This recipe, from the "Weekend-Off Diet," is healthy while still providing plenty of flavor.
It's a good one to cook tonight so you won't feel guilty about all that greasy fair food you'll be eating once the Western Idaho Fair starts this weekend.
Yield: 4 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean beef, cut into strips
2 stalks lemon grass, chopped
6 shallots, chopped
2 green chiles, chopped
3 tablespoons tamarind paste
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar
7 ounce green papaya, shredded
Heat the oil over a high heat in a wok or skillet. Toss in the meat and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the lemon grass, shallots and chiles and stir-fry for an additional 5 minutes or until the meat is well browned.
Add the tamarind paste, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and green papaya and stir-fry for an additional 4 minutes before serving with rice.