Our co-founder Amanda Hesser and her family cook and eat together often—and this bright Thai-inspired steak salad is one of their go-tos. We partnered with Beef Checkoff to give you a seat at their table and see how they use steak throughout the week.
We're big proponents of strategies to batch your cooking in one time frame and then use what you've made throughout the next few days, or even the following week—we like the idea of it so much, in fact, that our co-founders have written a book about it!
Cooking lots of food at once (to dole out during the week) is also a pretty fun and functional way to get everyone cooking together, be it partners, roommates, or families. We caught up with our co-founder Amanda and her 10-year-old twins Walker and Addison in their own kitchen in Brooklyn while they prepped one of Amanda's favorite cook-ahead meals, Spicy Thai Steak Salad from our community member Merav. Lately, the kids have been joining Amanda more often than not while she's cooking.
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"The kids now are just so comfortable in the kitchen, and we should be getting them in there, because it will really make for a lifetime of better eating," Amanda says in the video above. "They're certainly way more advanced than I was at their age!"
When she cooks steak, Amanda explains, she'll often buy more than she needs, maybe for a couple of meals. Then she'll cook a bunch, and the steak she isn't using she'll just save in a container in the fridge to riff with throughout the week. (You can find the additional recipes she mentions in the video in her and Merrill's new book, A New Way to Dinner.) There's a special trick to the marinade for the steak in this salad—so watch the video above and then check out the recipe to double (or triple!) for your own salads, sandwiches, and more.
We teamed up the Beef Checkoff to share recipes, tips, and videos all season long, showing you how to prep and cook beef at home like you've been doing it forever.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).