One of my favorite restaurant genre choices these days is Thai. It has so many of the components that make a perfect meal to me–lots of vegetables, flavorful sauces, and a whole lot of spice. One of my go-to’s when I eat out is spicy thai basil sauce, and I’ve been wanting to recreate it for a while. It had all the things I look for when I get it at a Thai restaurant, but it had two extra benefits: I knew exactly what went into it, and I didn’t pay $15 dollars for it! Win, win.
The process was incredibly simple: mix a sauce that was water, soy, fish sauce, and a touch of sugar. Then saute ginger, garlic, and chilis, and add the shrimp. Remove the shrimp, add the veggies, and once those are cooked put it all together again with the sauce. Let the sauce reduce, toss in the basil and lime juice, and you’re good to go. Then eat it, and be happy.
I wasn’t able to find “thai” basil (whole foods, I’m disappointed in you) but regular basil seemed to taste just fine.
Nutritional highlights: This is an amazing, balance meal. Shrimp for protein (you could easily sub chicken or tofu too), and a big mixture of veggies, amped up by plenty of garlic, ginger, chile, and a sweet/salty/savory sauce. Served with some brown rice, brown rice noodles, or soba, it’s a really filling meal that gives you a great variety of nutrients (fiber/protein/vitamins/carbs). It’s also an easily adaptable meals, so include the vegetables that you like!