Healthy Spicy Thai Steak Salad

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Photo by James Ransom

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Re-creating restaurant dishes at home can be, well let’s go with challenging, although at my house, disastrous would be more accurate.

But, if you love Thai food, this is a recipe that will not disappoint you!

Perfectly seared steak is marinated in a fragrant dressing that guarantees that you will get the full Thai flavor you crave.

 Ingredients

1 pound steak (flank, top sirloin)
1 to 2 fresh red chilies (bird’s eye brand used in original recipe)
3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon sugar*
4 tablespoons fish sauce
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4-6
fresh chives sliced into 1-inch lengths
1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped

 Preparation

sear the unseasoned steak until browned well on both sides, and cook to medium rare or desired temperature, in a pan or on the grill. Let the steak to rest while you prepare the other ingredients.

Using a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic and chilies to create a paste. Scrape the paste into a large bowl, and add the lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Mix well to dissolve the sugar. Add the thinly sliced onions, chives, and cilantro, and toss well to combine. Next, slice the steak into thin, even slices across the grain, and add to the salad. Mix again thoroughly and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. Serve with freshly steamed rice.

Serves 4

*for a healthier version substitute with Stevia or other natural sweetener

Adapted from original Spicy Thai Steak Salad recipe by merav

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The Best Way to Free Your Hands of Garlic Odors

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There is a time and a place for garlic and its heady aroma — that place is not on your hands.

Garlic enhances just about every type of dish we can think of.

Less desirable? The raw garlic aroma that lingers on your fingertips no matter how many times you wash them. So how about some clove-r tips to get rid of the smell?

What do you think is the best way to remove the smell of garlic from your hands? Add your two cents to the question over on Facebook here or continue the conversation in the comments below! 

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The Best Way to Free Your Hands of Garlic Odors

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Fattoush

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WHO: Rivka is a healthcare consultant and food blogger living in Washington, DC — and an all-star Food52er.

WHAT: A classic Middle Eastern salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and pita — all dressed up for the peak of tomato season.

HOW: Whisk together a bright, herby dressing, toss with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and pita. Let marinate for a half hour, then serve.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Rivka’s dressing, tart with pomegranate molasses and spiced with mint and sumac, is the perfect outfit for gorgeous greenmarket tomatoes and cucumbers. We’ll be making this salad until summer becomes fall. Note: If you want the pita to stay crunchy, add them in as a garnish just before serving.

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Fattoush

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Hard Squash Hummus

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When farmers markets close and vegetable choices dwindle, every restaurant menu seems to feature butternut squash — in soup, in pasta, or in salad.

But after a few months, even squash superfans will admit to butternut malaise.

Enter: delicata. This heirloom squash is experiencing a dramatic revival thanks to the richer flavor and softer skin of a productive variety that first hit seed markets about a decade ago.

Also known as “sweet potato squash” for its brown sugar flavor, delicata tastes like a cross between fresh corn and pumpkin pie.

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Hard Squash Hummus

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