Curry Coconut Stew with Fresh Herbs

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6 servings   

1 square extra-firm tofu, about ¾ pound) cut horizontally into 1-inch slabs

2 medium red onions, peeled, ends trimmed and cut into small dice, about 3 cups

1 ¼ pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded, (or one12-ounce package)

½ pound (or 12-ounce bag) trimmed green beans, cut on the diagonal in half

Curry Seasonings:

2 ½-inch slices fresh ginger, peeled, about the size of a quarter

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Sauce (combine all in a small bowl):

1 ½ cans l(13.5 ounces each) light  unsweetened coconut milk

3 tablespoons fish or soy sauce

1 ½ tablespoons sugar

 

1 ½ tablespoons virgin olive oil

1 pound baby carrots

½ cup shredded fresh basil leaves (optional)

 

1. Wrap the slabs of tofu in paper towels and set a heavy weight, such as a heavy skillet, on top and let stand 15 minutes to remove excess water. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Cut the butternut squash into 1 ½-inch squares.

2. Drop the Curry Seasonings into the feed tube of a food processor fitted with a metal blade while the machine is running. Turn the machine on and off to chop the seasonings evenly and mince to a coarse powder.

3. Heat the oil in a heavy casserole or a Dutch oven over medium low heat until very hot, about 20 seconds. Add the Curry Seasonings and diced onions and cook, partially covered, over medium-low heat and stirring with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes until the onion is tender and the seasonings are fragrant. Add the Sauce and bring to a boil. Add the tofu, c, squash, and carrots and stir to coat the vegetables with the sauce. Bring the mixture back to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the squash is al dente.

4. Add the green beans and stir. Continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the green beans are tender. Sprinkle in the fresh basil (if using) and toss lightly for a few seconds to coat. Scoop into a serving dish or serve from the casserole with rice or another whole grain.

Saucy Garlic-Roasted Pork with Broccoli Slaw

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4 to 6 Servings

 

1 ½ pounds boneless pork tenderloin or center-cut pork loin, trimmed fo fat and gristle

Marinade/Sauce: (mix together in a bowl)

¾ cup hoisin sauce

5 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine or sake

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

½ cup water

 

1 bag (9 ounces) shredded broccoli slaw (3 ½ cups)

1 ½ cups grated carrots

½ pound angel hair pasta

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

 

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.

2. Put the trimmed pork in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the Marinade over the pork and spread to cover the surface. Pour the remaining marinade into a small saucepan and set aside. Place the pork and its marinade in the prepared pan and roast, periodically spooning the marinade on top, for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. Remove and let cool slightly. Cut across the grain, into thin slices. Pour the remaining marinade/sauce into a small saucepan and set aside.

3. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the broccoli slaw and shredded carrots and blanch briefly for 40 seconds. Remove with a handled strainer and place in a colander. Refresh under cold, running water, and drain again. Bring the water back to a boil again and add the noodles. Cook a bit less than the package instructions indicate, until al dente. Drain the noodles into a colander and rinse under cold, running water. Drain again and using kitchen shears, cut into 4-6-inch lengths. Toss the noodles with the toasted sesame oil and arrange on a deep serving platter or in a bowl, leaving a slight well in the center.

4. Bring the remaining marinade/sauce mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Keep warm in the saucepan.

5. Arrange the broccoli slaw and carrots in separate piles over the noodles, reserving a few of the shredded carrots to garnish. Place the slices of roasted pork in the center and drizzle a bit of the warm sauce over the slices. Sprinkle the top with the reserved shredded carrots and pour the remaining sauce in a bowl to serve. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

 

 

© Copyright Nina Simonds 2014.

EASY BASIL CHICKEN SALAD WITH SOBA NOODLES

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EASY BASIL CHICKEN SALAD WITH SOBA NOODLES  6  servings

3/4 pound snow or snap peas, ends snapped and veiny strings removed
12 ounces soba noodles

Spicy Pesto
6 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
4 scallions, white parts only, cut into 1-inch pieces (reserve the greens for the garnish)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin julienne strips
Reserved scallion greens, cut into 1/4-inch sections

Dressing (combine in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves)
1/2 cup light soy sauce, or to taste
6 tablespoons Japanese clear rice vinegar
2 tablespoons mirin, or rice wine or sake mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the snow peas and cook for 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon and drain in a strainer or colander under cold running water. Bring the water to a boil again and add the soba noodles. Once the water boils again, cook for 3 1/2 minutes, or until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse the noodles under warm running water. Drain again.

