My friend Bobby from FlavCity has SO many recipes. I got his keto cookbook last year and I made a few dishes right off the bat.
But like most things in life, it got put to the side and I recently rediscovered it.
I made his Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups – I followed his recipe exactly for the beef filling (sans onions!) and made a different noodle salad on top using hearts of palm pasta. You can find his recipe here.
I had forgotten that he wrote this inscription in my copy 😀
Here is the lineup for my “pasta” salad:
If you are a condiment whore like me, you probably already have most of the ingredients. Although I was out of rice vinegar and stocked up on that – I puffy heart that vinegar. Also I used PB Fit in this recipe because that’s what I had on hand.
Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups with Peanut Noodle Salad
Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups with Peanut Salad – this recipe screams with flavor – I love the combo of the hot beef mixed with the cold noodle salad.
The recipe for the beef can be found on Bobby’s blog – link above – this is the recipe for the noodle salad.
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter mixed with 2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (thai chili sauce)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
juice of 1 lime
zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped sugar snap peas
1 package hearts of palm pasta
First drain the pasta for 10 minutes in a strainer. Next, heat a skillet with nothing in it over medium low heat and cook for 6 minutes – this gets all the excess moisture out of the pasta. Add to a bowl.
In the same pan, add the sesame oil and cook the peppers and peas for a few minutes. Toss in with the pasta. In a small bowl, whisk the peanut butter through rice wine vinegar and toss to coat. This is a cold salad. I made it a day ahead and it was way more flavorful the next day. I think I may use the filling to make wontons for dinner tonight.
Each wrap on all @ww plans is 3 points – I added 1/3 cup cooked rice to my wraps 🤩 Also, the whole noodle salad is only 2 points for the whole recipe – I barely used 1/4 of it in the wraps above, so am not counting points for that.
This was hearty, healthy, bright and delicious! Give hearts of palm a try, you might be surprised you’ll like it!
I’ve learned some things about this hearts of palm pasta since I’ve been using it. It comes in a plastic bag that is pantry shelf stable, and I find that if I drain it for a bit, then pan “fry” it over low heat without anything in the pan, it evaporates all the moisture from the hearts of palm. I like that texture much better.
That being said, this is not going to taste like bucatini pasta from an Italian restaurant. Its hearts of palm in the shape of pasta, so it tastes like hearts of palm, which is like the tofu of vegetables – not much flavor until you mix something with them. Here is how it looks after its dried out.
I made the noodle salad the day before I put this dinner together and it had WAY more flavor marinating overnight. The veggies were all still crunchy which was a nice texture balance with the beef.
Klassy as ever! Ha!
Here is what I thought of my dinner:
Guess what?! I am doing a live with Mariano’s tomorrow night! The event is free, you just need to register to get the zoom link – I hope you’ll join me!
Wine Wednesday! Creating the perfect ceviche with Belinda Chang & Biz Velatini of @MyBizzyKitchen
About this Event
Keep calm, stay home, drink wine with friends, and learn how to whip up the perfect ceviche! There is no corkage fee at this virtual gathering! Join Mariano’s Tastemaker and sommelier Belinda Chang and Biz Velatini of @MyBizzyKitchen as they share the perfect ceviche recipe and what wines to sip while making it!
It’s at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night – hope to see you there!