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Vegetarian and Dairy-Free Chinese-Style "Beef" and Broccoli

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Leah is a follower of the 21 Day Fix. She works in mental health.

A plated serving of vegetarian beef and broccoli over cauliflower rice

A plated serving of vegetarian beef and broccoli over cauliflower rice

Meatless Meal Option: Healthy Chinese

My family loves Chinese food—I guess we're the typical New York Jewish family. However, there's a lot I don't love about ordering Chinese food: the sodium, the MSG, the oil, the sugar, the fact that I'm ravenous shortly after eating, and most importantly, the fact that the meals aren't kosher!

So what's a girl to do? I got creative. I came across a kosher, meatless alternative with clean ingredients at my local supermarket. I bought it, and that got my wheels turning. I've used meatless ground beef substitute before, but I had never meatless beef tips. I had this stuff called "beefless tips" by Gardein in my freezer along with a bunch of frozen steamer-bags of broccoli. Between work and spending time with relatives visiting from Florida, it was a long day. I didn't feel like cooking, and it hit me! I should make Chinese-style "beef" and broccoli. It came out so good, I just had to share.

This meal works for vegetarians, those who are dairy-free, individuals on Weight Watchers, and those following the 21-Day Fix.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

15 min

17 min

4 servings

Recipe Notes

I used two steamer-bags of frozen broccoli. The beefless tips are frozen and don't need to be defrosted. I served my meal over cauliflower rice (also frozen steamer bags), but you could use regular white or brown rice. If you're in a hurry, your local supermarket most likely has frozen rice in steamer bags as well. Those things are a lifesaver!

This is the actual package of beefless tips I used.

This is the actual package of beefless tips I used.


  • 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  • 2 packages (12 oz each) broccoli florets, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch, you can substitute 2T of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water, cold
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos, tamari sauce, or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish, optional
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice, or regular rice


  1. Microwave each package of frozen broccoli separately, according to the directions on the package. Alternately, you can steam them on the stove, but that takes much longer.
  2. Microwave the cauliflower rice according to the instructions on the package. This can also be done on the stove but will add to your cook time.
  3. While waiting for the microwave packages to finish, take the cold water and place it in a small mixing bowl. Slowly add the potato starch (or cornstarch) to the water while stirring with a fork. Mix it until there are no more lumps. You must use cold water, or it will create little gelatinous globs that aren't very enjoyable to eat.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the coconut aminos, honey, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix well. Give the potato starch another mix to ensure that there are no more lumps. Add it to the medium bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Put the olive oil in a large skillet, and cook the beefless tips over medium-low heat for about 5–7 minutes, turning to ensure that they are heated evenly.
  6. Pour both packages of broccoli into the skillet with the beefless tips and add the sauce. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken. Stir to cover the beefless tips and broccoli with sauce.
  7. Put a cup of cauliflower rice on your plate, and serve with 1/4 of the beefless tips and broccoli. Top with a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes and sesame seeds (if desired).

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