Weeknight Rice Noodles with Meatballs
Hands-On Time: 30 min
Total Time: 30 min
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 TBS grated or minced ginger
2 TBS sesame oil
2 TBS honey
2 tsp chili oil
1 lb ground beef
3 tsp onion powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp salt
16 ounces rice noodles
1 lb mixed sliced mushrooms of your choice (I like to include at least some shiitake)
4-5 baby bok choy, halved
Bunch scallions, white/light green parts thinly sliced, dark green parts roughly chopped
Vegetable oil for frying meatballs
Cook the noodles a minute or two shy of the package directions. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Combine the ground beef, garlic, onion powder, salt, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Shape the mixture into about 16 meatballs (1 1/2 inches across). Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs in the oil until browned and mostly cooked through, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to a separate plate or bowl. Add the mushrooms to the pan with vegetable oil and meatball drippings and cook until browned. Add bok choy and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the dark green parts of the scallions and cook another 2 minutes. Add the vegetables to the bowl with the noodles.
Add the broth to the pan and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Add the meatballs in for the last 2 minutes of cooking, turning occasionally. Pour the meatballs and sauce over the noodles and vegetables and toss to combine. Serve topped with the thinly sliced scallions.
Note: If you’d like the sauce to be slightly thicker, whisk together one tablespoon of sauce with one tablespoon of cornstarch and combine with remainder of sauce before simmering.
These are reminiscent of a savory preparation of mashed sweet potatoes, plus you get to use up a big chunk of summer produce in a somewhat novel way! Serve these with anything you’d normally serve with mashed potatoes for a tasty, colorful twist.
Mashed Garlic Butter Carrots
Hands-On Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
4 TBSP unsalted butter
Salt to taste + for cooking water
Bring salted water to a boil in a large stockpot. Once boiling, add carrots and garlic and continue to boil until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain the carrots and garlic and place in a medium bowl with butter. Using a fork or potato masher (I use this one from Williams-Sonoma and like it) mash the carrots and garlic together until they’ve reached a mostly smooth consistency. Season with additional salt to taste.
I’m obsessed with cooking steaks sous-vide. It always turns out perfectly, you can set it and forget it while you prepare the rest of dinner, and it’s overall less messy. Yes, you still need to use a pan or grill to sear the meat before serving, but the pan gets less dirty than it would if you were fully cooking the steaks in it. Topped with some carrot top chimichurri prepared while the steaks were cooking away with no effort by you? Mmmm. Perfect. I use and love Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps (I am generally wary of IoT and bluetooth connected appliances, but the app has SO many cool cooking guides and the machine works fantastically) but there are a lot of great options out there.
Sous Vide Steak with Carrot Top Chimichurri
Hands-On Time: 25 min
Total Time: 1hr
2 lbs sirloin steak
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or butter
1 1/2 TBSP kosher salt
One batch of Carrot Top Chimichurri
Place steak in a gallon sized, freezer-safe zip-top bag and add 1/4 cup of the olive oil or butter and the salt. Cook according to directions from whatever sous vide mechanism you’re working with.
Once the steak has finished cooking, heat a large pan with the remaining olive oil or butter over medium-high heat. Sear the steaks for 1-2 minutes per side, or until the meat no longer sticks to the pan and has a nice brown crust.
Remove the steaks from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve topped with the chimichurri.