2. To make the Spicy Pesto: Drop the garlic, scallion whites, and red pepper flakes down the feed tube of a food processor while the motor is running and chop finely. Open up the bowl and add the basil leaves. Pulse, turning the machine on and off, then slowly pour the sesame and olive oil down the feed tube and chop the mixture to a fine paste. Add the lemon juice and soy sauce and continue blending until the mixture is a fairly smooth paste.

3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked soba noodles with the pesto mixture. Arrange in a large shallow bowl or platter. Sprinkle the snap peas evenly over the noodles, followed by the julienne chicken, and finishing with the scallion greens. Serve the Dressing on the side in a sauce bowl, or drizzle on top of the salad. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Variation
Substitute cooked shrimp, pork, or flavored tofu for the chicken. You can also replace the snow or snap peas with 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots, bean sprouts, or other sliced vegetables.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Basil and Fresh Lime Dressing

Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Basil and Fresh Lime Dressing

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6 servings

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and gristle

Marinade (combine in a small bowl)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic

6 ounces thin rice stick or vermicelli noodles, softened in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained
1 1/2 tablespoons olive spray or canola oil
3 cups Boston or leafy lettuce, stems trimmed and leaves cut into thin shreds
2 cups shredded or grated carrots
2 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into shreds or ripped into small pieces
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)

Vietnamese Dressing (combine in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves)
Juice of 4 to 5 limes or 2 1/2 lemons (about 2/3 cup)
1/3 cup fish sauce, or more to taste
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

1. Place the pork in a shallow dish, add the Marinade, and rub to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand while preparing the other ingredients. Mix the Dressing.

2. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add the rice noodles, swishing them around in the water for a minute or so, then drain in a colander. Refresh under cold running water and drain thoroughly.

3. Prepare a medium-hot fire for grilling and brush or spray the grill rack with the oil, or heat a skillet and heat the oil in the pan until hot, about 15 seconds. Grill or pan-sear (covered) the pork for 9 to 10 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature registers 160°F. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into thin slices about 1/4 inch thick.

4. Place the noodles in the bottom of a large serving bowl or platter and arrange the lettuce, carrots, and bean sprouts in separate concentric circles on top. Sprinkle the pork evenly over the vegetables and top with the shredded basil and chopped peanuts, if using. Pour some of the Vietnamese Dressing over the top and serve the remainder in a bowl or saucier on the side. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Grilled Miso Salmon with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers

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 Six Servings

3 English seedless cucumbers or 10 Kirby cucumbers, rinsed and drained

 

For the dressing, mixed together:

2 ¼ teaspoons salt

¾ cup Japanese rice vinegar

¾ cup sugar

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1 ½ pounds salmon fillets, skin on

 

For the marinade, mixed together:

3 tablespoons sweet, white miso (miso shiro) or to taste

3 tablespoons mirin (sweetened rice wine) or 3 tablespoons sake mixed with 1 ½ tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons minced scallion greens

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

 

For serving:

2 to 3 heads butter or Boston lettuce, cores trimmed, leaves separated, pressed to flatten, rinsed, drained and arranged in layers around the rim of a serving platter

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

 

  1. Trim ends of the cucumbers, slice them lengthwise in half, remove the seeds, and cut crosswise into paper-thin slices.  Place in a bowl, add 1 ½ teaspoons of the salt, and toss lightly.  Let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the cucumber, squeeze out the excess water, and return to the bowl.  Mix together rice vinegar, sugar, ginger, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Add to the cucumbers, toss lightly, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let marinate for 30 minutes or longer, if possible, in the refrigerator, tossing occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, place the salmon in a large bowl.  Add the marinade and toss lightly with your hands to coat the salmon.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to several hours, turning several times.
  4. Prepare a hot fire for grilling or preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.  Place the fillets about 3 inches from the source of heat or on a baking sheet on the upper rack of the oven and grill or bake, brushing with any excess marinade up until the last 5 minutes, until the fish is opaque, 4 to 5 minutes on each side.  Remove and cut the fillets into 1-inch sections along the grain of the fish.
  5. Arrange the cucumbers in the center of the platter of lettuce.  Arrange the salmon fillets on top.  Sprinkle with the chopped dill.  To eat, spoon some of the salmon with the pickled cucumbers onto a lettuce leaf, roll up, tucking in the edges, and eat with your fingers.

© Copyright Nina Simonds 2000

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