Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice: $4/Serving Whole Foods Meals

A recipe for fragrant and spicy Thai basil beef served over rich coconut rice all for under $4 a serving.
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The door swings open, the screen door behind it creaking on its hinges, the winter wind whistling as the sounds of my children’s voices cut through the calm of the house. Chaos has come.

The three of them barrel through the small opening all puffy jackets and gloves, one backpack, one lunch box, one bag for snow pants and boots each. Clomp, stomp, clomp. They pound their feet off on the rug, leaving white snowy imprints across the small entry that trail behind them as they cross the living room.

Bags are shrugged off their shoulders. Coats are flung, finding their resting place across chairs and couch arms. Voices are raised, requesting food be produced for hungry stomachs. Homework is done while snacks are consumed. Dinner is started as spelling words are read.

My nightly to-do lists beyond dinner and homework always include sports practices on various nights, but lately they’ve also required stops at Target and Michael’s and bookstores on the way home, trying to smash every bit of holiday cheer into one evening. Most nights I feel like I’m gasping for breath, running a marathon where I can’t seem to keep pace. The dark descends early these days, and the cold always feels a bit more unbearable once the sun is gone.
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The feeling of too little time for all that needs to be done is one not unique to me. Too many families deal with the same, the stretching of minutes so thin you wonder how to make moments in the middle of them. Whole Foods invited me to share a quick and easy meal for those too-busy weeknights that also came in on the budget-friendly scale, and I laughed heartily in the midst of the chaos that was consuming me.

The produce section in Whole Foods is one I always find inspirational. Standing in front of a wall of green and rainbow-colored vegetables, I often have to restrain myself from purchasing more than we’d ever eat before they withered and wilted. As I made my way through root vegetables and greens thinking of what to make for $4 a serving, I realized that I didn’t want to do the things that were predictable. Red beans and rice, anything made with flour (you can make a lovely leaning tower of pancakes and eggs for $4 a serving), lentils, grits. Some of my favorite ways to stretch a budget, but expected. Instead, I wanted to make a meal that more accurately reflected the ideal way we eat. My husband had pulled a recipe for Thai Basil Beef from the November issue of Bon Appetit and was insisting we make it for dinner one night, and I was inclined to make that be the meal to share. Vibrant colors, bold flavors, green to chase away winter’s grey.

The Breakdown

  • Eye of Round Beef $7.99/lb (1.5 lbs): $11.98
  • 13.5-ounce can Coconut Milk: $2.19
  • 32 ounces Jasmine Rice: $2.99
  • Thai Basil (whole plant): $4
  • 4-5 Scallions: $1
  • 2 Whole Carrots: $0.50
  • 2 Thai Chiles: $0.20
  • 1 Lime: $0.25
  • Olive Oil: $0.25
  • Soy Sauce: $0.15
  • Fish Sauce: $0.10
  • Honey: $0.20
  • 4 Garlic Cloves: $0.15

Total Cost: $23.96
Cost Per Serving: $3.99

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Adjusting a Recipe to Fit the Budget

The first time we made this we followed the recipe exactly aside from using beef strips instead of ground beef (chicken stock to simmer the beef, fewer green onions, brown sugar in the sauce). Using steak, however, there is no need to simmer the beef in chicken stock. It doesn’t add anything, and the beef cooks better without it. Instead, allowing some of the finishing sauce to be added to the pan to help wilt the basil imparts a bit of that briny and acrid taste to penetrate the beef, which makes the final product take on a bit more bold characteristic.

Round steak is not necessary, but it was a decent price for a good cut of meat. You could easily go back to ground beef for this recipe and end up with a lower cost per serving. I’d still pour a bit of the sauce over at the end of cooking when you add the basil to get a bit more of that flavor soaked into the beef. To save even more, you can serve over regular white or brown rice, no coconut needed. However, you won’t want to do that.

The coconut rice is a cheater rice, substituting coconut milk for some of the water in cooking rice. It’s easiest in the rice cooker, where the coconut flavor ends up a bit more pronounced, but it works on the stove as well. The end result is a bit of a luxurious rice, richer than plain white rice and with a slight coconut flavor. You’ll notice the recipe gives you extra rice servings. This is because I like leftovers, but also because my kids eat it like candy, so having extra doesn’t really meal there will be any to save.

