This recipe for ginger garlic beef stir fry is a quick and easy way to get a delicious and nutritious meal on the table in just 30 minutes. The beef is packed with protein and nutrients, and the ginger provides a boost of flavor and health benefits.
What Ingredients You Need to Make This Delicious Garlic Ginger Beef Recipe?
The most wonderful thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make, with only a few simple ingredients!
- Ground Beef: For this ginger beef stir fry recipe, I use ground beef and like to use a leaner cut of beef at 93%, but you can also use the 85% kind, but the fat content will increase.
- Ginger: I personally love the fresh ginger in this recipe, but if you don't have any, please use ground ginger. But please don't skip the ginger, as it is the key flavor to this dish.
- Garlic: I highly recommend using fresh garlic in this recipe, but you can substitute with a ½ teaspoon of ground garlic instead.
- Spaghetti Squash: This veggie is the perfect substitute for traditional noodles, while increasing your vitamin and mineral content. Spaghetti squash noodles are a love carb option substitute for regular noodles.
- Dried Dates: I absolutely love dates for their vitamin and mineral content. They add a slight sweet flavor that balances out the spice in this recipe.
- Pine Nuts: The pine nuts add a bit of texture and a buttery, sweet flavor to the dish.
- Red Chili Paste: This ingredient is important for that spicy flavor. I love the Thai Kitchen brand of roasted red chili paste.
- White Onion: I love the gentle taste of a white onion in this recipe. You can finely dice this or even grate it if you or your family doesn't like the taste of onion pieces.
What is Ginger Beef?
Ginger beef stir fry is a dish that originates from Chinese cooking. It is made by browning ground beef with various spices and ingredients, including ginger, garlic, and chili peppers. The dish is often served with rice or noodles.
Why Spaghetti Squash Noodles?
I chose spaghetti squash noodles to increase the fiber, vitamins, and minerals in this dish, while also keeping it lower in carb. Spaghetti squash is a great gluten-free alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. It is my go-to replacement for traditional spaghetti pasta.
If you don't already know this, I have celiac disease. It is important for people who have celiac disease to avoid foods containing gluten. I prefer to reach for naturally gluten-free options over the prepackaged gluten free options that tend to be loaded with unnecessary additives.
Spaghetti squash is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, betacarotene, and fiber. It has a mild flavor that makes it perfect to top with any seasonings or sauces of choice. One cup of cooked spaghetti squash has about 42 calories.
How long Does it Take to Make This Flavor Packed Dish?
It takes about one hour to make this ginger beef recipe dish. This includes the time it takes to prep the ingredients, cook the ground beef, and spaghetti squash. You can easily meal prep this ahead of time.
I like to meal prep the spaghetti squash and ground beef separately, so I can mix and match ingredients throughout the week. This is one of my meal prep hacks to make planning meals easier. Meal prep several protein choices, carbohydrate choices, and fiber rich vegetables. Then throughout the week, simply make sure you add a protein, carb, and veggie to each meal.
Some carbohydrate choices to make ahead are roasted sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, overnight oats, and brown rice. Protein choices can be ground beef, chicken, or turkey, turkey burgers, meatballs, steak, fish, or tofu.
How Easy is it to Make This Ground Beef Ginger Recipe?
This ground beef ginger recipe is so simple to make. If you can brown the beef and cook the spaghetti squash, that's all there is to it. To make things easier, you can also buy prepacked spaghetti squash in your grocery store. All the prep work of shredded the squash into noodles is done for you. You can find spaghetti squash noodles in the produce or freezer section of your grocery store.
What are Some Tips for Making This Favorite Beef Dish?
Some simple and easy tips for making this dish include:
- Use a large skillet to cook the ground beef, because it makes it easy to toss all the ingredients together at the end.
- Simply adding extra ginger and garlic will add a boost for extra flavor.
- Add in extra red chili paste if you like your dishes, extra spicy.
What are Some Possible Health Benefits of This Dish?
Some possible health benefits of this dish include:
- Garlic and ginger in the dish may help boost the immune system.
- The dish is high in protein, which is essential for cell repair and growth.
- The dish is also a good source of iron, which is necessary for carrying oxygen in the blood.
- The spaghetti squash noodles will make this a low carb dish too.
Spicy Garlic Ginger Beef Spaghetti Squash
- Fresh Cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds. Next, rub the squash with one tablespoon of oil. Place the squash cut side down in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish or baking sheet. In addition, add one splash of water. Roast the squash for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- Next, in a nonstick skillet, heat up one tablespoon olive or coconut oil. Cook the onions for 3 minutes. Add in the ground beef and season with a pinch of salt. Break the meat into tiny pieces and cook for a few minutes until the meat is browned and cooked through.
- Next, add the garlic, red chili paste, and fresh ginger. Cook for an additional minute.
- Stir in the spinach, pine nuts and dates. Cook for 30 seconds.
- Finally, scrape out the inside of the squash. The squash will resemble strands of pasta. Place into a medium sized serving bowl. Lastly, toss the ground beef mixture with the spaghetti squash and serve. Top with fresh cilantro.
What are Some Possible Variations of This Dish?
Possible variations of this dish include using chicken or turkey instead of beef. You can also use sliced beef in place of the ground beef.
What are Some Other Serving Suggestions for This Dish?
If you don't like spaghetti, squash noodles or simply want to swap them for another item that you already have, here are a few other ideas to get you started.
- Serve over a bed of rice or gluten-free noodles.
- Serve inside a lettuce or collard green wrap.
- Top with a sprinkle of green onions.
- Serve with a side of steamed vegetables.
- For a more complete meal, add a side salad.
How Should Leftovers Be Stored?
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. When reheating, make sure to thoroughly reheat all the way. Simply place in an airtight freezer safe dish.
Can I Use Leftover Ground Beef in This Recipe?
This dish is a great way to use leftover ground beef. The ginger and garlic give the beef a delicious flavor. Simply swap in the leftover ground beef into step 2 of the above recipe. But, no need to brown the meat if it's already cooked leftover ground beef. How easy is that meal prep? You save an entire step in the recipe making process this way.
Can You Freeze Ginger Beef Stir Fry?
Yes, you can freeze ginger beef. First, make sure the beef is well-coated in the ginger-garlic sauce. Then, place the beef in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to three months. Finally, when you're ready to eat the beef, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, before reheating it in the oven or on the stovetop.
Is Ginger Beef Gluten Free?
Yes, ginger beef is gluten free! I opted for spaghetti squash noodles, which are naturally gluten-free options.
Is Ginger Beef Sweet?
Above all, ginger garlic beef is more on the spicy side of the flavor profile. However, the ginger and dates add some sweetness that balances out the spice in this recipe.
LOVE MORE BEEF RECIPES:
- Healthy & Easy Sesame Garlic Beef with Broccoli Recipe
- Easy Korean Beef Bowl – Healthy Bulgogi Beef Bowl Recipe
- Healthy & Easy Sesame Garlic Beef with Broccoli Recipe
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