Spicy Mongolian Beef Fake Away

Who doesn’t love a take away at the weekend?  The only downside for me is not always knowing what’s gone in to the dish.  So, I’m always on the search for little healthy hacks which I can recreate recipes at home, add a healthy little tweak and enjoy what feels like a real indulgence, but actually is just a really tasty, healthy meal!  Have a go and see what you think.  Personally I think this is incredible!!!


500g lean diced beef
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp Chinese five spice
Oil of your choice – I used coconut
1 tsp chilli flakes in chilli oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, minced
2 small white onions, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
100ml reduced salt soy sauce
100ml rice vinegar
100ml water
40g dark brown sugar


Pop the flour and five spice in a plastic bag, add the beef and shake about to season.  Heat the oil until very hot, add the beef and brown off for 5-6 minutes.  Set aside on kitchen roll to drain.

In the hot, seasoned pan add your garlic and ginger and stir fry for 30secs – don’t let them scorch.  Mix your soy, rice vinegar and water together and add to the pan.  Add the sugar bit by bit until it melts in to the sauce.  Stir around then add the chilli, peppers and onions.  Bring to a simmer, add the beef and then turn the heat right down and allow to simmer very gently for around 45 minutes.  If the sauce needs thickening, add in a little cornflour.

I served mine with some steamed basmati rice and a side of steamed broccoli for some extra veggies.  I can honestly say, this was better than any take away I’ve ever had and half the calories!

You could use quorn, tofu or squash for a veggie alterative.

Have a go and let me know if this felt like a treat to you too!


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