thai food & black bean burgers

kevin and i LOVE thai food and we have been so excited to try making it! this combination of chicken pad thai, thai steak (Nash family style), and thai cucumber salad was soo soooo good 🙂

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the recipes for the pad thai and thai steak came from Aunt Janet’s thai cookbook. i’ll post pictures of them tomorrow. the most difficult ingredient to find was tamarind juice. where in the world can you get that? i searched a few asian grocery stories but couldn’t find it. finally settled on “Tamarindo,” which i found at a local organic grocery story in loma linda. it’s a combination of tamarind, water, and agave nectuar…but i’m not sure if it was the right ingredient or not. the pad thai recipe was lacking that sweet peanuty taste, so we added some crunchy peanut butter and soy sauce and it tasted perfect! next time i gotta cook the noodles a little less. kevin cooked the steak to PERFECTION! we like our steak more on the rare side 🙂 the sauce was…not quite what we expected? not your traditional steak sauce, i guess, and more like a dressing? technically it’s for a thai beef salad recipe. i still liked it but kevin wasn’t crazy about it. maybe we did something wrong? gotta ask mel…haha.

the thai cucumber salad recipe came from AllRecipes. the only thing we changed about the recipe was to use 1/4 cup of sugar (instead of 1/2), substituting a few thai chilies for 1 jalapeno, and adding chopped red onion. so refreshing and delicious! with a nice kick too.

wednesday night we made black bean burgers! we had buns leftover from last week so we decided to try another burger recipe.

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we followed this recipe from AllRecipes, because it had nearly 2000 reviews and 4.4 stars. we had to add a little more bread crumbs to get the patties to hold together, but other than that, it was perfect!

to spice it up, we topped the burger with melted swiss cheese, bacon, grilled red onions & serrano peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and a spicy lime mayo. we served these with french fries (a must!) and corn on the cob, with homemade cilantro lime butter. yum!

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