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Vegetable Stir Fry

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These vegetables have an Asian flair and pair nicely with Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon and brown rice.

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Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

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The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice per week.  Salmon is an especially good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and promote heart health.  Try this delicious Asian-inspired recipe.  Your heart will thank you!

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Healthy Recipe: Beef and Edamame Stir Fry

Today, I made a slight variation of a recipe I found at EatingWell.com. It was delicious—I highly recommend it!  Here is my slightly modified recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce (see Tip)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 8 ounces round steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 handful of baby carrots, chopped
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen shelled edamame (about 2 cups), thawed
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger

Preparation:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions
  2. Mix lime juice, hoisin sauce and chile-garlic sauce in a small bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and stir fry until cooked through.  Remove steak, but leave juices in the skillet.  Add vegetables to the skillet, cook for 4 minutes.  Add ginger, sauce and steak and cook for another minute.  Toss with the noodles and serve.

Nutrition Info (per serving): Calories: 427, Fat: 9 g, Saturated fat: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Protein: 29 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sodium: 757 mg

 Tips: Hoisin sauce and chile-garlic sauce can be found in the Asian section of most large supermarkets or Asian markets.  Both will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 year.

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Boost Your Health with Delicious MediterrAsian Recipes!

The Mediterranean and Asian diets are two of the healthiest diets world-wide.  Compared to people with typical “Western” lifestyles, people with Mediterranean or Asian lifestyles tend to live longer, healthier lives.

Mediterranean and Asian dishes are flavorful, delicious, and extremely healthy. So, why not add some delicious Mediterranean and Asian recipes to your repertoire? I recently discovered MediterrAsian.com and it has introduced me to a wide array of new, delicious recipes!  Although many of the recipes contain some new ingredients, I have found all of the recipes so far to be very do-able. And, if you just can’t find an ingredient (like fish sauce), no worries! It will still taste scrumptious without it.

Check out some of the recipes I’ve tried:

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Thai Red Chicken Curry: “Melt-in-the-mouth morsels of chicken breast and assorted vegetables cooked in a spicy Thai red curry sauce and served with fluffy Jasmine rice.”

My assessment: Great!  I added some extra veggies as well, like eggplant and spinach.  Go easy on the curry if you’re sensitive to spice!

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South Indian Shrimp Curry. “Tender shrimp gently  poached in an a flavorsome gravy infused with an aromatic blend of spices, fresh cilantro and lemon juice served over Basmati rice.”

My assessment: Very good, but the shrimp flavor was a little overpowering. Next time, I’ll try with chicken.

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Tofu & Cashew Chow Mein. “Crunchy cashews and vegetables complement the soft texture of the noodles and tofu in this quick and satisfying dish.”

My assessment: Terrific! This one has become a regular on my menu. I use whole wheat spaghetti instead of the chow mein noodles, and usually sub peanuts for the cashews.

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Spanish Broccoli & Almond Soup: “The combination of ground almonds and broccoli makes a deliciously creamy, yet creamless soup with a rich, green color.”

My assessment: I was surprised to find… I really liked this soup! At first, when I was boiling all the ingredients, I thought uh-oh—this stuff looks (and smells) pretty nasty. I didn’t see how in the world pureeing it all in a blender would save the soup, but low and behold, it did! Over the week, I enjoyed every last drop of the entire pot. So, now matter how sketchy it looks when you’re cooking it—finish it!

So, there you have the 4 dishes I have tried, and many more are on my future line-up! Have fun browsing all of their awesome recipes at http://www.mediterrasian.com/delicious_recipes.htm.