About this recipe: Strips of richly flavoured sirloin steak and shiitake mushrooms sit atop a bed of slightly wilted mixed salad leaves, with a mound of warm soba (buckwheat noodles) and a soy, ginger and sesame dressing.
Red meat such as beef is a nutritious protein-rich food. Beef is an excellent source of zinc and a useful source of iron, and it provides B vitamins and vitamin D. * Shiitake mushrooms contain a compound called lentinan, which is believed to help strengthen the immune system. The mushrooms are also thought to help protect against cancer by preventing normal cells from developing into tumours and by inhibiting tumour growth. * Ginger is a natural remedy for travel sickness and morning sickness. Astronauts at NASA use ginger to prevent motion sickness because, unlike conventional anti-nausea medicines, it doesn't cause drowsiness. It is also believed to aid digestion and help the body fight off colds.
If mooli is not available, use red radishes cut into thin slices – their bright colour is very pleasing in the salad. * If you cannot find soba, you can use any Chinese or Asian noodle, such as cellophane noodles or medium egg noodles. * For an Italian steak and pasta salad, rub the steaks with a mixture of 1 chopped garlic clove, ½ tsp mixed dried Italian herbs and 1½ tsp extra virgin olive oil. For the dressing, mix together 5 finely chopped plum tomatoes, 1 chopped garlic clove, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, a handful of fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped, 2 tbsp tomato purée, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and ½ tsp caster sugar. Instead of soba, use 250 g (8½ oz) penne or other pasta shapes, cooking them for 10–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente; drain (omit the sugarsnap peas). Toss the salad leaves with half of the tomato-basil dressing and arrange on a platter or 4 serving plates. Scatter 1 small courgette, cut into matchstick strips, and 1 red pepper, thinly sliced, around the edge. Toss the hot pasta with most of the remaining dressing and spoon it into the middle of the salad. Thinly slice the grilled steak, arrange on the pasta and spoon on the rest of the dressing.
B1, B6, B12, C, niacin, copper, zinc * B2, E, iron, selenium * folate