Meatball Banh Mi Wednesday, Oct 19 2016 

Slaw
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 3/4 cups shredded carrot
1 3 /4 cups shredded daikon radish
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion greens
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Meatballs
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces ground chicken breast
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped scallion whites
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce or other Asian hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 20-inch baguettes, preferably whole-wheat, cut into thirds
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1-2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce or other Asian hot sauce
36 thin slices English cucumber (about 1/2 large)
2/3 cup gently packed fresh cilantro

To prepare slaw: Whisk lime juice and sugar in a medium bowl. Add carrot, daikon, scallion greens and basil and toss to coat. Set aside.

To prepare meatballs: Preheat oven to 450 °F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Gently mix pork, chicken, water chestnuts, scallion whites, garlic, fish sauce, chile-garlic sauce and pepper in a large bowl (do not overmix). Using a generous 2 tablespoons each, make 18 meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

To assemble sandwiches: Cut each portion of baguette in half horizontally, then pull out about half of the soft bread in the center of each piece (reserve for another use, if desired). Combine mayonnaise and chile-garlic sauce to taste in a small bowl. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the mixture on each piece of baguette. Divide the reserved slaw among the sandwiches and top with cucumber and cilantro. Add 3 meatballs to each sandwich. Serve immediately.

Eating Well, March/April 2012, pages 74-75

Shrimp Pho Monday, Oct 17 2016 

12 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
Shells from 3 pounds large peeled shrimp
½ bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1½ cups chopped yellow onion
1⅓ cups chopped green bell pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (Sriracha)
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1½ pounds peeled and deveined large fresh shrimp
1 (8-ounce) package rice noodles
1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, sliced
2 limes, cut into wedges
½ cup Thai basil leaves

In a large stockpot, combine 12 cups water, broth, shells, cilantro, onion, bell pepper, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, chile-garlic sauce, and coriander. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 1 hour. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids. (At this point, the pho base can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 3 months.)

In a large stockpot, bring pho base to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add shrimp and rice noodles. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm and noodles are cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.

Serve pho topped with sliced jalapeño peppers, lime wedges, and basil. Add additional chile-garlic sauce to each serving to taste.

Louisiana Cooking, September/October 2013, page 73

Chiang Mai Pork Patties Monday, Sep 26 2016 

1 1/4 pounds ground pork
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shallots
1/4 cups finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh lemongrass
2 tablespoons thinly sliced Kaffir lime leaves or 1 tablespoon minced lime rind
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh galangal or 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 fresh Thai red bird chiles, minced
15 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
2/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
10 lime wedges

Combine pork and salt in a medium bowl; toss to combine.

Place shallots in a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Add chopped cilantro and next 5 ingredients (through chiles); process until mixture is finely chopped. Add pork mixture; pulse 5 times or until mixture is well combined.

Using wet hands, shape mixture into 15 (1-inch-thick) patties (about 2 tablespoons per patty). Heat a large grill pan over high heat. Add half of the pork patties. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat the procedure with remaining patties. Arrange 3 lettuce leaves and 3 pork patties on each of 5 plates, and serve each serving with about 1/4 cup herbs and 2 lime wedges.

Cooking Light, November 2011, pages 206-208

Spicy Pork Lettuce Cups Friday, Aug 19 2016 

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
6 garlic cloves, minced
12 ounces lean ground pork
1 1/2 cups diced seeded cucumber
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 serrano chile, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
16 Boston lettuce leaves

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing gently until just combined; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble. Place pork mixture in a large bowl. Add cucumber and next 5 ingredients (through serrano), and stir to combine.

Combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add juice mixture to pork mixture; toss. Place about 1/3 cup pork mixture in each lettuce leaf.

Cooking Light, March 2013, page 134

Spiced Lamb with Plum Sauce Tuesday, Jan 21 2014 

Lamb:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (1 1/2-pound) French-cut racks of lamb (8 ribs each)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
Cooking spray

Sauce:
1 3/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups pitted dried plums, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare lamb, combine the first 6 ingredients. Coat lamb with oil. Rub spice mixture on lamb.

Arrange onion in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray; top with lamb. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of lamb registers 130°. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut lamb into chops. Discard onions.

To prepare sauce, combine 1 3/4 cups water and next 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 20 minutes or until sauce measures 2 cups. Stir in juice. Serve sauce with lamb. Sprinkle lamb with cilantro.

