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Old backlog (new Asian recipes)

December 9th, 2010 · 16 Comments · Asian, pork, vegetarian meal

I had a holiday party at work tonight and the few glasses of wine really got to me. My “Russian” blood means that I have a pretty high tolerance for alcohol, but that doesn’t mean that I’m particularly useful or productive after a glass or two. 😉

Since I didn’t cook dinner today, I figured I’d go through my photo archives and see if there are recipes I made (and photographed) that I haven’t shared with you yet. Lucky for me and you, there were quite a few… and after picking my favorites, I realized they were all Asian. Cool, we even got a themed blog post after all. Let’s pretend that was all planned. K? 😆

BANH MI

This is one of our absolute favorite sandwiches. In fact, when Adam says… “You know what you haven’t made in a while…” I know it’s either a banh mi sandwich or a steak & cheese sub. I love recreating these at home because I can use humainely raised pork from our CSA and it really is quite easy (the veggies marinade for only 1 hour, the rest gets prepared during that time).

I stuck to the same recipe for the veggies and spicy mayo as last time, but instead of turkey meatballs I followed this recipe for the pork marinade. The result was delicious (and more like the traditional banh mis we’ve had) but we both agreed the meatballs felt a little more special. Next up, I’m going to try beef or pork meatballs for a slight variation on our favorite. :)

EDAMAME LO MEIN WITH SEITAN

Have you ever tried seitan (btw, how the heck do you pronounce that? I always want to say satan, lol)? I decided to give it a go a few months ago and while the flavor was definitely tofu-like, I thought the texture was reminiscent of chicken. Kind of fun for a change! I really enjoyed the edition of seitan to this simple recipe of edamame lo mein from Eating Well.

This tasted light and fresh. I remember really enjoying the dish. :mrgreen:

HOT AND SOUR CHINESE EGGPLANT OVER BROWN RICE

When I saw these creatures cute eggplant, I was immediately brought back to high school when my favorite dish at Chinese restaurants was Chinese hot and sour eggplant (I thought it was healthy, ha!).

This of course led me to a little googling for a recipe and I came across this one. It wasn’t as saucy (or greasy) as my old favorite but the eggplant did soak up all that lovely soy sauce, vinegar and sugar.

It didn’t convert Adam to an eggplant lover but I was loving every bite. 😀

And that’s all I’ve got for tonight!

PS – I have a bunch of Stonyfield/oikos coupons for free yogurt to giveaway. You’ll have to enter on Facebook.

PPS – There is still time to win a cookbook, if you’re interested.

See ya manana! 😀

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16 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren

    Great collection of recipes! I’m never thrilled with the Asian dishes that I prepare at home, so I should give a few of these a try :).

    I’ve always pronounced it “say-tan”, but I’m not sure if that is correct. I do like it better than, say, tempeh, but I prefer tofu as a meat alternative.

    I’m heading over to Facebook to enter your Stonyfield giveaway!

  • #2 - CaSaundra

    Wow–I don’t think I’ve ever saw a Chinese eggplant! They definitely look different than the typical eggplant!

  • #3 - Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon

    I love seitan! I’m so happy to see it on someone else’s blog–I feel like it’s a rarity that you see anyone cooking with it. We like to make vegetarian “Cheese Steak” sandwiches with seitan…super delicious! Your edamame dish looks great, too :)

  • #4 - Michelle

    I’m loving this Asian food theme! Banh mi is the best because it is so simple yet so flavorful!

  • #5 - Jessy

    I love seitan!

  • #6 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Beautiful dishes! Making Asian food at home is tough, because a lot of it has a lot of sodium. But moderation is key. I have relatively low blood pressure. 😉

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    I’ve never seen a Chinese eggplant before! These look great. I’ll have to try the sandwich one soon.

  • #8 - Kristina

    These are great recipes!!! Tofu is good too. Wow! Thank u so much!

  • #9 - Lee

    I think it is pronounced like satan, but I’m not sure either! However you say it, it looks good.

  • #10 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Super yummy looking things! I pronounce seitan ‘satan’ too. I have always wondered how to say it too….

  • #11 - Beth

    The banh mi looks terrific. I’ll check it out!

  • #12 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    Yum! This looks like a meal at a great Asian restaurant! Lots of my favorite flavors

  • #13 - Shannon

    hmm, seitan kinda freaks me out, but i’m not totally sure why :) i need to try that bhan mi though… yum :)

  • #14 - Kerstin

    What healthy and fresh Asian recipes – I’d like to try them all :)

  • #15 - Bridget

    That Banh Mi looks SO delicious!! I think Brian would love that one as welll…I am marking it down! We did sort of an Asian fish earlier this week and reminds me that we should cook Asian more often, always so flavorful!

  • #16 - Lisa Wood

    Hello Healthy and Sane,
    I have not tried cooking asian food, but I really love the look of your recipes. The banh mi sandwich looks yummy and I am a huge fan of eggplant!
    Great that you were able to look through your previous recipes and photos for your blog post!
    Cheers
    Lisa
    PS:- I love a good glass of red wine but it only takes one glass and I am gone!