Monday, October 25, 2010

This weekend's meat..

As an aspiring week-day vegetarian, weekend cooking has become slightly more exciting as I have the opportunity to use meat in my meals. Not that every weekend is a meat-fest... in fact I would give up meat completely if not for the littlefoodie voice in me which just loves the fact that meat adds that extra variety of food choices: what to buy, what to cook and especially what to eat. :)

This weekend's meat ended up in the form of a tasty Thai Beef salad. It's super easy, low on carbs and takes all of 15 minutes to put together:
Excuse the picture... was too hungry to wait and grab the good camera ;)

What I put in (Enough for 2):

Steak marinade
2 steaks around 100-150g each (more if you're feeling carnivorous), organic if possible
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce

200g Mixed salad leaves (I used a mix of baby arugula, field salad and crunchy romaine lettuce)
Handful of cherry tomatoes
1 red onion thinly sliced
Handful fresh Thai Basil
Handful fresh mint leaves, chopped
Fresh coriander, chopped

Juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp fish sauce, bottled
1 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Tsp dried chilli flakes (dose according to how spicy you want it)
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tsp sesame seeds
1 Tsp sweet chilli sauce
1 Tsp sesame oil

How to make it:
Sear the steaks for about 2 mins on each side (I like mine pink on the inside) then leave to rest on a plate, cover with aluminium foil.

Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and mix until everything is well combined. Toss the salad ingredients with the dressing in a larger bowl. You want to add in the dressing bit by bit, don't overdress the salad!

Slice the steak thinly and arrange on top of salad. Garnish with coriander leaves and seasame seeds. Dig in - yum!!

* Balancing the primary flavours sweet, sour, hot and salty is the heart of Thai cooking. Taste the dressing while you're making it and feel free to add more/less of each ingredient so that all of these flavours are balanced to your taste!


Reinier said...

Looking so yummy on that pic! I <3 steak and should definitely try it out sometime.. Except for the chili bits of course as I'm a bit of a spice-sissy ;)

Love the illustration btw, cute! :D

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