Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use low sodium gluten-free tamari sauce in place of the low sodium soy sauce.


"When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere."
-Calvin Trillin, Writer

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I like spicy food but not too spicy. The regular version of this recipe calls for one red chili pepper. While I find that mild you might find that it's too much of a GERD trigger for you.

One way to control how much spiciness is in dishes like this one is to use chili oil. This is widely available now, and very common in Asian markets, but your grocery probably carries it.

Simply replace some of the oil that you use to stir fry with the chili oil. Start slowly at first -- a half teaspoon for two servings may be enough for you (it is for me). Each time you cook use a little more if you want more heat. It's great to have around and adds the flavor of a spicy chili pepper but you don't have to take the time to seed and mince.


GERD / Acid Reflux Friendly Kung Pao Beef

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 4 ounces beef with vegetables and rice

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

16 ounces flank steak (cut into 1 inch cubes)
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce
2 tsp sake or sweet white wine
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 tsp cornstarch
2 cups water
1 cup jasmine rice
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 inch ginger root (peeled and minced)
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari sauce
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (chopped coarsely)

Place the 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce, sake, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey and cornstarch in a bowl and stir until well blended. Add the flank steak cubes and toss until coated. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

While the beef is marinating place the water in a medium sauce pan over high heat. When the water boils, stir in the jasmine rice.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for about 25 - 30 minutes.

Do not boil away all of the liquid and do not stir the rice.

When a very small amount of liquid remains, remove the pan from the burner and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Add the sesame oil and heat for a few moments. Reduce the heat to medium and add the ginger. Cook for about one minute.

Add the beef and cook for about one minute until browned on the outside.

Add the rice vinegar and soy sauce. Cook the beef, tossing frequently. When the beef is nearly done add the water and stir until well blended. When the beef is cooked through serve over the rice and top with the peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces beef with vegetables and rice

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 452 Calories from Fat 144
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
    Saturated Fat 4g 22%
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 419mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 4%
    Sugars 31g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% Iron 25%
Vitamin K 2 mcg Potassium 538 mg
Magnesium 58 mg