Thai Beef with Basil

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My brain is still on vacation mode right now. I got back home on Tuesday from a 5 day trip in Florida with my family. I missing the sunshine and warm weather already, it has been a little dreary here since I got back. I will do a post about the trip, and share some pictures soon!

Now about this recipe. It is so so good, and it comes together quickly so it is a great weeknight meal.

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Garlic and jalapeno (I scraped the seeds out) are added to the pan, and then the beef is cooked down. Then add the basil! Sadly I didn't have Thai basil, but regular basil worked just fine.

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The beef is served over brown jasmine rice, that is cooked in water and coconut milk. This is by far my favorite way to cook rice now.

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The sauce and slaw are prepped and ready. I did my slaw a bit differently than the original recipe, and it still turned out great.

The carrots add a nice color and crunch to the dish. And the basil makes it taste so fresh. I will definitely be making this again!

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[recipe title= "Thai Beef with Basil and Coconut Rice" servings="4" time= "About 1 hour"]

Coconut Rice:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat combine the rice, coconut milk, and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

Thai Beef with Basil:

Slightly adapted from Shutterbean

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (remove seeds if desired)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 cups fresh basil, chopped and divided
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the jalapeno and garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the ground beef, and season with salt and pepper. With a wooden spoon break up the beef, and cook until nicely browned and cooked through completely (8-10 minutes). Add the stock and 2 cups of basil, cook until the basil has wilted (about 2 minutes).
  2. In a small bowl toss the carrots, scallions, remaining basil, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of oil.
  3. In another small bowl mix the soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of lime juice until the sugar dissolves.
  4. To assemble layer the rice, beef, and then the slaw. Drizzle the sauce on top, and enjoy! [/recipe]

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That color!