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Asian Southern Fusion Meal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
  • 2 peaches
  • 12 leaves of bibbed lettuce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 2 tsp. of hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove (or ½ tsp. garlic powder)
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots 
  • 8 oz. of sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 minced garlic clove (or ½ tsp. garlic powder)
  • 3 tbsp. of hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 oz crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Measure ½ cup of uncooked, instant brown rice and then cook according to package directions.
  3. While the rice is cooking, wash and gently pat dry the fresh produce (2 peaches and 12 leaves of bibbed lettuce). Set lettuce leaves aside. Slice the peaches in ½ and remove the pit.
  4. Place the peach halves in a baking dish with the flesh side facing up. Slide the dish in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the peaches are soft.
  5. Once the rice is finished cooking, spread it evenly on a flat cookie sheet and place the rice in the refrigerator to chill.
  6. While the rice is chilling and the peaches are baking, prepare the meat mixture by heating over medium heat 3tsp. of sesame oil in a pan and then adding 1 lb. of ground beef (90% lean; 10%fat), 2 tsp. of hoisin sauce, 2 tsp. of soy sauce and 1 minced garlic clove (or ½ tsp. garlic powder). Mix the ingredients well and then cook over medium-high heat.
  7. Once the meat begins to brown and just a little pink remains, add ½ cup of shredded carrots, and 8 oz. of sliced water chestnuts drained and chopped and continue cooking until no pink remains in the meat and the carrots are crisp tender.
  8. While the meat is finishing cooking, quickly make the sauce by whisking together ⅓ cup of smooth peanut butter with 1 minced garlic clove (½ tsp. garlic powder), 3 tbs. of hoisin sauce, and about ¼ cup of water.
  9. Remove peaches from the oven and then sprinkle a total of 2oz of crumbled, blue cheese over the peaches (each peach should just have a dusting of blue cheese—about ½ oz.).
  10. Serve each plate with 3 lettuce wraps and ½ of a baked peach. To assemble the lettuce wraps, place 1/12th of the rice topped with 1/12th of the meat mixture on each lettuce leaf and then lightly drizzle with the sauce.

Notes:

  • Add a little “heat” by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce and/or cook with the ground beef.
  • If you aren’t sure about how the sauce will taste, don’t drizzle it on the wraps but serve it on the side, for dipping.
  • Sprinkle some green onion and/or lime zest and juice on the wraps for a little more zip.
  • This recipe tastes great with ground chicken or ground turkey too.
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