As someone who’s Vietnamese, naturally I LOVE Vietnamese food. Unfortunately, since most Vietnamese dishes contain fish sauce (a very potent, salty sauce), Bob tends to not like it so much. Many non-Vietnamese people probably feel the same way. Even so, there are a few dishes that many people, regardless of their cultural background, seem to gravitate towards. One dish is called Pho, a noodle soup with a base made from cooking bone marrow, onions, and ginger. It takes many many hours to get the right flavors for the broth and is served with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken. Another dish you may have heard of is called Banh Mi. A French-influenced sandwich stuffed with a variety of meats and usually includes an asian mayo, soy sauce, and pickled carrots and daikon. Finally, there is the ever-so-popular Bo Luc Lac or “Shaking Beef.” A dish made with tender, cubed steak and usually served with rice and a vinaigrette salad.
My mom is an EXCEPTIONAL Vietnamese cook. Really, I’m not just saying that because I’m her daughter 🙂 Needless to say, I will never cook at her level by any means. She wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to make the perfect Pho broth and is constantly being praised left and right for her cooking. Well, I won’t be waking up at the break of dawn to cook any time soon but what I can do is make a Dukan-friendly version of this dish: Bo Luc Lac. Do NOT be afraid of the fish sauce, it really gives the dish a great flavor! In fact, one of the winners of Top Chef was a Vietnamese chef that was known to put fish sauce in ALL of his culinary creations!
2 lbs lean steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs splenda brown sugar
1 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbs fish sauce
1/2 onion, sliced
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow steak to marinate.
Heat a wok/large pan on high heat with cooking spray.
Cook steak/onions in batches to avoid overcrowding the meat. Brown on all sides. (note: you want to cook the meat fast to get the nice brown color while keeping the meat tender)
Optional: Serve with some fresh, sliced cucumbers.
Quick update: My weight is still lingering in the 116s and is being very stubborn! In fact, the only day this week that I actually lost weight was when I had a little cheat meal and had a 6 inch Subway Club. Could it be that my body has gotten used to the Dukan Diet? The last few pounds is indeed the MOST difficult to lose! On a lighter note, the adoption event I volunteered at over the weekend went well and we adopted out 20 dogs in just that one day! I’m sooo happy for those lovebugs. They ALL deserve forever homes!
14 oz Turkey Smoked Sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low-fat pasta sauce
salt & pepper to taste
low-fat parmesan cheese for garnish
optional: 1 cup sliced mushrooms
In a large pan, heat cooking spray over medium heat.
Add sausage and cook until brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
In the same pan, add bell peppers, onions, garlic, and salt & pepper to taste. Spray with cooking spray.
Brown until soft while scraping the bottom of the pan.
Return sausage to the pan with the peppers and add pasta sauce.
Allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese.
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8 chicken thighs, skin removed
salt & pepper
1 large onion, cut into large chunks
1 cup fat free chicken broth
3 tbs low-fat honey mustard
1 tbs cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tbs hot water
1 tsp splenda brown sugar
1 tbs fresh parsely, chopped
Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Season chicken thighs with salt & pepper.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat with cooking spray.
Place chicken with the side that had the skin down. Cook for 7 minutes until nice and brown.
Flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. Set chicken aside.
Add onions, season with salt & pepper, and brown until soft.
Add broth and honey mustard and bring to a boil.
Add the chicken (side that had the skin up) back into the skillet.
Place skillet in the oven and roast for 13 minutes or temperature is at 160 degrees.
Remove from oven and use a slotted spoon to transfer chicken and onions to a bowl and set aside.
Over medium heat, add brown sugar and cornstarch mixture.
Stirring constantly, bring sauce to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Pour sauce over chicken and onions.