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1 lb 93%-lean ground beef1 can 5- to 6-ounce water chestnuts, rinsed and finely chopped2 tsp plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided¼ tsp salt1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth4 tsp canola oil, divided2 cloves garlic, minced½ tsp crushed red pepper, to taste¼ cup Szechuan sauce (see shopping tip)4 cup shredded napa (Chinese) cabbage1 can 15-ounce straw mushrooms, rinsed2 scallions, sliced (optional)½ tsp five-spice powder (see Shopping Tip)


1. Gently mix beef, water chestnuts, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, five-spice powder and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Shape the mixture into 12 balls (use about 2 tablespoons each to make 1 1/2-inch meatballs). Whisk broth and the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth.

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet or nonstick wok over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning once, until brown, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

3. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Add the reserved broth mixture, Szechuan sauce, cabbage and mushrooms; cook, stirring, until the cabbage is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, return the meatballs to the pan, cover and cook until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve sprinkled with scallions (if using).


Shopping Tip: Find five-spice powder in the spice section and Szechuan sauce near other Asian condiments in most supermarkets.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 4 Total

  • Calories 295
  • Total Fat 13gm 20%
  • Saturated Fat 3gm 15%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 6gm
  • Sodium 760mg 32%
  • Total Carbohydrates 17gm 6%
  • Fiber 4gm 4%
  • Protein 28gm
  • Cholesterol 64mg 21%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Healthy, Low Calorie, Beef, Vegetable, Asian, Easy, Entertaining, Spring

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