Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

Vietnamese beef and rice noodles
Vietnamese beef and rice noodles

I made this Vietnamese beef and rice noodle stir fry for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! Michael and I went to United Noodles in Minneapolis this afternoon and stocked up on some groceries that we can’t easily find, along with some of the ingredients for this dish.

Although the ingredient list looks a little long, this is actually a very quick and easy meal to make. One of the keys to this dish is the paper-thin sliced beef (you could also use pork), because it cooks extremely quickly and has a lot of surface area for the sauce to coat it. If you’re slicing your own meat, you may need to slightly increase the cooking time.

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Teriyaki-glazed meatballs and pineapple

Teriyaki-glazed meatballs and pineapple

It’s been so hot here this weekend that Michael and I decided to avoid going outside and use up some of the food in our pantry, fridge, and freezer. I was inspired by a Budget Bytes’ recipe (and the ground pork in our freezer) to make these teriyaki-glazed meatballs with pineapple for dinner tonight.

I made several modifications to the original recipe — including omitting the egg in the meatballs, using the stovetop rather than the oven, and adding pineapple. I served the meatballs with rice and steamed veggies, and it was a quick and delicious dinner! I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my dinner repertoire.

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Chilled Vietnamese noodle salad

Vietnamese noodle salad

It was hot and humid here in the twin cities today, so by the time we were thinking about making dinner, we knew we wanted something cold and refreshing. Michael suggested that we make a Vietnamese noodle salad similar to one that he tried at Bona last week. I checked out their menu online, and they describe the salad as follows:

Bún thit bò nướng: Barbecued beef spiced with lemon grass served with rice noodle, bean sprout, lettuce, cuumber, carrot, and peanut.

Though we didn’t have all of the ingredients to copy the dish, we made our own simple version of this delicious salad, and it was perfect for a hot summer evening.

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Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus

Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus
Teriyaki salmon with grilled asparagus

Michael and I like to buy fresh salmon when it’s on sale at the grocery store, and this delicious teriyaki marinade has become one of our favorite ways to prepare it. The simple marinade relies on pantry staples like soy sauce and brown sugar, so we’re sure to have all the ingredients on hand. We also like that the marinade can be prepared in the morning, making dinner preparation quick and easy when we get home from work. While the original recipe calls for grilling the salmon, we’ve found that it’s easy to bake it in the oven instead.

When we made this recipe on Tuesday night, I served it with grilled asparagus, a fresh salad, and breadsticks. It’s a delicious and simple meal that would be great for any occasion!

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