This healthy black bean recipe is lower calorie than ordering a takeaway and we enjoy it just as much! Making a low-calorie beef in black bean sauce couldn’t be easier and can even be made with Quorn steak strips if you prefer.

Budget shopping tips

Black beans can be tricky to find for this low-calorie beef in black bean sauce but have a look in a local continental food store they usually have them.

Frozen sweetcorn is just as good in this recipe but I wouldn’t recommend frozen mushrooms as they make the sauce a little runnier. If you are happy with that then feel free to use frozen mushrooms and just adjust the cooking time slightly to allow for that.

Beef can be expensive but sandwich steak or frying steak is usually cheaper as it is thinner and not usually the sort someone would choose for a steak and chips type meal. It is definitely best in this recipe to use it as when you have cut it up anyway there is no value in buying a more expensive cut.

Frozen beef would be a great alternative to fresh beef to save money but if cooking from frozen ensure it is fully cooked before moving on to the next step.

Making this recipe with Quorn steak strips

It is really easy to adapt this low-calorie beef in black bean sauce recipe to use Quorn steak strips, as a vegetarian myself I do it often. It is always worth remembering that Quorn takes less time to cook when substituting it for chicken or beef.

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Quorn pieces and quorn mince on a white plate

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Healthy Lunches

If you are eating healthily or following a weight loss plan then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. This low-calorie beef in black bean sauce is just one of many amazing lunch ideas I have found that is great when reheated the following day so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.

Beef in black bean sauce
Beef in black bean sauce

Why you should enjoy desserts on a diet

If you are following a diet you will know how careful you feel you should be with your calories, syns or points. One good way to make your smaller dessert more filling is to add fruit or another low-calorie food. Fat-free fromage frais is a great choice and a great addition to most desserts or have a smaller piece.

If you prefer you can add a little flavouring or sweetener too. My favourite sweetener is Canderel Sugarly.

Do you ever have a glass of water before your dessert? Next time give it a try, you will naturally eat less as the water fills you up a little. A perfect way to enjoy the dessert you want and still lose weight.

Step by step instructions to follow

ingredients for beef in black bean sauce

Thinly slice two large beef frying steaks (visible fat removed) or for the Quorn use half a bag of Quorn Steak strips.

Fry in a small pan on a medium heat using low-calorie cooking spray until cooked and tender.

Add half a pouch of black bean sauce (The one I used was 7 syns a pouch), a tablespoon of boiling water, a tablespoon of black beans (squashed with a fork) and 2 tablespoons of black beans (whole).

Add the quartered mushrooms

Fry for a further 3/4 minutes.

Add 3 spring onions sliced lengthways, and 2 tablespoons of sweetcorn.

Fry for a further couple of minutes.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and warm through thoroughly.

Beef in black bean sauce
Beef in black bean sauce

Frequently asked questions about this recipe

Can I use frozen beef?

Yes, you can, just be sure to allow a little extra time when frying the beef to ensure it is fully cooked.

Is this beef in black bean sauce Slimming World friendly?

I have not been trained by Slimming World but to my knowledge, the only thing you need to count as syns in this recipe is the black bean sauce you use.

Can I use stewing steak instead of a sandwich or frying steak?

There is no real reason why you couldn’t however it will be much chewier and the beef will be tough as stewing steak is usually harder to cook and needs to be stewed for a long time to make it melt in the mouth in comparison to frying or sandwich steaks.

Can I keep all my black beans whole or crush them all?

It is entirely up to you, this recipe is my idea of perfect but if you prefer all the beans to be crushed or all to be whole that is your choice and would work just as well in terms of flavour.

What should I eat with my beef in black bean sauce?

I have a great egg fried rice recipe which goes well with this, alternatively why not look at all my other Chinese fakeaway recipes and see what you fancy? If you are following a healthy diet I would also advise adding more vegetables to your meal.

Beef in black bean sauce
Beef in black bean sauce

Other healthy recipes you may enjoy

If you like a tasty low-calorie Chinese then why not check out my Chinese fakeaway selection here and create a whole menu full of takeaway alternatives?

If you are looking for more recipes with rice then do check out my list of rice recipes from around the world. If you are not confident at boiling rice or making risotto I have a foolproof guide to boiling rice here and a risotto guide here.

Which meal do you struggle with ideas for healthy meals to make? I have lists of breakfast ideas and lunch ideas if that helps you.

chicken and mushroom curry
Chicken and mushroom curry

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Beef in black bean sauce

Low-calorie Beef in Black Bean Sauce

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main meals
  • Method: Hob top
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

A delicious recipe for low-calorie beef in a black bean sauce (or Quorn if preferred) that is so much healthier than the one from the Chinese Takeaway!


Ingredients

Scale

2 large beef frying steaks or half a bag of Quorn Steak Strips

1/2 a 120g Pouch of Blue Dragon black bean sauce

3 tbsp. Black Beans (from a can)

3 spring onions

2 tbsp. Sweetcorn

A handful of quartered mushrooms


Instructions

Thinly slice two large beef frying steaks (visible fat removed) or for the Quorn use half a bag of Quorn Steak strips.

Fry in a small pan on a medium heat using low-calorie cooking spray until cooked and tender.

Add half a pouch of black bean sauce, a tablespoon of boiling water, a tablespoon of black beans (squashed with a fork) and 2 tablespoons of black beans (whole).

Add the quartered mushrooms and fry for a further 3/4 minutes.

Add 3 spring onions sliced lengthways, and 2 tablespoons of sweetcorn.

Fry for a further couple of minutes.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and warm through thoroughly.



Keywords: Slimming World, fakeaway, Chinese, Low Syn

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  1. I really like the quorn beef strips, but find it difficult to source them these days. Hubby wasn’t keen. Made a second time using beef and he wolfed it down – proof the recipe is great; he just doesn’t like quorn!!! Thanks so much 🙂