Thursday, July 29

wednesday supper: thai beef rolls

last night i tried another new recipe for summer. this email came through from the martha steward everyday food mailing list, and it's title was '13 easy no-cook meals.'

now, since it's been a little warm these afternoons and evenings, and since my house doesn't have air conditioning, and because i've come to the conclusion my oven isn't very well-insulated, i haven't used it for anything in a while, and any meal i can make without even using the stove top is great. so, i sifted through these 13 meals to find one with beef - there's an overabundance of chicken recipes these days, and i rarely rarely cook with 'yard bird.' i did find one, called thai beef rolls, and all i needed to do was pick up some deli roast beef.

and i admit, i adapted the recipe quite a bit. there was supposed to be lettuce in them, but i had a bag of spinach, and it's supposed to be just a sesame oil/ginger concoction drizzled on the tortilla, but i added in some salad dressing to make it creamy.

i knew scott would be joining me for dinner, so the whole time i worried, because i wasn't really sure if he'd like this recipe.

especially when i spread carrots over the top! (i don't have mint in my herb garden this year, so i left out the fresh mint leaves that were supposed to be with the carrots)

i also sliced up a big ol' pan of zucchini and summer squash, because we all know it shrinks quite a bit when it's fried, and between the two of us scott and i ate all of this. :-) it was so good, though.

i wrapped the tortillas in foil and put them in the fridge till scott got there, and then we sat down to enjoy the meal, and to my surprise scott not only ate his wrap, but he liked it. :-) credit to him for trying something different. i liked having the crunchy thin-cut carrots in there, and the salad dressing addition was a good idea. this recipe's a keeper!

new silverware alert: for a housewarming gift, heather brought a silverware set to my house party a few weeks back. she'd remembered how i was lamenting about running short of silverware when company's over, so between a set i picked up at ross, and this set she gave me, i'm in a lot better shape now.

here's the recipe:

Thai Beef Rolls
Yield: 4 wraps (serving size: 1 wrap)

1 1/2 T lime juice
1 T sesame oil
1 T ground fresh ginger (i used dried)
1 T minced fresh garlic (i have a jar in the fridge. it's easier than whole garlic cloves, and keeps longer)
2 t fish sauce (what? i have no idea what that is, much less have it in my cupboard.)
3/4 t sugar
4 8-in flour tortillas (i overloaded mine with filling, as usual)
2 c torn Boston lettuce (again, i used fresh spinach)
12 oz thinly sliced deli roast beef
1/2 c matchstick-cut carrots
1/4 c chopped fresh mint

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place tortillas on a work surface; brush lightly with 2 teaspoons juice mixture. Arrange 1/2 cup lettuce on each tortilla; top each with 3 ounces beef. Combine carrots and mint; arrange about 3 tablespoons carrot mixture over each serving. Drizzle each serving with about 1 tablespoon of remaining juice mixture; roll up.

Nutritional Information (although it's not quite accurate with my recipe adjustments)
Calories: 194 (29 percent from fat)
Fat: 9.5 g (sat 1.8 g, mono 2.8 g, poly 2 g)
Protein: 22.5 g
Carbohydrates: 30.3 g
Fiber: 1.1 g
Cholesterol: 47 mg
Iron: 3.8 mg
Sodium: 967 mg
Calcium: 127 mg

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