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An Asian Inspired Menu


If you are feeling the urge to put together a delicious, yet healthy Asian meal, this menu is already planned and ready for you. Also, included at the end is a quick game plan for pulling the meal together.

1. Baked Egg Rolls

Kimberley K. Eggleston

Start off your Asian feast with these amazing baked egg rolls. Yes, baking egg rolls can still yield a nice crispy outer shell by spraying them with a little cooking spray and baking them at a high temperature of 400°F. These egg rolls are loaded with flavorful ground chicken, and of course lots of finely chopped cabbage and carrots.

If you think egg rolls are too difficult for you to make, you will pleased to find that pre-made egg roll wrappers make the job super easy.

2. Snow Pea Salad

Kimberley K. Eggleston
To accompany the main course, serve up this fresh and crisp snow pea salad. It also is a simple dish to put together. It is simply a manner of whisking together a few pantry ingredients for the dressing, and blanching and rinsing the pea pods for a few seconds. The salad is tossed together and sprinkled with sesame seeds, and there you have it. It doesn't get much simpler than that. This salad adds a lovely, fresh dimension to the entire meal, and gives you an extra serving of veggies for the day.

3. Steamed Brown Rice

No, there isn't anything to fancy about the steamed rice that goes along with this meal, but it is an essential part of the meal nonetheless. Top the rice with your salmon fillet, drizzled with any extra teriyaki sauce that may be left in the bottom of the pan. The rice will soak up the flavorful sauce, and it is so very good.

Brown rice is the best choice if you are trying to assure that you are getting enough dietary fiber, plus the bran layer supplies naturally more B vitamins, iron, and phosphorus than its polished white rice counterpart. Be sure to start the brown rice early as it takes about 40 minutes to cook completely as compared to only twenty minutes that white rice requires.

4. Teriyaki Salmon

Kimberley K. Eggleston
If you think teriyaki is only for chicken, you will be blown away by how delicious this teriyaki salmon is. You will also be happy to find out how easy it is to put together. A homemade teriyaki sauce of pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic chili paste is basted on baked salmon filets until it becomes a rich, thick glaze for the salmon. Basting the salmon with the teriyaki sauce throughout the cooking process helps to make for a real flavor packed dish.

5. Steamed Pears

The menu wouldn't be quite complete without dessert! The calories are kept at a minimum in the tasty Asian pear recipe! Asian pears are stuffed with honey and Chinese red dates, and steamed until soft. They should be served warm, so have them ready once the main meal is over, or quickly prepare them once dinner is over, and eat them 30 minutes later after dinner has settled.

6. The Game Plan

There are a lot of components to this meal, and like any meal, it can be a little tricky to assure that everything is ready to eat at the time that you want to eat it! When should you start the rice? Should you prepare the salmon or the egg rolls first? This game plan helps you to get everything going for this meal in a logical manner. This is a fool proof way of making sure that everything will be ready to eat when you are ready for it!
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