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Ginger Sesame Kale

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Ginger Sesame Kale

One of my favorite side dishes and the perfect accompaniment to any Asian main course. Not to mention a great way to learn to like kale.


Serves 4 as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale (aka dinosaur kale), washed
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon chili sesame oil, or
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil with ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds for garnish 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut or pull out the thick middle stem of each kale leaf, then cut cross-wise into one inch strips
  2. Heat a large pan or wok to medium high, add neutral oil and just when it starts to smoke – add kale
  3. Cook kale, stirring a lot until wilted about 2 minutes, then add ginger & garlic – continue stirring another couple minutes
  4. Add soy, sesame oil and red pepper flakes if using and cook, stirring one more minute
  5. Plate and top with seeds
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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

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A simple and delicious way of eating without cranking up the oven.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Sriracha 
  • ½ cup carrots, julienned (matchstick size)
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas sliced diagonally
  • ¼ cup radish sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 
  • ¼ cup English cucumbers sliced thin in half circles
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (like avocado)
  • 10 peeled, deveined tail-on shrimp (I used 16/20’s in this recipe)
  • Kosher salt 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thinly sliced green onions and chopped cilantro for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions - do not overcook, drain, rinse well with cold water, drain again and transfer to a bowl
  2. While noodles are cooking, in a small bowl combine vinegar, soy, sesame oil, sugar and sriracha - stir well and set aside
  3. To the noodles add carrots, peas, radishes, celery and cucumber - mix and add a little sauce (adding more sauce as needed)
  4. Heat a pan over medium/high, add oil and justvwhen it’s about to smoke add the shrimp and cook about 1 minute - season with Kosher salt, add splash of ½ tablespoon soy and 1 tablespoon Sriracha; mix well and cook until done, remove shrimp from heat
  5. Place the noodles/vegetables on serving plate, top with shrimp and garnish with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds

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Miso & Ginger Salad Dressing

Making your own dressings is the best - and I love this one.


INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup light miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ cup neutral oil (I used avocado oil for this one, canola or vegetable works well too)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water
  • Honey (optional)
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl, mix into a thick paste
  2. Slowly whisk in oil until the dressing is emulsified
  3. Add 1 tablespoon water at a time to thin dressing to your liking - at this point you can add a little honey if you want on the sweeter side
  4. Add pepper to taste
  5. Use the dressing on your favorite salad, grilled vegetables or even fish.
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