of trucks while driving down dirt roads. And by hanging off the back of trucks, I mean hanging off the back of a minivan. But still. Grandpa would have been proud of all of us farm peeps.

Grandpa also would have been so proud to meet his newest great granddaughter last week.

Just a few days ago, my cousin and his wife delivered their sweet pea at only 26 weeks. She only weighed 2 lbs. Two. Like, one, two. She is precious and sweet and miraculous.

Light and Healthy Orange Beef and Broccoli

I wish I could feed her some of this beef because it makes me nervous that she only weighs 2 lbs, but I think we’ll have to wait on that one. She’s a fighter so I think she’ll do fine with or without the beef.

Me, on the other hand? I do need that beef.

I can’t fight through my week without it. I just, I just… it’s just too much.

I could use a little inspiration from my new, um, cousin’s baby. What do you call that? Second cousin? First cousin once removed? Cutie pie baby relative through marriage? Wait, though, I don’t think it’s through marriage.

Lalalalalala. Beef is making me crazy.

This orange beef and broccoli is going to knock your socks off for three reasons, and here they are:

  1. Can you say easyeasyeasy? It’s easy.
  2. According to Grandpa, it’s healthy. (But really, it kinda is.)
  3. It’s deliciously, saucily orangey in a salty-sweet way.

Tasty Orange Beef and Broccoli

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{Light} Orange Beef and Broccoli
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Serves: 4
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • ⅓ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 lb. flank steak, very thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 head broccoli, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients, whisking until the cornstarch is dissolved. Boil the broccoli for just a few minutes, until tender crisp. The broccoli will cook a little more once you add it in with the sauce, so make sure not to boil it for too long.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the steak and garlic, draining off extra fat after a few minutes. Flip the pieces until each piece is cooked through and the meat is browned.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and stir for 1 minute until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in broccoli. Serve over rice and garnish with orange zest and/or scallions.


You guys.

I’m not even a beef lover, but I can wrap my head around this. And my heart. And my soul. Amen.

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  1. What a pretty meal! Gorgeous colors and light and love the orange!

  2. Oooo. I can’t wait to try this. My fam loves beef AND broccoli. What a great recipe for us!! Congrats on that new tiny babe. I’ll keep her in my heart and say some prayers!!

  3. This looks so good! I’m drooling. It looks exactly like takeout and I’m positive your version is better and healthier. I am bookmarking this to make sometime :) I love chinese takeout when it’s made at home!

    • I haven’t really made much in the way of Chinese takeout at home because, well, let’s face it: I usually like takeout better. But a non-grease-soaked beef dish can be nice for a change! :)

  4. Love the bright, fresh flavours of this!

  5. Considering I just made healthy orange chicken, you know I’m making this. the calorie count is phenom!

  6. Figuring out family relationships makes my head spin too. When in doubt I just call them all cousins.
    I’m not a beef fan, but my husband and daughter are, they’ll go nuts for this!!! Can’t wait to make it for them.

  7. modernworkinggirl says:

    Mmm…and the color of that broccoli looks AMAZING.

    • Ha! Thanks. I almost always overcook broccoli (cause I’m not watching closely enough) but I knew it had to be under-done for this one to keep the color bright and fresh!

  8. Ok, gotta give this one a try. My daughter is a meat-a-holic. I mean she loves meat and I am always looking for new ways to spice it up. I also love that it’s served with broccoli as that favorite veggie of my kids.

  9. LOVE that this is a lightened up dish!

  10. This may very well need to be on next week’s meal planning list!! Lovely!

  11. So glad the baby is ok, two is so tiny! I can see why you would want to feed her some beef! And this sounds AMAZING!

  12. What a tiny peanut! I hope your cousin’s baby is ok! I’m sure she’ll be eating this beef in no time (well, maybe like 2 years).

  13. Two pounds!? That is a miracle for sure!!! On another note, this recipe looks like a keeper!

  14. I had no idea the orange beef & broccoli we all love from the Chinese place could be so healthy! Amen to that!

  15. Yummmm! I love how vibrant the orange zest is!

    • I heart orange zest. I actually went overboard and had to take some off for the photo because it was completely covered. Oops. :)

  16. Wow, that looks fantastic. Orange should go in everything. Also, big congratulations on the new cutie pie!

  17. Jeanette Boland says:

    Your recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it.

    But what I really want to tell you is that 12 years ago my son Will was born at 26 and 1/2 weeks….1 pound 15 ounces. Today he runs circles around all of us.

    Best wishes to you and your family. Best of hopes to your the new baby girl in the family. She will amaze and suprise you!


  18. This sounds like a slice of perfection! Great post Lindsay :)

  19. I hope your cousin’s baby makes it through! I wish I can make some cookies or cakes or something for her.

    On another note, this dish looks FABULOUS. I love easy weeknight dinners, particularly Chinese-inspired weeknight dinners. It’s cheaper and so much better than take-out!

    • She is doing well so far and is getting awesome care from family and the staff at Children’s Hospital. Things are looking good! :)

  20. Steph Mork says:

    This looks awesome Lindsay!
    Grandpa would be proud :)

    • Aw, thanks Steph. I have a feeling Grandpa would have liked it better if it was just meat, potatoes, and gravy. But still. :)

  21. Mmm, I AM a beef lover, and orange lover, and a…I’ll stop.

  22. I dont have orange marmalade. Can I leave it out? Sub? Would be trying this tonight :)

    • I would add a little sugar to make up for the sweetness and also more zest and orange juice for extra orange flavor. I think the taste would be similar… Not sure about the thickness of the sauce though. Let me know how it goes for you! :)

  23. Oh this sounds amazing! I’m not eating meat for Lent :-( but I am bookmarking this one for after Easter. Yum!

  24. Absolutely gorgeous! Had to Pin :)

  25. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

  26. This worked really well, thanks! I had a crowd, so I used 1.5 lb of beef and added an orange and yellow pepper. I also used a wok to cook the beef and then the veggies, at the price of a little more oil. Wonderful, colorful, and even the kids has seconds.

  27. Shiloh says:

    Yummy! And I love that you have the nutritional info here!!

  28. Searched for broccoli recipes on Foodgawker and came across this. Looks so tasty it’s going on my menu for next week.

  29. I was wondering if the nutrition information for this recipe also included the additon of the rice or not. My assumption was that it did not, but I thought I’d double check with you.

  30. Ice Cream Magic says:

    Thanks for sharing. The orange flavor seems to complement the tender beef plus the broccoli.

  31. I just discovered your blog and I’m have a wonderful time browsing your recipes! They all sound so fantastic!

  32. Nicole Cortelezzi says:

    Do you think I could use apricot marmalade? Would the flavors mingle alright? I just don’t have orange marmalade on hand… Thanks!

  33. For anyone that hasn’t prepared this dish yet, I have made it several times and it is delicious! Thanks, Lindsay; it’s now one of my go-to recipes. I’m going to try your skinny turkey meatballs next.

  34. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! Thank you for sharing, we’re making it again tonight! Oh and only 7 Weight Watchers Points!

  35. Yum this is so good! I’ll be making this again and again :) thanks!

  36. First of all I would love to say thank you for your lovely inspiring recipes !

    I tried this the other night for dinner and unfortunately I did not love it :( BUT I didn’t mind it – I just found that the orange was a bit over-powering ! So I will try this again and perhaps use just a teaspoon of marmalade and a little less orange juice.


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