When I was pregnant with Isabelle, I was obsessed with spicy foods and thai food. One of my favorite dishes we cook is a Thai Basil Beef with a carrot slaw. It’s so dang good, flavorful and colorful. It make’s amazing leftovers for your lunch at the office the next day.
We pair the dish with basmati rice. If I feel like going crazy, I will make coconut rice. This makes a great random weeknight dinner that the kids will love. If your child doesn’t like spice, only do 1 chile. It also makes a great date night dish!
Make tonight a date night! It’s Friday! Got kids? Plan to eat dinner after you put the kiddos to bed. Light some candles, put on some Pandora tunes, pour your favorite beverages. Enjoy dinner then catch up on one of your favorite tv shows, that you know you no longer have the time to enjoy. Have some popcorn, ice cream, chocolates, wine, cocktails..whatever your go-to favorites are, and enjoy relaxing on the couch with your loved one.
THAI BASIL BEEF
Serves 4. About 20- 30 minutes to prepare.
1 tbs coconut oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (the more garlic the better!)
2-3 thai chiles, thinly sliced (seeded for less heat)
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1/3 cup chicken broth
3 cups thai basil , 1 cup rough chop
2 medium carrots (rainbow are awesome if you can find them), julienned or you can use a peeler
1/2 english cucumber, julienned
1/2 red pepper, julienned
2 scallions, thinly sliced
4 tbs fresh lime juice, divided
2 tbs tamari (or regular soy sauce)
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
Salad: In a bowl, toss carrots, cucumbers, red pepper and the 1 cup of chopped thai basil leaves with lime juice, 1 tsp sugar, rice vinegar. Set aside.
Dressing: In a small jar, mix tamari, fish sauce, 1 tsp sugar and 3 tbs lime. Shake until sugar has dissolved. You can make the dressing in advance. Any leftover dressing is good for about a week.
Beef: Heat 1 tbs of coconut oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and chiles, stirring for about 30 seconds until garlic and chiles are fragrant. Add beef, season with salt and pepper. Break up the beef using a spoon and cook until meat is thoroughly cooked and crispy (about 8-10 minutes). Add 2 cups of basil and broth, stirring until basil is wilted. Remove from heat.
Plate rice. Top with beef and slaw. Drizzle plate with dressing. Serve with lime wedges for extra bit of flavor.
Serve with a nice crisp cold white wine or your favorite IPA.
Adapted from Bon Appetit Thai Beef with Basil.