So lately I feel like we’ve been so busy that I’ve had no time to go the store. Which means we’ve gone out to eat or ordered take-out a bit too frequently for my taste. It’s just hard for me to be “good” when I go out – I’m like, oh, that salad sounds lovely but I’ll have the bacon-cheeseburger with crispy onions and a side of fries please.
Well, I FINALLY made it to the store the other night and just needed a little something light but filling for a good dinner! I had been craving some Chinese food – so I whipped something up with a lil Asian flair and boy was it delicious! I had never used bok choy before, but it actually wasn’t so scary!
Try this for light dinner or a fabulous lunch!
Asian Steak and Bok Choy Salad (serves 2 / 10 WW pts. per serving)
8 oz. trimmed flank steak
1 bunch bok choy
2 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. peanut oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. pickled ginger, minced
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 medium green onion, chopped
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
Salt and pepper your steak on both sides and add to skillet. Cook 7 minutes on each side (ended up about medium in the center – reduce time 2 minutes for medium-rare) and remove from heat. Cover with foil to keep warm.
In the same skillet, heat 1/2 Tbsp. peanut oil. Add bok choy – I ended up only using about 3/4 of the bunch. I layered mine in the skillet and played the rotation game, cooking each piece for about 5 minutes. The leaves should be wilted and the lighter part should soften slightly. It has the same texture of celery – so you want it to stay slightly firm and crunchy!
Remove bok choy and add to your plate.
Now, heat the other 1/2 Tbsp. peanut oil. Add your ginger and garlic and saute for 30-45 seconds.
Reduce heat to medium and add soy sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil and sugar. Whisk to dissolve sugar and bring to a low simmer until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
Take your steak out of the foil and slice, against the grain, into thin strips.
Lay steak on top of bok choy and drizzle with the dressing.
Top with sesame seeds and green onion.
Now it’s time to dig in – and it’s so “light” on points for a dinner that you don’t have to feel guilty about pairing it with a nice glass of wine!
Hope y’all enjoy this – please let me know if you try anything on my blog by leaving a comment on that recipe – I’d love to hear from you!
This looks delicious, Mary! Absolutely going on my list. Do you have any other recos for how to cook bok choy? I often find myself in a vegetable rut and would love any recos on getting more greens into every meal!
Julie – this was honestly my first time cooking with bok choy! I’d say it would be great thrown into a stir fry (check out my orange chicken or stir fry shrimp) or even added to fried rice. I also think it would be great in a brothy soup. I’ll let you know if I stumble upon anything else!
This looks wonderful!! What time is dinner. OK I’ll be good and give a try.