It’s shaken baby!
Oh my gosh, did I really just say that?
Wow, the older I get the more embarrassing I become. What’s up with that? I try to be all cool, but all I’ve got is cheesy? Ugh. Really, I am just not cool.
And apparently I am super bad at grocery shopping too because I swear I go to the store every single day. Many times I can get one of my many family members to go for me. I gotta say, that is one of the perks of still living at home and two, having a house full a people.
But aside from becoming cheesy and going to the store daily, you know what is really the worst?
Walking in the door, opening the fridge and realizing you bought a gazillian and one things, but somehow managed to forget the two items needed most. The two items you actually went to the store for! Seriously, why does this happen?
And you know the worst part? I wrote them in BIG letters on my list… and I still never got them!
Here is my problem, I write these lists and somehow they do actually make it into the store with me (that is a miracle right there), but then I set the list in my cart. And then the cart starts piling up, and then it get’s lost under the giant bag of avocados, boxes of strawberries, gallons of milk and cans of coconut milk and so on and so on. Then by the time I get to the check out the cart is overflowing and I think, oh yeah, I got everything.
The cart’s packed to the brim, how could I not have gotten everything.
A lot of times I will find the list as I unload and then run through the store grabbing the last few items, all while I am probably annoying the heck out of the cashier… not to mention the people behind me. Normally I am buying enough stuff that I have time to run back, so it’s ok. But this last time, I never even looked at the list. Mistake. Lesson learned – LOOK OVER THE LIST.
Soo, this meal?
It’s making all my meat loving brothers crazy jealous right now.
Well minus all the veggies of course, but the beef and rice? Oh yeah, they are dying right now. The verdict? It’s Creighton AND Tieghan approved.
Vietnamese Shaken Beef Bowl.
- 1 pound beef chuck cubed
- 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup olive oil divided
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 lime juiced
- 6 green onions chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 red bell peppers sliced
- 2 large carrots cut into matchsticks
- 1 cucumber cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 a small head green cabbage roughly chopped
- 1 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup roasted peanuts chopped
- 4 cups steamed white rice
Add the cubed meat to a bowl and toss with the garlic, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss well and let the meat sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce and rice vinegar.
During this time I like to make the rice, prep the veggies and make the hoisin sauce so it is all ready to go when the beef is done.
Once the meat has sat for 1 hour, heat a large heavy bottomed skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the remaining olive oil (a little less than 1/3 cup) and heat until just barely smoking. Carefully add the meat and cook undisturbed, over high heat for 1 minute or until browned. Turn the meat and cook for 1 minute longer or until browned. Tilt the skillet and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of oil into an old can or jar. Add the bell peppers and saute 1 minute. Add the green onions and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the soy sauce mixture, shaking the skillet to coat the meat. Add the butter and shake the pan until the butter is melted. Turn off the heat.
Divide the rice among 4 bowls. Add the carrots, cucumbers. cabbage, cilantro and mint. Pour the beef + peppers over the rice. Garnish with chopped peanuts and serve with the Hoisin Sauce.
To Make the Hoisin Sauce
Combine the hoisin sauce, peanut butter, sweet thai chili sauce, sesame oil and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine and add water as needed to thin the sauce out. Serve with the bowls.
And that’s a miracle… we never agree on food.