Chinese food at home

Like other fast food, Chinese take-out can be loaded in sodium, fat, and other unhealthy ingredients, but you don’t have to resort to a restaurant to fulfill your craving.

You can quickly make great, healthier Chinese food at home. Here is a recipe for garlic beef with green beans that requires no frying at all from


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds sirloin/top round/filet/ or flank steak
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound greenbeans, cleaned and de-stemmed
  • 1/4 cup water


For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/3 cup water

Slice your beef into long, thin strips. Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large saute pan over high heat and add in your beef.

Cook for 3-5 minutes, until almost completely cooked (It can still be a little pink as it will continue to cook in the sauce later.)

Remove with a slotted spatula onto a plate with paper towels so the juices drain.

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of juices out of your pan and add the diced onion.

Cook for five minutes over medium-high heat until softened, then add in the cleaned and de-stemmed green beans.

Add in 1/4 cup of water, if needed (just enough so the beans can steam), and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently.

While you cook the onions and green beans, heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat, then add in your minced garlic.

Cook for 3 minutes, until fragrant, then add in the rest of the sauce ingredients.

Stir to combine, then cook over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes until bubbling and slightly thickened.

Add the sauce to the pan with the onions and green beans and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes or until thickened a bit more.

Add in the beef and cook for about another 3 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice or more vegetables.