Oh basil. Basil can get expensive. One little container is about $2.99, but that gives you nearly enough to make this recipe. You could do it with that without losing much flavor or hindering the experience. (Meals as experience, brought to you by the Olmanson Family.) Much to my delight, Whole Foods has 4″ pots of organic herbs in the produce department. Everything from Thai basil to rosemary to cilantro was available. This was more than enough basil, plus I set the plant in my windowsill to add to my winter herb garden.

Do It Ahead

  • Make the coconut rice ahead of time. In a rice cooker it can be made earlier in the day and kept on the warm setting, but you can make this a day ahead of time and reheat it with the meal. The coconut milk in the rice ends up making this reheat softer and fluffier than if you just had leftover white rice hanging out in the refrigerator.
  • The sauce can be mixed ahead and has no problem sitting around waiting for you to mix it up.
  • The basil salad that goes on top is also well suited to hanging in the fridge. Don’t dress it with the lime juice and oil just yet, but slicing the vegetables wont’ harm them.
  • {or} Don’t do anything ahead. Once the rice is cooking, the rest of this meal comes together quickly. From start to finish you can easily get it done in 30-35 minutes, which passes the test for weeknight meals in my house.

Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice



  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ pounds round steak or other beef cut, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 small red chiles, finely sliced (seeds optional)
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • Coconut rice for serving (below)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, and half the lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok. Add in the beef, garlic, and the chiles. Cook until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Add in 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce mixture and 1 cup of basil leaves. Cook just until the basil wilts.
  3. Combine the remaining 1 cup of basil leaves, julienned carrots, and the green onions. Whisk the remaining olive oil into the remaining lime juice and drizzle over the top of the fresh basil. Toss to coat.
  4. Serve the beef over coconut rice, topped with the fresh basil salad, and drizzled with the remaining sauce.
  5. Makes 6 servings.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 6

Coconut Rice



  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
  • 6¼ cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups jasmine or basmati rice, rinsed


  1. Mix together the coconut milk, water, and the salt in a large saucepan with a lid. Bring to a boil, and then stir in the rice.
  2. Cover and continue cooking for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is firm but tender.
  3. Makes 8 servings.


In a rice cooker add 4 cups jasmine or basmati rice, rinsed, 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk, and a pinch of salt. Mix together the rice, coconut milk, and the salt. Add the water to the fill line. Place in the rice cooker and cook until finished. Enjoy.
Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 8

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Disclaimer: Whole Foods is providing the gift card for the giveaway, and they provided me with the same gift card to help cover recipe development costs. All opinions, meandering thought processes, recipe rewrites, lamenting, and singsong niceties are my own.


  1. Love this, Shaina! 🙂

  2. I think this might be my dinner very very soon!

  3. I always find great products at Whole Foods & I think my family would enjoy this meal.

  4. I have to say this looks wonderful and the recipe is not too hard. And knowing I can get these ingredients at Whole Foods is great. I’ve never made Thai food, and now I really want to and this is perfect.

  5. This looks like an absolute wonderful meal. I love Whole Foods. I like that all of the products for this meal can be at Whole Foods. One less run around. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  6. This looks so delicious! I love this recipe.

  7. Laurie Sexton says:

    Sounds good and I am going to try this week.

  8. This sounds and looks great. Happy Holidays to everyone!

  9. Whole foods has the best products!

  10. Love Whole Foods. Thanks for the great dinner idea

  11. Mmm, basil is my favorite herb!

  12. looks amazing girl!

  13. Irene McPhee says:

    Love Whole Foods and I can’t wait to try this recipe .

  14. This recipe looks so wonderful and healthy. I love Whole Foods.

  15. Mmm!! This look so great! My family love these flavors!

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  18. jari wietfeldt says:

    looks yummy!

  19. This looks so good! I’m visiting Whole Foods this weekend for our gluten free holiday dinner items.

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  21. Mary Fortuner says:

    Sounds wonderful

  22. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  23. Jennifer M. says:

    Looks amazing, but I think I’d make traditional steamed rice. I don’t know how my hubby would like the coconut rice!

