Thai Larb is definitely one of the healthier options you’re eating out or getting takeaway.
We enjoy a homemade Thai Larb regularly as a quick and easy ‘fakeaway’ (homemade takeaway). It’s definitely not authentic but it is fresh, light and packed with flavour. I’ve made it a little bit healthier, using less sauces and more veggies to make it a healthy main meal. I’ve also used turkey mince which is leaner than chicken (which means it has less fat). You can use any mince though, chicken and pork also work well as their mild in flavour and soak up all the aromatics. You can use beef too but I’d suggest adding more garlic, ginger and herbs.
Thai Larb with Turkey Mince
This flavoursome dish makes enough to serve four large adult portions. If you serve it in lettuce cups, you’ll likely need it all to serve 4. If you serve it with rice or rice noodles, you can stretch it further. It’s also a really quick one-pan meal!
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (or peanut oil)
500g turkey mince
1 small red onion, halved and sliced
1 large handful snow peas or green beans
1 red capsicum, halves and sliced
1/2 bunch coriander (or Thai basil if you prefer)
1/2 bunch mint, roughly chopped
2 tablepsoons cashews, roughly chopped (or peanuts or almond)
1 long red chilli, sliced
1. In a small bowl, mix together the ginger, garlic, ginger, lime juice, fish sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat.
3. Add the mince and stir continuously, breaking it up as you go.
4. Once the outer edges look cooked (about 2 minutes) add the sauce and stir for another minute.
5. Add the onion, capsicum and snow peas and cook, stirring for another 3 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked but still crisp.
6. Turn off the heat and stir through the herbs.
7. Serve in lettuce cups or on a bed of rice or rice noodles. Top with the sliced chilli, nuts and a wedge of lime.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Sarah Moore is a mum, and university qualified Registered Nutritionist. She has 10 years’ experience working with families to improve their health and well-being. Sarah has a simplistic and practical approach to family nutrition and wants you to know that activated unicorn berries are not the answer to your health and wellness. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram for more healthy tips and tricks.