Heres a hearty one-dish meal thats high in calcium to help prevent cold-weather muscle cramps and rich with warming spices to boost circulation. Small, reddish-brown adzuki beans have a sweet flavor and are popular in Japanese cooking. They have a higher protein content than other beans and are easier to digest.
This super-easy purée is a mellow spread for crackers, crunchy bread and pitas. Its also a perfect base for a second layer of fennel, endive spears, red bell pepper strips or cucumber rounds. The spread can be made up to 2 days ahead.
These tasty hors doeuvres will serve 6 to 8 people. The contrast of the crispy skin bursting with flavor of fragrant spices, and the mild, creamy flesh inside makes these potatoes simply irresistible.
Makes about 9 burgers
Serve these hearty but low-fat burgers on a wheat roll with thinly sliced onion, watercress, sweet mustard and whatever other toppings inspire you.
The aromatic flavors of Thai cookinglime, fresh ginger and cilantroinfuse the mildly flavored cellophane noodles with a fragrant personality. Soy sauce makes an adequate substitute for the more traditional Thai fish sauce.
30 minutes or fewer
Somen noodles are very thin noodles sold in Asian markets, natural food stores, and in the ethnic section of many supermarkets. If somen noodles are unavailable, substitute angel hair pasta.
Asian eggplants are slender and elongated. The Japanese variety is dark purple while a Chinese variety, Asian Bride, is pale lavender. Roasting, baking or grilling eggplant before adding it to a sauté keeps it from getting too oily.
This vegan egg nog was a challenge to create, but the result is a sweet, mild, rich-tasting drink. If you choose to add liquor, be aware that the flavor comes through much more strongly in this lower-fat nog, so start with the smaller amount called for and add more to taste.
Fermented black soybeans, also called salted black beans, are sold in small plastic bags in the Asian section of many supermarkets. If you can’t find them, substitute 2 Tbs. prepared black bean sauce and decrease soy sauce to 1 Tbs.
Ginger is a flavor that African slaves brought with them to the New World and integrated into typically European desserts like spice cakes and cookies. Crystallized or candied ginger gives these thins an extra kick.
This quick one-pot meal can be made with fresh or frozen fava beans and artichokes.