Beef in black bean sauce is one of the classic dishes that everyone knows from their local Chinese restaurant. Try this homemade version – you'll be able to control the amount of fat used so you know you're getting a healthy and delicious meal.
Serve this with steamed rice: Rinse 1½ cups (300g) rice in a sieve until the water runs clear. Place in a large saucepan with 1¾ cups (425ml) water. Bring to the boil and boil for 1 minute. Cover tightly, reduce the heat to as low as possible and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.
*Beef is an iron-rich protein source; it also supplies many of the B vitamins as well as zinc. Served in small quantities, with vegetables and grains, lean beef makes a healthy and flavoursome meal.
*Meat is a valuable part of a healthy diet if it is carefully selected and sensibly prepared. Unfortunately, many people eat much of their beef in the form of fast-food hamburgers, which may have up to 28g of fat per serving.
*Through scientifically planned breeding and feeding, beef is now much leaner than it was 20 years ago. In addition, butchers now trim far more fat from retail cuts of beef.