Asian Inspired Meatball Lettuce Wraps

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I made these last summer, and with selling a house / buying a new one and starting grad school I never had time to post the recipe.  Things have calmed down a bit, so I’m hoping to post all of my back-logged recipes and then actually photograph some new ones!

 

serves 4

time: close to an hour, probably

 

Green Cashew Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 limes
  • 3 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2-4 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce (I used 4 tablespoons)

 

 

 

Mango Slaw

  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into matchstick sized pieces
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 1 lime

 

 

Meatball Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground hamburger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey

 

Accoutrements

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sweet thai chili sauce, for dipping
  • toasted cashews

 

 

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Green Cashew Sauce Directions

Step 1: Place the cilantro, basil, cashews, coconut milk, lime juice, Thai red curry paste and sweet thai chile sauce to a food processor.

Step 2: Blend until smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Add more of the ingredients if needed.

 

Mango Slaw Directions

Step 1: Combine the mangos, shredded carrots, matchstick cucumbers, thinly sliced red onion, jalapeno, and fresh lime juice.

Step 2: Mix well.

 

Meatball Directions

Step 1: Mix the two meats together well.

Step 2: Roll into small balls.

Step 3: Cook the meatballs thoroughly.

Step 4: Stir together the sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, and honey.

Step 5: Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce

 

Put it all together

Step 1: Place the meatballs, cashew sauce, mango salsa, and toasted cashews on a washed piece of lettuce…enjoy!!

 

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Smoked Paprika Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese

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I love tacos.  I love smoke paprika and I really, really love goat cheese!  This recipe combines all of these wonderful ingredients into an amazing taco (another one of my favorites – I could eat tacos all of the time!).

Serves 4

Time: 1 hour + a little extra

Chicken Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1.5  teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 limes, sliced into wedges
1 sweet onion, sliced thickly into 8 slices
Spicy Goat Cheese Queso
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced
2garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Taco Additions
corn tortillas for serving
chopped tomatoes
sliced avocado
cilantro, de-stemed

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.

3. Place the sliced onion all over the bottom of the baking dish, rub the chicken with the spices and then place the chicken on top of the onions.  Set the lime wedges in between the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool slightly, then shred.

4.  For the spicy goat cheese queso, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the diced jalapeño and garlic.  Simmer, without burning, for about 1 – 2 minutes.  Once the butter mixture is slightly boiling whisk in flour to create a roux.   Turn to low and let simmer for another 1-2 minutes until the roux is golden brown and bubbly.  Then, pour the milk in whisking until smooth and combined (keeping heat on low).   Once the roux has slightly thickened add the goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts and is creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

5. Slice the tomatoes and avocado and tear off the cilantro leaves from the steam.

6. Once the chicken has cooked shred into bite sized pieces.  Heat up the tacos until soft, scoop out some chicken onto each taco and add the vegetables and place a dollop of the goat cheese queso on top.

 

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Rice Noodles with Shrimp & Cashews

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Serves: 4

Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

one package uncooked rice noodles
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic, minced
4 red chillies, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup whole roasted cashews
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

 

 

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  1. Boil a pot of salted water, and cook the rice noodles according to package directions (don’t overcook as they will continue to cook in the sauce).  Drain and rinse the noodles in cold water.
  2. Combine the honey, fish sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and lime juice.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Once the pan is hot spoon in half of the peanut oil, dump in the shrimp after the oil has gotten a tad bit warm.  Cook the shrimp until they are cooked through, then remove them from the pan.
  4. Add the other tablespoon of oil, the garlic, red chillies and red bell peppers; saute for about 3 minutes (you want the red bell peppers to still be crunchy).
  5. Add the cashews and stir fry for about a minute.
  6. Add the sauce and the shrimp to the vegetables then cook for another minute.
  7. Add the noodles and cook for about 3 minutes – stir until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  8. Scoop out the noodle mixture and place on individual plates, then top with the chopped green onions and cilantro.

