- 2 tablespoons heat stable oil (I used my half and half of EVOO and lite olive)
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 2″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice (See my note below)
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 heavy pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½-1 head cabbage, very thinly sliced into strips (1/2 large or 1 small)
- 4-5 carrots, peeled and sliced very thinly on the bias
- 1 red pepper, sliced very thinly
- 4-5 scallions, greens and some of the white thinly sliced on the bias
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 11/2 tablespoon chopped mint (I omitted – don’t like mint!)
- 1½ teaspoons white sesame seeds (optional)
- 1 lime, cut into 8ths (for serving)
- Hot sauce (such as siracha) for serving, if desired
- Additional cilantro, scallions, and mint for serving if desired
NOTE: My Food Lion didn’t have Five Spice. So after going back and forth to the Hispanic section and checking out Five Spice recipes on my phone (thank God for smart phones!), I got 4 of the 5 ingredients and made my own. My grocery also doesn’t carry fennel seeds. So this is a bonus recipe!
2 tbps peppercorns
2 tbsp star anise
2 tbsp fennel seeds (if you have them!)
2 tbsp whole cloves (I used ground, and used about 1 1/2 tbsp)
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
RP Servings: The recipe says 3-4, but we’d say 6 with no problem, unless you had all teenage boys or men who’d worked out recently! It makes a lot of food.
RATING: 4.5 stars
This is, so far, our favorite Pinterest recipe (the mushrooms aren’t far behind). My husband LOVED it – he had 3 servings!! We both preferred it without the lime, and with a little siracha mixed in. This is definitely a keeper!
I’m not sure this is Chinese… It tasted more Moroccan with the Five Spice. But it’s super healthy, easy, and delicious!