Quick Beef and Veggies with Brown Sauce & Cauliflower Rice

Ditch the takeout food this weekend and make this Healthyish version of Beef and Broccoli. It’s the perfect meal for a night-in and tastes amazing!

This dish is a much lighter and healthier version of traditional beef and broccoli. We’ve cut out the rice, decreased the sugar and added extra veggies. Now that’s how you make something Healthyish!

Fun fact: Red meat is a great source of iron, B12, and protein. In fact, B12 has been know to help maintain nerve and red blood cell health.

So, let’s get started!

Quick Beef and Veggies with Brown Sauce & Cauliflower Rice

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons Ponzu Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons GF Flour OR 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (Cornstarch recommended)
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • ½ Teaspoon Gochujang (Korean Chili Pasta)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2-3 Cups of Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Large Red Pepper  
  • 3 Stocks of Celery
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower


  • In a large mixing bowl add together the sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic paste, soy sauce, ponzu sauce, cornstarch, gochujang, and beef broth. Whisk until well blended! Set aside.
  • Next you’ll slice your onion and peppers into evenly sized slices. Chop your celery and broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Set the cauliflower aside as we will use that for the cauliflower rice.
  • In a large sauté pan pour 1 cup of water and add all of your veggies over medium to high heat. (onion, broccoli, peppers, and celery) Let everything simmer until the broccoli begins to soften.
  • Next, you will pour in your brown sauce. And bring everything to a light boil. The sauce will start to thicken right away. Once it begins to thicken, reduce the heat to low.
  • Slice your beef into ¼ inch think slices. In a nonstick skillet or wok, cook your steak in hot oil for 4-5 minutes. (I used beef tenderloin, but you can use flank steak as well)
  • Once the steak has a light sear, you will add it to the brown sauce and veggie mixture. Stir well.
  • As a final step, you will clean your cauliflower head and cut it down into small pieces. Using a food processor you will chop your cauliflower up into small rice-like pieces.
  • Spoon some of the cauliflower rice onto your plate, top with the beef, veggies and brown sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Quick Beef and Veggies with Brown Sauce & Cauliflower Rice
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

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