Joanne Choi has a blog called Week of Menus that I really like. I’ve written about it before. Her tagline – “Good cooking for moms with too much on their plate” sums up her approach. Food is healthy, tasty, and easy to prepare. About two weeks ago I made a meal that was composed of four of her recipes.
Two salads provides lots of fresh veggies. The first was a Curried Slaw made with green cabbage, red onions and carrots. I forgot to buy a carrot so my version was missing that extra dimension. Still, very taste as lots of curry powder gives it an exciting warmth while not being spicy.
The second salad was a Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Avocado and Cilantro. What a yummy way to use up fresh corn and cherry tomatoes. We’re fortunate to get corn year-round and while our varieties of larger tomatoes are pale and disappointing, our locally grown cherry tomatoes are also year-round winners. I didn’t measure my proportions very well and could have used a bit more avocado.
The main dish, one I’ve tried before, is Ground Pork and Green Beans over Rice. This can also be done as a lettuce wrap, which is how I did it last time. Joanne’s original recipe calls for ground turkey, but that’s not readily available here in Thailand. Made with hoisin sauce (and I added some water chestnuts), this dish has plenty of umami.
To complement the rich taste of the main course, I made the Cucumber Cilantro Salad, a pickle-like dish that was mildly spicy and a nice accompaniment. The dressing is made of soy sauce, red wine vinegar and sesame oil. A liberal sprinkling of sesame seeds and dried chili flakes added texture and flavor excitement.
Something I really like about our eating habits is that when I head to the checkout counter at the grocery store, nearly everything is a fresh vegetable, fruit or herb. There is some meat, dairy product and whole grains, but few prepared foods. I don’t say this to boast; I say this to make the point that it is possible to create really tasty, really healthy food even while living a busy life. If you would like some ideas to spark your creativity, check out Joanne’s website.