  24. Tenley Erickson says:

    I love Thai food! This is such an elegant dish that doesn’t seem so complicated to make. Love it!

  25. Looks delicious! I love coconut rice!

  26. Joyce Thompson says:

    I absolutely LOVE Whole Foods, and woulD LOVE the $100!!!

  27. looks great!

  28. very tasty sounding.

  29. Looks delicious. I need to make a low sodium version. I know there is low sodium soy sauce. I wonder about the fish sauce though.

  30. Whole Foods is my favorite place to shop. I’ll have to make this recipe;
    it looks and sounds delicious.

  31. Maureen Butcher says:

    It really looks delicious and I especially like the tip for making coconut rice!

  32. nadya kotik says:

    i never tried coconut rice. sounds good! Whole foods is a great store! love it!

  33. Lindsey C. says:

    I love that you can shop at Whole Foods and create delicious meals and still be economical!

  34. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    looks yummy! also very affordable!

  35. I love shopping at Whole Foods. I know the quality will be awesome and the selection amazing. This recipe looks so yummy!

  36. I love Fresh Herbs

  37. what a great giveaway! thank you 🙂

  38. Marti Smith says:

    This looks scrumptious! So need to try this! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity!

  39. Only just recently had the privilege of visiting a Whole Foods and I am in love!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. I love the produce section at Whole Foods – definitely find inspiration just perusing through all the fresh fruits and vegetables. Love this dish you created Shaina!

  41. I love cooking Jasmine rice! I will have to try this recipe to switch things up a bit!

  42. Who doesn’t like coconut rice!

  43. yummy!

  44. Looks great

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  47. Roxanne Williamson says:

    Wonderful produce–so healthy

  48. Wow, the Thai Basil beef sounds delicious. I’m gonna have to make it, I know my whole family will love it!

  49. natalie radbill says:

    Whole Foods carries thing I can not find in other stores. Great for bakers.

  50. What a great recipe, I know it would be well received here in our house. We just got a rice cooker, too, so I’ll be trying your coconut rice. I wish we had a Whole Foods closer to us, I always love shopping there!

  51. I love the produce at Whole Foods!

  52. Looks great!

  53. the coconut rice component sounds delicious! i’m always trying to make quality meals on a budget. thanks for the recipe!

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  54. I love thai basil! Great recipe!

  55. Yum. Looks amazing.

  56. Cathy French says:

    I would love to shop at Whole Foods but cannot afford it. This gc would be an awesome prize to win. These recipes you posted also look very good.

  57. Jeri Thurber says:

    Sounds wonderful!


  59. Susan Broughton says:

    I could sure use a gift certificate!

  60. Oh my gosh this sure does look delicious! I have been trying to incorporate more rice in my diet lately so this recipe will be great for my family to try! I have never heard of Coconut Rice before, is it good? Anyway, thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

  61. Amy Jarratt says:

    Love Whole Foods !

  62. looks good

  63. Debbie Welchert says:

    This looks so good.

  64. I love Whole Foods. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

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  66. This looks absolutely delicious. I’m pinning now! I love Whole Foods.

  67. love their produce and bulk bin items

  68. Yum! I might have to try this tonight!

  69. This looks so good!

  70. Oh my, that looks super awesome and delicious! I love coconut rice, and love all the fresh ingredients at whole foods!

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  72. I like the coconut rice recipe and i would take this thai basil without the beef instead use something else as I’m vegetarian. I like the whole foods healthy concept recipes!

  73. Whole Foods has a nice selection of coffee.

  74. rita leonard says:

    I love the selection at Whole Foods

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  76. Vicky Watkins says:

    Sounds delicious

  77. Hanadia Roby says:

    I hope I win!

  78. sounds like a taste vacation!

  79. chris hoey says:


  80. I love all things food!! I can give my family a feast with this gift card.

  81. Tom Bellamy says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and Merry Christmas to you!

  82. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Looks yummy, love to try new recipes.

  83. Monica Eggleton says:

    Love to eat whole grains and fresh veggies. Having such a great recipe visualized is super. Great site. Great ideas!

  84. Philip Lawrence says:

    Sounds healthy!