 

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Balsamic Vinegar & Honey Chicken Skewers

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My car needed new front brakes so I took it to the mechanic today, and brought my bike to ride the 6 miles home.  The guy at the front desk asked if I needed a ride, I said ‘no, I’m going to ride my bike’ – he replied with, ‘next time you can use one of ours!’.  How very cool (and very Boulder) that my mechanic has several bikes that their customers can use!!

Onto this recipe.  As I’ve been saying in post after post, it’s summer so I have been grilling & using summer fruits and veggies – this recipe is no exception.  The balsamic vinegar & honey added a nice light touch of flavor to the chicken, and the quinoa & strawberry, goat cheese and nut salad were both a perfect compliment.

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serves 4

time: about 1 hour (marinade the night before)

Chicken Marinade Ingredients:

2.5 good sized boneless & skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced, plus more for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salad Ingredients:
strawberries
spinach
goat cheese
mixed seasoned/sugared nuts
I also used a cup of dried quinoa, cook according to package directions.

Directions:

  1. The night before.  Cut off any extra fat from the chicken breasts and then cut into 1 inch chunks and place in a gallon ziplock bag.
  2. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together and pour into the gallon bag with the chicken.  Mush around and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The day of.  Soak 3-4 wooden skewers in a shallow dish filled with water while getting the grill, quinoa and salad ready.
  4. Right before the grill is ready, thread the chicken pieces onto the water-soaked wooden skewers.
  5. Place the chicken skewers on the grill and cook until no longer pink, turning over so all sides get charred.
  6. Wash and slice a good few handfuls of ripe strawberries, place on top of washed spinach.  Crumble goat cheese and throw a handful of mixed seasoned/sugared nuts on top
  7. Eat with your favorite beer, because it’ll make it that much better!

 

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Pasta Rosa Verta

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This was a really simple meal to make, and took maybe about half an hour to make.  I really need to get better at timing how long my meals take so that I can tell you.  I really liked the flavors of the standard diced tomato sauce with the arugula, pine nuts and blue cheese – I will certainly be making this dish again!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  If you make it let me know what you think – I love comments!

Pasta Rosa Verde (15) WM

serves 4

Ingredients

1 box penne pasta

4 hot Italian sausage links

olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

3 cups arugula, watercress, or spinach (I used arugula)

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

2 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese

Directions

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and cover to keep warm.

2. Boil the sausage links for about 12 minutes, drain the water and slice into bite sized pieces.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. throw in the the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is tender.  Stir in the canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, and red pepper, add more to taste.  Add the cooked sliced Italian sausage.  Continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

4. While the tomato & sausage mixture is heating, toast the pine nuts until lightly browned.

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5. Mix in the arugula, watercress, or spinach into the tomato & sausage mixture and heat until just wilted.

6. Spoon the pasta onto individual dishes and top with the tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and crumbled cheese.

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Garden Raviolis

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Someday I am going to make raviolis from scratch, but until then I’ll buy them pre-made.  This is a great recipe because it takes pre-made fresh raviolis, doesn’t dump a bunch of sauce on them and instead uses oh so fresh summer veggies.  What more could you ask for.  Really.

prep time: approximately 7 minutes

cooking time: approximately 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bag pre-made fresh cheese raviolis (the size depends on how many people are eating)

1/2 container cherry tomatoes

2 shallots, cut into wedges

4 garlic gloves, peeled

1/2 zucchini, sliced into bite sized pieces

olive oil

salt

pepper

fresh basil

grated cheese (if desired, it was kind of overkill considering the cheese raviolis, I’ll skip next time)

Directions:

1. Place all vegetables onto an oiled baking sheet in a pre-heated 425 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, boil water for the raviolis and cook.

3. After the raviolis are cooked and the veggies are done combine in a pot with the fresh basil leaves and gently stir together.  Add more olive oil if the ravioli are sticking to one another.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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