Colorado Beef and Turkey Laab (Laab Neua Ki Ngwng)
This was a completely satisfying paleo dinner, from the noodles, to the veggies, meat and garnish. I used Shirataki white yam noodles for my base, and it was divine (I'm not sure if these are paleo, but they're certainly grain-free and I feel great after eating them). Make sure you rinse the noodles well and cook according to package directions.
Laab is one of my favorite dishes at Thai restaurants. It's a traditional dish of meat, herbs, lime and fish sauce. I wasn't able to find plain ground pork today, so I used half beef and half turkey, and I thought the mix of the two meats' flavors was superior to pork alone.
I call this "Colorado Laab" because we often can't find fresh lemongrass or other traditional Thai staples in the Rocky Mountains (and I usually use less than half of the fish sauce called for in Thai recipes as well). This dish was made with my pantry staples, and it is delicious. Read on, and enjoy a Thai night soon.
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground turkey
2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
1 T. ginger, shaved or very finely minced
1 t. agave syrup
1/4 t. crushed red pepper (or more to taste)
2 t. paprika
2 T. fish sauce
3 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 c. mint leaves, thinly sliced (extra mint leaves for pretty garnish)
1/4 c. basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 T. finely sliced red onion for garnish
1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, julienned
2 T. red onion, minced
Thai Slaw Dressing
1/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 T water
1 T. white wine vinegar
1-1/2 T. fish sauce
2 T. olive oil
2 t. agave
2 T. scallions, finely minced
2 T. mint, finely minced
1/2 t. paprika (and/or chile flakes to taste)
1 package Shirataki Noodles (white yam, not tofu) or sticky rice
chopped peanuts or cashews for garnish
Sriracha sauce for added heat
Brown the beef, turkey, salt and pepper together in olive oil. Drain and set aside.
Saute the onion in olive oil until translucent.Add the garlic and ginger and saute for one minute more. Add in meat, agave, pepper, fish sauce and combine over medium heat. Add in lime juice and stir well. Reserve the sliced scallions and herbs and add just before serving.
For the Thai Slaw, combine cabbage, carrots and onion and toss together. Toss with ~2 T of the dressing (or to taste). Serve immediately. If you're short on time, simply enjoy the slaw veggies without dressing or add a dash of lime juice, olive oil, and salt into your cabbage and toss well.
Serve the laab atop the slaw with rice or noodles on the side.
Garnish with chopped peanuts or cashews.
Have some Sriracha sauce on hand for added heat.
(a polite way of saying "eat!" in Thai)