Cooking Light, November 2011, page 250

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Mussels in Smoky Poblano-Cilantro Broth Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 

1 poblano chile
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
48 mussels (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and debearded
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat broiler to high.

Place chile on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 3 inches from heat for 8 minutes or until blackened and charred, turning after 6 minutes. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel, and discard skins. Chop chile.

Combine chopped chile, wine, shallots, 3 tablespoons cilantro, salt, and next 4 ingredients (through clam juice) in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Add mussels; cover and cook 3 minutes or until shells open. Remove mussels from pan with a slotted spoon. Discard unopened shells. Keep warm.

Bring wine mixture to a boil over high heat; cook until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Stir in lime juice and butter. Pour liquid over mussels; toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve immediately.

Cooking Light, April 2013, page102

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemongrass Sunday, Dec 8 2013 

2-1/2 Tbs. canola oil
2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3/4 lb.), butterflied (cut horizontally almost all the way through and then opened like a book)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 medium shallots (about 4 oz.), peeled and thinly sliced into rings
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, outer layers discarded, halved lengthwise, and smashed with the side of a chef’s knife
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. packed light brown sugar
5-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
3-1/2 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered (1-1/2 cups)
9 oz. fresh udon noodles
1 Thai bird chile (or 1 small serrano pepper), sliced into thin rings
8 large fresh torn basil leaves; plus sprigs for garnish
1 medium lime, half juiced and half cut into wedges
1 Tbs. soy sauce; more to taste
2 medium scallions, trimmed and sliced, for garnish (optional)
1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks, for garnish (optional)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)

Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, and cook without disturbing until it’s browned and releases easily from the bottom of the pot, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is browned and almost firm to the touch (just short of cooked through), 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board to cool.

Add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and the shallots to the pot. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring, until the shallots start soften, about 2 minutes. Add the lemongrass, ginger, and brown sugar and cook, stirring, until the ginger and lemongrass sizzle and become fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and raise the heat to medium high. Bring the broth to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add the mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of well-salted water to a boil and cook the noodles, stirring, until just tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander and run under cold water to cool slightly. Drain well.

Use your fingers or the tines of a fork to shred the chicken. Add the chicken and noodles to the broth and cook until the noodles are completely tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Discard the lemongrass. Stir in the chiles, torn basil, lime juice, and soy sauce; season with more soy to taste. Divide the noodles among 4 large, deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the noodles, and garnish with the basil sprigs and scallions, carrot, and cilantro, if using. Serve with the lime wedges for squeezing.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 500; Fat (g): 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): 2; Protein (g): 35; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7; Carbohydrates (g): 59; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Sodium (mg): 930; Cholesterol (mg): 45; Fiber (g): 5

Fine Cooking, Cook Fresh 2011, page 13

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Skillet Chicken Fajitas Wednesday, Dec 4 2013 

1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
2 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and sliced thin crosswise
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and sliced thin
1 onion, halved and sliced thin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons lime juice
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed

Combine chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in bowl. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with spice mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken and cook until well browned all over and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to platter and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Return now-empty skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, bell pepper, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Transfer to platter with chicken. Serve with tortillas.

Serves 4

Cook’s Country, October/November 2013, recipe card

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Spicy Shrimp Noodle Bowl Friday, Nov 22 2013 

1 pound tail-on peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
2 (1/4-inch-thick) slices peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup sugar snap peas
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ounces uncooked rice sticks
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
Lime wedges

Remove shrimp tails; set aside. Combine shrimp tails, water, broth, clam juice, and ginger in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Strain broth mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Heat olive oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, yellow onion, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add reserved broth; bring to a simmer. Add shrimp, peas, chili garlic sauce, salt, and noodles; cook 5 minutes or until noodles are done. Ladle 1 1/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Cooking Light, October 2010,  page 22

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Stuffed Cuban Pork Tenderloin Tuesday, Nov 12 2013 

1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 thin slices Swiss cheese, halved
1/3 cup chopped bread-and-butter pickles
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the tenderloin two-thirds of the way through the meat. Open halves, laying tenderloin flat. Place tenderloin between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or heavy skillet. Spread mustard evenly over pork. Sprinkle with cilantro. Arrange cheese and pickles over pork in a single layer. Roll up, starting with long side; secure pork at 1-inch intervals with twine. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.

Place the pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 22 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°, turning after 11 minutes. Remove from grill. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Cut into 12 slices.

Cooking Light, August 2013, page 88

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