Thai-Like Ground Beef and Cabbage

If you’re like me, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare ground beef – because it’s one of the less expensive meat choices and it cooks up quickly.

The strangest mix of ingredients make up this dish, but they all work really well together to make a quick and flavorful meal.

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Thai-Like Ground Beef & Cabbage

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp – 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 9-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 1 lime
  • ½ head of cabbage, thinly sliced or 1 14-ounce bag of shredded cabbage or Cole slaw mix (without the dressing)
  • fresh cooked white rice

In a large skillet, cook ground beef with garlic cloves and onion. When onion is tender and beef is cooked through, add red curry paste; mix well.

Add tomato sauce, fish sauce, coconut milk, and lime zest and juice; stir until well blended. Add cabbage and cook until tender and heated through.

Serve over hot, white rice.

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Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl

Our doctors tell us over and over to eat healthfully. One part of that is eating fresh. Here’s a low-fat, lots-of-veggies, quick-fix dinner that’s full of flavor.

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Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl

  • 2 cups white or sushi rice
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 3 pieces each, flattened
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha (more if you want it spicier)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 3-inch piece of daikon, grated (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For marinade: Combine Sriracha, soy sauce, honey, and Mirin. Place chicken pieces in marinade.

While chicken is marinating, combine rice and water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil; cover and simmer exactly 20 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare chicken: Heat vegetable oil in large skillet. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade and add to skillet; discard marinade. Cook chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. While chicken is cooking, boil or steam broccoli and carrots; drain.

To assemble: Place a serving of rice in bowl, top with broccoli, carrots, daikon, and chicken. Top with sesame seeds, if desired. Serve hot.

 

Salvadoran Rice

When I lived on the Texas-Mexico border, my dear friend taught me how to make Spanish-style rice from her home country – El Salvador. Like traditional Mexican rice, this dish complements Mexican food like tacos and enchiladas very well.

Salvadoran rice differs, however, from the El Chico mainstay in that it has no tomatoes or chilies. It has a much milder flavor, which complements Enchiladas Verdes perfectly.

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Salvadoran Rice

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped (green or red)
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 2 c. rice
  • 3.5 c. chicken broth or water

Heat vegetable oil in large skillet; add onion and peppers and sauté until tender. Add in rice and stir to blend. Using a potato peeler, shave strips of carrot into skillet on top of rice, stirring to blend. (Don’t worry if you cannot use all the carrot.)

Add in broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for exactly 20 minutes. Season with sea salt and serve.

 

Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts & Currants

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Sometimes a little jazzed-up rice goes better with a meal than plain white rice – especially if there’s no fancy sauce with the entree.

Here’s a tasty rice side dish with Arabic flavors that pairs nicely with baked chicken or fish. It has an elegant presentation, so it’s perfect for serving when you’ve got guests.

Saffron Rice with Pine Nuts & Currants

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted in olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Half a yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 c. uncooked white rice
  • 1 tsp saffron, soaked 15 minutes in hot water
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 c. currants or golden raisins
  • 3.5 c. water or chicken broth
  • zest from 1 orange

In a medium-sized saucepan, sauté the pine nuts in a dash of olive oil until lightly browned. Set aside.

Add the butter and oil to the saucepan. When the butter is melted but not browned, add the chopped onions. Sauté until translucent but not browned. Add in the rice, saffron, garam masala, and salt, and sauté briefly to activate seasonings. Mix in currants. When throughly blended, add water and bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

When rice is tender and cooked, add in orange zest and adjust salt if necessary. Serve warm.