  85. Nikki Chaffin says:

    Would love to have Whole Foods again one day.

  86. That looks so good.

  87. Candice Montgomery says:

    Delicious looking recipe, thanks for this.

  88. Sounds good!

  89. I love basil and this sounds like a good recipe. I’ll have to make it.

  90. Hope Unterschuetz says:

    My comment to win.

  91. I love Whole Foods! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Beautiful webpage. Recipe looks delicious.

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  94. christine burd says:

    Beautiful picture of the finished product!

  95. That recipe sounds super yummy!

  96. Starla bates says:

    This looks so good! I love Whole Foods 🙂

  97. Cynthia Cover says:

    I would have never thought of adding coconut to the rice while cooking, what a smart idea!

  98. love to cook

  99. Lorina Padgett says:

    I’ve only had Coconut rice once. Did not realize it was so easy to make.

  100. Always good to see a new recipe!

  101. Dawn Mateo de Acosta says:

    Whole Foods is a great store, Thank You for the chance to win the $100. The Basil Beef and Coconut Rice sounds good.

  102. I love Whole Foods, and this recipe looks amazing. I would love to win the GC to Whole Foods to try it out.

  103. coconut rice sounds good

  104. Looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to try the coconut rice.

  105. I am salivating thinking about coconut rice now. Will try this recipe soon!

  106. Never had coconut rice but would love to try it…..look delish!

  107. Sara Wagner says:

    This recipe looks amazing!

  108. Presentation is a big part of it – these foods “look” great!

  109. BEEF IS GOOD !!!!!!!!!

  110. julie murphy says:

    my husband would like this

  111. Debbie Clauer says:

    This gift card would be easy to spend.

  112. Looks yummy :+)

  113. Wendy Williams says:

    This is making me h-u-n-g-r-y

  114. Allison Downes says:

    Oh wow, this looks so delicious! I love dishes that have basil in it and I have never had coconut rice before! I would love to win so I can pick up everything to make this recipe. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway!

  115. The recipe photos are nom nom

  116. Lisa Brown says:

    i have never heard of coconut rive…interesting. The dish you created looks wonderful 🙂

  117. The coconut rice looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I love Whole Foods.

  118. Laurie Sexton says:

    Everything sounds amazing. I am definetly going to make everything, starting with the coconut rice.

  119. I wonder how this would be if it were made with chicken…

  120. Gretchen D says:

    This looks delicious…and we love whole foods.

  121. Looks delish!!!

  122. Catherine Husen says:


  123. I think I would like to try with chicken, too.

  124. Looks delicious! Thank you for the giveaway!

  125. Wow, does that look good! I want some!

  126. Lorena Keech says:

    Great price for such a wonderful meal.

  127. Heather Dawn says:

    This makes my mouth water! It looks so yummy!

  128. Claire Huckfeldt says:

    Looks delicious…happy holidays!

  129. Delicious!

  130. This looks good, I’m not into new stuff but this may become one!

  131. Have to try the coconut rice!

  132. Nicole Elmore says:

    Mhhm, looks delicious. Can’t wait to try the recipe myself

  133. That looks so good. Might have to try it here soon!

  134. Gonna have to try this one…

  135. angelia medlin says:

    Love this store, and this recipe is very reasonable prices to make it.

  136. Sandy Bonesteel says:

    It looks yummy.

  137. Beer is good

  138. Mmm! I’ll have to try the coconut rice! 🙂

  139. Yay!

  140. If I won, I would definitely try this recipe!

  141. This looks so yummy and easy to make. I can’t wait to try it.

  142. Laurie Sexton says:

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!!! May your new year bring you happiness and good health! YAY!!! :}

  143. What a gorgeous and delicious-looking post! I must say you show us how affordable this recipe really is, even though it is exotic and so special. I’ve never made Thai before, but this recipe gives me the confidence I can do it and it will come out great!!! Thanks!

  144. Paula Weintraut says:

    This looks like a reciepe I have but I use less Basil because of the flavor taken away by it . Basil is very stong for me so I use just a pinch. Your Pictures look so Good.

  145. Angela Killingsworth says:

    Looks great!

  146. This dish looks very tasty

  147. That meal looks totally satisfying!

  148. Monica Eggleton says:

    What an awesome gift to receive.

