So excited about today’s recipe, because it comes from a brand new book that you are going to love (book images courtesy of Aurora Satler)!
The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook is written by Aurora Satler and Allison Childress, with the goal of anticipating every new parent’s cooking need – from stocking the freezer for those first days home from the hospital, to nutritious foods for breastfeeding, and methods for introducing your child to new flavors and textures:
“Nutrition begins in the womb, and healthy habits are passed down from the parents. This book will set the foundation for your child to be a healthy eater who enjoys a wide variety of foods right from the start.”
And talk about credentials. Aurora is a graduate from New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education, owned her own catering company, and spent five years as creative director of the food blog Many Kitchens. Allison is a licensed dietitian, specializing in pediatric nutrition and women’s health. And needless to say they are both moms!
Now, you may be wondering why I’d be interested in a book focused on the chapter of motherhood that I have long since left behind. But after reading the it (and cooking several of the recipes) I couldn’t NOT share it with you, for a few reasons. One, many of you are still in the thick of new parenthood, and I’m always looking to share the best of everything with you. But more importantly, I was really impressed with both the ease AND sophistication of all of the recipes, making this a keeper for well beyond those early years.
And I couldn’t pick a more perfect example than this delicious steak salad!
The flavors are anything BUT bland and boring – yet not too spicy or “out there” for picky palates. There are plenty of child-friendly ingredients – sweet mango, curly ramen noodles – but this would also be perfect for an adult-only dinner party. And it couldn’t have been easier or more do-ahead – a godsend for any busy parent!
Having bought my share of “mom cookbooks” over the last few decades – both for rounds 1 AND 2 of parenthood – I can honestly say that this is one of the best I’ve come across. Take a look!
adapted slightly from The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook
6 cups water
3 3-ounce packages ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 – 3 teaspoons sriracha (optional)
juice from 1 lime
1 ripe mango, diced
3 cups shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped scallions (from 4)
1 1/2 pounds flank or skirt steak
1 avocado, diced
Bring the water to a boil, add the ramen and cook for 3 minutes. While waiting for the water to boil, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, chili sauce, sriracha (if using) and lime juice in a large bowl. Drain the ramen, add to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat. Add the mango, cabbage, basil, cilantro and scallions and toss to coat again. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate till ready to use (take it out when preparing the steak).
Season the steak with salt and pepper. Grill or saute till medium-rare and let sit, loosely tented with foil, for 10 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain.
Transfer the salad to a serving platter and top with the steak, avocado and sesame seeds.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
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Note: I was not compensated for this post. The authors kindly sent me a copy of the book to review; all comments and opinions are – as always – completely my own.