Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Asian Taco Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Lime Rice

I can't believe our Europe trip is just around the corner, everyday I get more and more excited.  Recently I found this cool restaurant in Paris called Le Bon Georges.  I think we just might have to hit it up, especially since it was recommend by none other than David Lebovitz.  Lately I've been doing a lot of grant research for The Portland Kitchen and it sure is an interesting world, I just love reading about all of the awesome foundations and who they donate to.  Oregon seems to have a lot of amazing support and donors to education, youth, and environment...I couldn't ask for more.  Today I read about a cool new food market coming to NE Portland, it will house Flying Fish Company and Pastaworks, both of which have delicious foods.  Anyway onto the recipe, I adapted this recipe for the rice and the rest I came up with which resulted in a delicious meal.

Serves 4

The Ingredients

For rice:
4 cups cooked rice
2 medium ripe avocados
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp ground cumin
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 lb ground pork
2 tablespoons tamari
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
springs of cilantro for garnish
olive oil

The Process
1.  Mash avocados in a large mixing bowl. Stir in lime juice, rice vinegar, cilantro, cumin and garlic, then season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add mixture to rice and keep warm and set aside.

2.  Add oil to a skillet and warm to medium-high heat.  When hot add half of the onions and cook for about 1 minute.  Then add pork and garlic.  Let cook for about 5 minutes and then add the tamari.  Reduce to medium heat and continue to cook pork until it is cooked through and is no longer pink.  Drain off any excess fat before serving.

3.  Assemble bowls start with avocado cilantro lime rice and layer with tomatoes, raw onion, cilantro, and pork.  If you like you can drizzle a little more rice vinegar in your bowl too for some extra tang.

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