Who says you can’t enjoy takeaway food when watching your weight? Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce from Justine Pattison is a pretty authentic ‘fakeaway’ which is only 225 calories per serving. With the addition of a small portion of rice, you’re looking at 400 calories all in, perfect for keeping your diet on track!
Recipe: Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce
Calories: 225 per serving (without rice)
Book: Justine Pattison: Without the Calories – Takeaway Favourites
Prep time: Approx 15 mins
Cooking time: Approx 20 mins
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
- 120g sachet black bean sauce
- 100ml cold water
- 400g rump or sirloin steak
- 2-3 tsp sunflower oil
- 1 medium onion (cut into 12 wedges)
- 2 green peppers (deseeded and cut into 3cm chunks)
- 2 garlic cloves (very thinly sliced)
- 20g chunk fresh root ginger (peeled and very thinly sliced)
- Flaked sea salt
- Ground black pepper
Cost per portion: Approx £2.53 (without rice)
Mix the cornflour with the mirin or sherry in a small bowl until smooth, then stir in the black bean sauce and water. Put to one side. Trim the beef of all hard fat and cut into 5cm-wide strips. Season the beef well with a little salt and lots of black pepper.
Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok over a high heat and stir-fry the beef in two batches until well browned, adding a tiny splash more oil between batches if needed. Each batch will take about 3 minutes over a high heat. Transfer the beef to a plate each time a batch is ready.
Return the pan to the heat, add another teaspoon of oil and stir fry the onion and peppers for 4 minutes, or until well softened and lightly coloured, then add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute more. Return the meat to the pan, pour over the reserved sauce and stir-fry together for 2-3 minutes or until the beef is hot and glossy.