  149. Wow, that recipe looks super delicious!

  150. Zelia Correia says:

    I would like to eat healthier ad winning would be great too.

  151. I love Thai food and will have to make this recipe.

  152. This looks great!

  153. Luis DelValle says:

    Healthy meal! There’s the beef.

  154. Loved the recipes on their page also entered their contest!

  155. Nice recipes, i need this! And appreciate the help

  156. YUMMY !!!!! BEEF IS GOOD !!!!!!


    Whole Foods has delicious food and ingredients for recipes!

  158. My mom loves coconut, I’ll have to show her this recipe.

  159. Donna George says:

    I adore coconut rice. Brings back memories of when my dad used to make it. Yum!

  160. Laurie Sexton says:

    I LOVE the design on the gift card. I’d LOVE to see it up close!!!

  161. WOW! That looks yum yum delicious!!!

  162. This recipe looks delicious!

  163. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious.

  164. Nikki Chaffin says:

    fingers crossed on the Keurig

  165. This would be perfect for the family I am staying with, lol. They eat nothing but organic, and shop at places like these (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts etc.) Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  166. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  167. Amy Ledesma says:

    I would make this . I love coconut but I probly would leave out the fish sauce. I don’t eat anything that gets near the ocean .

  168. Thai food is one of my favourite food.I like it spicy with a little sour taste.

  169. I love Thai food — this is a recipe I will have to try soon! Thank you for sharing.

  170. Luis DelValle says:

    I Love Thai food!

  171. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I’d love to try and make it myself! Looks YUMMY!

  172. UMMMM !!!!! Love coconut

  173. how about a substitution with pork or fish?

  174. WOWZA does that ever look DELISH!!!!!!! I love to try all kinds of food and I’m glad you have the recipe because I prefer to cook for us instead of going out so I’ll know what’s going into it?

  175. Have had this same dish served on a cruise.

  176. Making me hungry. It looks awesome!

  177. The recipes all sound delicious !

  178. looking forward to some cooking

  179. Stephanie Gossett says:

    That looks amazing. I love the detailed photos!

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  180. I like using Jasmine rice to change things up.

  181. This looks like a great recipe — very nicely arranged. Lots of “eye appeal.”

  182. Basil is good

  183. Love Whole Foods!!

  184. Thomas Murphy says:

    thank you!

  185. Nicole Elmore says:

    The recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out

  186. Becky Richied says:

    Time to up my skills with this Thai recipe, love Whole Foods

  187. This looks so delicious! I am definitely going to try this recipe out very soon! Thank you for sharing!!

  188. looks delicious, I love thai food

  189. I love Thai food and so does my sister. I should send this to her!

  190. Jacqueline says:

    People always say how expensive it is to shop at Whole Foods! I sho there 90% of the time and always find delicious meals for cheap! You didn’t need coupons for your recipe, but I like to go online and print manufacturer’s coupons when available to lower my cost even more. I get better deals on REAL FOOD than most peole do on junk from Walmart. Thank you for the recipe and for supporting fresh produce.

    When you shop at Whole Foods you don’t have to worry (as much) that you are eating slave food. Vegetables and especially fruit in this country are all slavery-based and I don’t want to eat food grown on the backs of dead children. I am conscious of my meat intake and where my meat comes from….a $12 ribeye should be the “norm.” Cheap meat makes me cringe! My dog food is all handmade and also mostly from Whole Foods and my local Fresh Market.

    I grow three types of basil and have never tried thai basil! Thanks again for the recie; I will definitely be making this!!!

  191. rita leonard says:

    whole foods is one of my favorite stores


  193. Pam Gurganus says:

    This looks and sounds delicious! I love Thai, coconut and jasmine rice! Thanks for sharing.

  194. Craig Wiggins says:

    This looks very tasty

  195. stephanie s says:

    Give your diet the verity and is probably pretty tastey

  196. Love the beautiful produce at Whole Foods!

  197. Jessica Lodge says:

    I love this recipe. I am such a fan of coconut rice. Definitely on my That’s what’s for Dinner tonight list.

