Monday, May 24, 2010

Real Food Menu Plan- Thai food, seafood and more

A fantastic summer meal- Pork Laab

It's almost summer in Minneapolis and things are getting hot. Farmer's markets in the Twin Cities are ramping up into full bloom, CSA farms will soon be ready to pack bushels for delivery, and our own backyard garden is beginning to look edible.

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Monday: organic chicken breasts sauteed in green curry and ginger coconut milk marinade, stir fried veggies and rice, spicy (homemade) peanut sauce for the grownups! Recipes inspired by a beautiful cookbook I received for mother's day, Cuisine for Whole Health.

Tuesday: pasture-raised lamb chops with mint gelee, beautiful purple sauerkraut, mashed sweet potatoes with Gruyere melted on top. Recipe for mint gelee can be found in one of my favorite cookbooks, Full Moon Feast.

Wednesday: Grass-fed and local beef cheeseburgers, roast broccoli and cauliflower.

Thursday: Shrimp or bay scallop pad Thai over rice noodles, with red cabbage, bell peppers and lacinato kale. I have seen a few tasty sounding recipes for pad Thai without the ubiquitous rice noodles but I think the noodle version will go over a lot better with my kids. Here's a noodle-free version that caught my eye.

Read a history of pad Thai and learn how it is commonly made at Kasma Loha-unchit website. She is the author of the best Thai cookbook I've ever had the pleasure of reading, It Rains Fishes, which will cost you a pretty penny but is well worth it.

Friday: Pork laab salad with local lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, basil and lime and chopped macadamia nuts. It is similar to what you see here.

Saturday: Grilled grass-fed rib-eye steak with local dill potato salad and creamed spinach. For many delicious creamed spinach variations see Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking volume 1, it's one of the classics of classics for all home cooks.

I'm sharing this post with Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday!

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