Asian Beef with Broccoli and Noodles

Never in my life would I have ever thought I would buy another pack of Ramen noodles. Remember Ramen noodles? I ate my fair share of cases and cases of them when I moved out after High School. Spending more money on beer and alcohol was totally a priority. Who needed a well balanced meal? I am surprised I don’t have some sort of High Blood pressure issues because of them because and their high sodium content.

However, this recipe called for 2 packs of them. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and act like I was 20 again! Hey, they are still really cheap, .24 a pack. Hmmmm, maybe I should start living on them again to try to save some money.
This meal was surprisingly very good. The meat had a great flavor. I did add another Flavored Sodium packed to the noodles while they were cooking which the recipe didn’t call for. And it totally needed it

ASIAN BEEF AND BROCCOLI WITH NOODLES

1-1/4 pounds beef top round or top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick
2 packages (3 ounces each) Oriental-flavored instant ramen noodles, broken up
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound broccoli florets
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon grated orange rind (optional)
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Combine seasoning from ramen noodles with cornstarch mixture in large bowl. Add beef; toss.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Stir-fry broccoli and carrots 1 minute. Add noodles and 1-1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove; keep warm. **don’t forget to add a season packet to the noodles.**
Heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Stir-fry 1/2 of beef 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. Repeat with remaining beef. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with orange rind.

Nutrition information per serving, using beef top sirloin steak: 431 calories; 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 50 mg cholesterol; 933 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate

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Comments

  1. 1

    Mmmmmmm! This looks like a dinner that I would eat all to myself and hide from my family! Looks great girl! Have a great night!

  2. 2

    You need to teach me how to take pictures!! Yours are great! (Even for meat! hahah
    Hubby would LOVE this and I have to say, It looks good. I could sooooo make this with Morningstar FEAT (Fake Meat.. My own name for them) strips.
    I am giving this dish 5 YUM YUMS!
    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

  3. 3

    Sometimes the stuff we ate when we could have cared less about our bodies is exactly what we need. And it tastes sooo good.

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    Donna-FFW says:

    Weren’t those the days when beer was more important than nutrition.. hey aren’t they still the days sometimes. This sounds like a great weeknight concoction!

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    Mrsfatface says:

    Looks delicious and seems easy! Will be trying this soon! My kids (and myself) love ramen noodles.

    ♥Stephanie

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    JennyMac says:

    Oh yes, I remember those days! In college we even discovered those Ramen noodles were good to snack on like pretzels. After awhile we had loads of those little flavor packets cuz we were munching so much on noodles only. LOL. This looks yummy!

  7. 7

    Relivin' your youth are ya? :-)

    That does look good (nice photo)….what's your tip to not over cookin' the beef, in case there are any reader who has issues with over cookin' their (stir fry) beef(& chicken)? Not me or anything?! LOL!

    Know what I just remembered? I've never eaten those noodles!
    ~ingrid

  8. 8

    I may pretend that I don’t like ramen noodles, but of course I do. It’s just PC to say you don’t ;)

  9. 9
    thebrunettebaker says:

    Looks good & easy. My better half did the Ramen & beer diet while at FSU many moons ago. I tried an Asian salad with dried Ramen from Food & Family magazine…did you see that one?

  10. 10

    Haha, I’ve been avoiding raman since I went through a raman phase in high school. I’m a little nervous about trying it again, but if you say this recipe is totally worth it, hey, I trust you. I’m going to save some money and invest in raman for this dish!!

  11. 11

    This looks sooo good! We always have ramen noodles in our house, but when I make them, I only add about half the package of seasoning or else the salt kills me.

  12. 12

    Sometimes I think ramen noodles get an reputation that they don’t deserve.

    Awesome recipe, the pictures make me hungry.

  13. 13
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Ahahahah I’ve also use to buy toons of those noodles when I was in college! But to eat plain, now this way they look much better!

  14. 14

    I havent had ramen noodles in years but they once were a staple, not so much gourmet as yours! Yummy idea!!!

  15. 15

    Oh man did I eat my fair share in boarding school and then again in college. And you know back then I didn’t even notice (or care) about the sodium content. To b e young again :::sigh:::
    This looks good, and you made it better with the broccoli. Hubby would chow this down indeed.

  16. 16

    I find they are quite a steal & not bad at all if you are using the noddles with your own additions.

  17. 17

    Hey hey, Lester goes Asian! Another good use for ramen noodles…just chuck the packets of MSG!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Yum. Looks so great. No need for take out with this dish.

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    Culinarywannabe says:

    These suckers are making a comeback! There is a chain of restaurants here in nyc that have essentially built their popularity around their version of amped up Ramen noodles. Martha Stewart talks about them on her show all the time. And they really are amazing!

  20. 20

    Yum, that looks delicious!

  21. 21
    Burp and Slurp~! says:

    wow! how do you make instant noodles look SO gourmet! you’re wonderful!

  22. 22

    Your pictures really are great Leslie!! This looks delish…I have to laugh, b/c it does seem like Ramen are making comeback!

  23. 23

    It’s so good to be back after a week with no laptop! You’ve been busy girl! Love the beef and I don’t mind three posts about it at all.

    This looks totally delicious and what a quick weeknight dinner! I have to confess, I always have a few packages of Ramen around for the times my son won’t eat what’s for dinner – like tonight. I’m making lentil soup, so the boy will be eating Ramen. Sad, but true. I hope I’m not compromising his health!

  24. 24

    What a great way to spice up ramen noodles! So creative.

  25. 25

    OMG…Can you say YUM-O, this looks very good Leslie!!

  26. 26

    I have eaten hundreds of packs of these noodles in college. Looks great.

  27. 27
    Jennifer says:

    I sometimes make a stir fry for one and use 1/2 a block of the noodles (without the packet) and its really good, with veggies and your favorite stir fry sauce.

    And, your right, the price is right!

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    J.Danger says:

    If I tell my kids there is ramen in it they will totally eat it all!

  29. 29

    A healthy and tasty dinner! Looks really delicious.

  30. 30

    Haven’t had Ramen in years, they look so gourmet in your photos! You are changing the world with this one:)

  31. 31

    I love both the beef stroganoff and this great asian beef noodles… they are simple, yet amazing… :)

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    noble pig says:

    I have always wondered how there is such widespread hunger with ramen around. It’s so, so cheap. And yes high in sodium but OMG they are so good! This looks awesome.

  33. 33

    I have a ramen cookbook that I love using. this looks like it would fit right in! Yummy!

  34. 34

    I think everyone has a sentimental soft spot for ramen – looks yummy.

    I recently found your blog and I’ve really enjoyed checking out all your posts!

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    Fearless Kitchen says:

    Funny… what I miss most about grad school is ramen noodles :) I'll have to give this a try sometime.