I am always searching for an easy recipe to make for the kids that get them eating a protein that isn't from a frozen state. I started realizing when we got thai food they both loved beef larb and pad thai. So I decided to try and make something that combined the two. So here is one of our favorite meals in the Loera household.
- 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 8 oz rice noodles
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1Bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 Sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 3 Garlic cloves, minced
- Fresh ginger (I get the ginger paste in the refrigerated area of grocery store)
- 1 cup Loosely packed fresh basil leaves, divided
- Fresh cilantro (optional)
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts
- 3 carrots shaved
- green onions, sliced
- fresh mint for garnish
- Bring saucepan of water to a boil, add in rice noodles and cook according to package.
- Next we make the sauce. In a skillet (large), heat the sesame oil and add in the ground beef breaking up while cooking(5-7 minutes) . After a few minutes add in the garlic and ginger for about 1 minute. Then add in the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and about 1/4 cup of water. Keep cooking until the sauce thickens (5-7 minutes). Finally add in 1/2 of the lime juice and basil.
- For the rice noodles you can add them into the beef or you can put the beef over the top. I prefer to put my beef over the top of the noodles.
- To make the thai salsa stir together the chopped bell pepper, peanuts and lime juice.
- For each bowl add in rice noodle then top with the beef. Then add in the "salsa", carrots, green onion, and mint.
Honestly this is an easy one and I know we all probably have some ground beef in the freezer. We have been graced with the nicest weather ever (80's) this week but I think fall is about to come. Normally I am so ready for the fall weather but with the kids I think winter secretly scares me. During covid (when it hit we were in Arizona) we have spent SOOOO much time outside. I am not looking forward to the cold winter and mostly when it starts getting dark at 4:30. So as much as I love a good fall sweater or butternut squash soup this year I'm holding onto summer FOREVER!