  198. jeff summers says:

    whole foods is the place to shop

  199. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    This looks so delicious…and healthy…and beautiful on the plate.

  200. This looks wonderful!!

  201. terrijean jacobo says:

    looks so beautiful too! mmmm im hungry now! =)

  202. love the coconut rice

  203. great recipe! thank you!

  204. That looks delicious! I’ve got to try it.

  205. Love your recipes

  206. Scott Hobson says:


  207. I have never been to whole foods because I can’t afford it so I would love to win and get the ingr to make this dish

  208. Looks delicious! I, too, love that veggie wall at Whole Foods …so many choices!

  209. Looks good

  210. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Using healthy foods to cook may take a little more time, but it is not that expensive. Good recipes.

  211. Nicole Herman says:

    This looks amazing! I am so in love with whole foods!

  212. I’m getting hungry looking at this!!

  213. Angie Rogers says:

    The coconut rice sounds delicious!!

  214. Delicious healthy food is a must.

  215. Bill McGovern says:

    Looks beautiful, tasty, and healthy.

  216. YUM

  217. Whole Foods has a nice variety of tasty goods.

  218. Mark Williams says:

    Looks delicious

  219. Emily Wells says:

    This is making me really, really hungry!!

  220. Oh this is delicious, thai is my favorite, and I love everything coconut!

  221. I would love to try the coconut rice

  222. Gale McCarron says:

    This looks simply delicious! I could eat this type of food everyday and never grow tired of it. And to think that it’s healthy as well!!! Thumbs up!

  223. Teresa Manzardo says:


  224. Hi, and thank you. I just have not acquired a taste for rice. But the beef sure looks good. Thank you. Vicki.


  226. Yum

  227. Love Whole Foods

  228. Love Whole Foods

  229. Let’s shop!

  230. What a lovely dish!

  231. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says:

    My husband would love this (me too) and it looks so easy to make! Good thing too that we have TWO Whole Foods Stores’ within walking distance so we can enjoy Asian recipes without having to travel to far away Chinatown (which is fun – but not convenient!) to find the ingredients! Thanks

  232. love to try this basil beef recipe especially with coconut rice

  233. This looks like a great recipe.

  234. The coconut rice sounds yummy!

  235. Lesa Moats says:

    love this

  236. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Looks yummy and unique.

  237. i like this

  238. Susan Broughton says:

    I love Thai food! This recipe sounds delicious!

  239. Sounds delist!

  240. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I do alot of Asian cooking – mostly Japanese, with some Chinese thrown in. I’ve been wanting to try cooking some Tai recipes and this might be the perfect first one for me to make.

  241. Can’t wait to try these redipes

  242. I would like to try Whole foods.

  243. Fawn George says:

    Looks good. Like to try it.

  244. too many ingredients I’d never use.

  245. I’d like to try making a vegan version of this with tempeh or tofu!

  246. Everything looks great to me.

  247. Hanadia Roby says:

    Thai Basil Beef recipe looks really yummy.

  248. Candice Montgomery says:

    I really appreciate the price breakdown for this dish, it’s a very helpful shopping tool.

  249. Philip Lawrence says:

    Sounds delicious and inexpensive!

  250. I want to win it.

  251. Tom Bellamy says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  252. Wow, what a deliceous-looking, healthy meal in these clear and excellent photos, and at only $4 per serving!

  253. Oh this would be wonderful for my family! I love Whole Foods, and it’s gonna be a tight budget over the next month or so playing catchup from Christmas!

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  254. Betty Benfield says:

    looks great!

  255. Kathleen Hollinrake says:

    Whole foods is wonderful

  256. Would love to win!

  257. Gail Williams says:

    I love Thai food! Thanks for the recipe.

  258. The Thai Basil Beef looks delicious. I’m going to be daring and try for it.

  259. This looks great!

  260. Dawn Monroe says:

    I learned that I have a location just outside my city.

  261. Karen Lynch says:

    I have been wanting to make some Thai dishes. This looks great, thanks for the giveaway.

  262. katherine tino says:

    Love Whole Foods; recipe looks awesome! Happy New Year

  263. This looks delicious! Only problem is, Thai basil is not available at my local markets. (No Whole Foods here!) Would it lose too much if I used regular basil?

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