Menu for the Week of August 1, 2011
We’ve been trying to use a lot of the greens from our garden… we’re not complaining though! We LOVED both the chickpea couscous salad and apple cherry slaw from my cousin’s food blog Vegelicious; they’re perfect for summer meals!
Monday: Chickpea Couscous Salad with Small Green Salad on the Side
Skoogie wasn’t sure at first but tried a mango and then I saw her sneak a chickpea and it was non-stop eating from there; O ate at least 3 helpings!
Tuesday: Grilled Steak with Sweet Slaw
Our kids love this great summer salad meal. Here is the recipe courtesy of Pete.
Mix ¼ c soy sauce, oil, 3 teaspoons ginger, and 1 garlic clove minced in sealable pyrex. Add flank steak and seal. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Grill steak until cooked to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to work surface. Let rest 10 minutes. Slice steak thinly against grain.
2-3 c of Napa Cabbage, thinly sliced
Add 2-3 Tbl vinegar (rice wine or white vinegar) to small sauce pan.
Increase heat to warm the vinegar, and then add 1-2 T of sugar (or 1 T Agave). Dissolve sugar in vinegar. move from heat, and let cool slightly. Pour vinegar-sugar
mixture over cabbage and toss.
Add a small handful of chopped mint and/or cilantro, and add to sliced cabbage mixture. Toss. Squeeze in a half lime and then add about 1 Tbl fish sauce (or more to your taste).
The sweet of the raisins and salty of the capers make for a good combo, but it wasn’t a super hit with the kids. My quest for a kid-appeal chard and pasta recipe continues….
Thursday: Beef Negimaki with Chinese Broccoli
We didn’t get to this recipe last week, so we’re trying again. You can use broccolini or broccoli too.
Friday: Grilled Pork with Hoisin Sauce and Apple Cherry Slaw
The hoisin sauce is fantastic paired with pork and the apple cherry slaw was another great way to use some of our cabbage.
½ c Hoisin Sauce
3 T Rice Vinegar
3 T Orange Juice
1 T Soy Sauce
1 T Ginger, Shredded
¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
Pinch Chinese Five Spice Powder (a new favorite spice in our house)
1 T Agave
1/2 T Sugar (Adjust sweetness to your liking)
¼ c Water
Mix together the ingredients in a small saucepan, heat on low, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens.