Thai-Inspired Steak Salad

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On the weekends, I prefer to keep my meals simple and not time-consuming. It’s not always the case but I try. And a steak is always welcome, it cooks quiet quickly and both my husband and I go gaga for it. It’s not something we could eat everyday but when we do, it is really a treat. And lately our favorite way to eat it is in a salad. This time I made a Thai-style dressing. And I added Thai basil, coriander and mint to the salad. So you have all these mini explosions of flavors in every bite. I used a mandoline to slice the carrots and cucumber into thin ribbons, but you can just shred the carrots and thinly slice the cucumber with a knife.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

For the steak:

500gr of Flank steak

Vegetable oil for brushing the steak

Salt

Pepper

For the salad:

½ cucumber, sliced into thin ribbons using a mandoline

½ red onion, thinly sliced

1 medium yellow carrot, sliced into thin ribbons using a mandoline

1 medium purple carrot, sliced into thin ribbons using a mandoline

10 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on their size

4 tablespoons of chopped coriander

8 Thai basil leaved, finely chopped

8 mint leaves, finely chopped

About 100grs of a lettuce mix of your choice (I used lamb’s lettuce, baby spinach, baby Swiss chard and baby red tatsoi)

For the dressing:

Juice of 1 big lime

2 tablespoons of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 small bird’s eye chili, finely chopped

¼ cup of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon of minced ginger

1 small clove of garlic, minced

Optional:

1 spring onion, thinly sliced

½ red chili, thinly sliced

 

To make the dressing, just place all of the ingredients in a jar with a lid. Cover it and shake it. Set it aside until ready to use.

Prepare all your veggies.

To cook the meat, heat up a large pan over medium heat. Brush the steak with some vegetable oil. Add salt and pepper on both sides.

Once the pan is hot, place the meat and cook it to your liking. For medium rare, it takes about 5 minutes per side but it will also depend on the thickness of the steak. My steak was a bit thick in the middle so it took about 1 extra minute.

Let the steak rest for 5 minutes and then thinly slice it.

Once the steak is done and sliced, place all the vegetables and lettuce in a large bowl. Give the dressing another shake and add it to the salad. Mix it well so everything is well coated, I just used my hands.

Serve the salad and then add the steak slices. Sprinkle some of the sliced spring onion and chili over the steak. Finally pour the remaining dressing from the bowl on top of the steak. Enjoy!

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Kimchi & Quinoa Vegetable Soup

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This is a very healthy vegetarian soup. It has the wonderful flavor of the kimchi without being too sour or spicy but add chilies if you wish, and you get your protein kick from the quinoa. It’s perfect for a weeknight since it’s very quick to make. You can also cook the quinoa in advance and just keep it in the fridge to save time.

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

½ cup of quinoa

150gr of mushrooms, sliced (I used a mix of chestnut mushrooms, nameko and king trumpet)

4 tablespoons of sesame oil

1 ½ tablespoons of chopped ginger

2 spring onions, finely chopped (white separated from the green)

1 cup of kimchi, very finely chopped

1 ½ litters of vegetable stock

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

3 mini paksoi

Extras:

Lime wedges for serving (optional)

Extras soy sauce for serving

3 soft boiled eggs

Sesame seeds

 

First cook the quinoa. Rinse it under cold water and then boil it for 12 minutes. Drain it and set it aside.

Place 3 tablespoons of sesame oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, fry the mushrooms in batches. Remove the mushrooms from the pan.

In the same saucepan, add the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil, ginger and the white part of the spring onions. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat while stirring. Then add the chopped kimchi and stir for another minute.

Add the stock and soy sauce. Let it simmer for 15 minutes.

Then add the paksoi and let it cook for 1 minute. Taste the soup for salt.

For the soft boiled eggs, I just placed them in a saucepan and added boiling water. I let them cook for 6 minutes over medium heat.

To serve, divide the quinoa into 3 bowls. Add the soup, mushrooms, green parts of the spring onions, soft boiled eggs and sesame seeds. I like to squeeze some lime juice over the soup and serve it with some extra soy sauce on the side.

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Beet & Pea Hummus Tart

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Beets have become one of my favorite vegetables. As a kid I would pick them out of my food and now you can find here many recipes which include this gorgeous produce. I’m already looking forward to spring and this dish reflects that. The golden and candy cane beets add bright colors to this tart. It is filling without being heavy, and great to share at any dinner party.

This recipe is for 1 sheet of puff pastry (40x24cms).

For the pea hummus:

1/3 cup of tahini

1 cup of frozen peas, blanched for 1 minute

1 cup of canned chickpeas, drained

Juice of 1 lime

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of celery salt

Salt to taste

For the beets:

1 medium golden beet

1 medium candy cane beet

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

5 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt to taste

Extras:

1 sheet of puff pastry (40x24cms)

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

¼ cup of toasted slivered almonds

 

The night before, place the frozen puff pastry in the fridge to thaw overnight.

To make the pea hummus, place the tahini in the food processor and pulse for 2 minutes. Then add the blanched peas and pulse for 3 minutes. Add the chickpeas and pulse for another 3 minutes. This will result in a smooth hummus. Finally add the lime juice, olive oil, garlic powder, celery salt and salt to taste. Pulse until everything is mixed through. Then transfer it to a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and set it aside.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Once the oven is hot, take the puff pastry out of the fridge.

Roll out the puff pastry over a sheet of parchment paper. Fold the edges, making a 1 cm border and pinch to seal them. Using a fork, pinch the dough all over, except for the borders. Brush the whole pastry with the egg wash and bake it for 20 minutes till its golden. Then allow it to cool down.

While the puff pastry is cooling down, start making the beets. Peel them and with the help of a mandoline, slice them as thin as possible. Place the lime juice, vinegar, olive oil and some salt in a large bowl. Add the beet slices and mix well. Let them pickle for at least 5 minutes, and mix them halfway through.

Once the puff pastry has cooled down and the beets have sat in the vinaigrette for at least 5 minutes, start assembling the tart. Spread the hummus evenly all over the puff pastry. Then arrange the beet slices over the hummus. I folded each slice in half and tried to alternate the colors. Finally sprinkle the toasted almonds all over the beets. Enjoy!

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