Monday, October 6, 2014

Thai Orange Sesame Wild Rice Salad

This is a slight adaptation to a recipe that I have made before. Instead of ground beef, I am using a pack of original neat. neat is a healthy meat replacement that is soy free and gluten free. The product uses chickpeas and pecans instead of soy. It turn out super duper delish!

This sweet and tangy one dish complete meal is a definite must try. Make a big batch and pack it for a healthy lunch at work!

Ingredients (serves about 6 to 8):
4 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups broccoli, cut into bite size florets
1 cup yellow bell peppers, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup red bell peppers, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup carrots, cut into bite size pieces
1 packet original neat, cooked per package instructions
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Thai basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce (whisk together):
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
3 tablespoons tamarind sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1.5 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
0.5teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon ground pepper 

1. First make sauce by whisking all sauce ingredients together in a bowl until well mixed.
2. Prepare a packet of original Neat per instructions, like ground beef. Then set aside in a large mixing bowl.
3. Prepare a steamer and lightly steam vegetables for until slightly tender but still crunchy (6 to 8 minutes). Add steamed vegetable immediately to Neat in the mixing bowl.
4.Then add chopped Thai basil and sauce and mix well to combine thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired.
5. Serve warm or room temperature or cold.

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