Japanese Vegetable Dishes
Vegetable dishes, often served with rice, are common in Japan. Cabbage, daikon, spinach, and peppers are a few of the vegetables the most often featured in Japanese cuisine.See Popular Japanese Vegetable Dishes Recipes
To enhance eggplant's savoriness, chef Allen Susser (an F&W Best New Chef 1991) glazes it with soy sauce and mirin and sprinkles it with togarashi, a tangerine-scented Japanese spice blend of chiles, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed.
Lee Anne Wong plays with an array of Asian ingredients to create a wonderful marinade for extra-firm tofu or high-fiber tempeh (cakes made from fermented whole soy beans). Tempeh's nutty flavor and grainy texture make it an acquired taste, but Wong loves it here.
This tasty side dish recipe is a perfect combination of balsamic vinegar, kale, and red onion.
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The wide variety of veggies in this tempura recipe provides vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting plant compounds. The mustard in the dipping sauce contains curcumin, a compound that makes mustard yellow and exhibits anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
We all know that we could stand to eat more vegetables -- but let's face it, vegetable side dishes can be a pain in the you-know-what. Don't get us wrong: the idea of that tidy, pretty pile of veggies balancing out the plate is nice and all, but like spotless kitchen floors and wrinkle-free beds, not necessarily realistic. On busy weeknights, it's all we can do to get the main course on the table, let alone fish out another recipe that takes half an hour or more to make.
What were we thinking of as kids, refusing to eat our vegetables? Whereas once our parents had to resort to an arsenal of tactics just to get us to take a bite, by turns cajoling, imploring and vacillating between reward (the promise of dessert!) and threat (go to your room!)
Think of healthy vegetable side dishes as members of a bigger dinner team. In fact, think sports. Michael Jordan, for example, was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but without the rest of his teammates on the court, he wouldn't have amounted to much.
Green beans are one of our favorite vegetable side dishes, and for good reason. For starters, they require very little prep time: no peeling or dicing, just wash and trim them. And they don't need a lot of time to cook, either.
I am crazy about eggplant, in all its sexy, purple glory. If you prepare it right, this beautiful vegetable is hearty and flavorful, too. Yeah, yeah, we all have that one bad memory of a tough eggplant, but you must banish that from your mind and consider instead the amazing variety of delightful dishes you can squeeze out of this simple veg.
Asparagus is a key player in my spring-vegetable lineup. And it's so delicious that sometimes it shows up in more than one meal in the same week, first as a side dish and then as the main event. Here's my asparagus strategy:As winter slides into spring, I'm cooking the last of my cold-weather dishes, like braised short ribs.
This year, my resolution is to eat more healthy greens, specifically collards. What's so great about this nutrition-packed vegetable is that you can buy a ton of it, keep in on hand, and create all kinds of easy dishes without ever having to make up anything ahead -- think "rice" with way more goodness! Let's get started with a terrific recipe for Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey.
Like other dark leafy greens, kale is a powerhouse of nutrition. It's loaded with vitamins A, C and K, and is even a good source of calcium and iron. Kale makes a popular dinnertime dish in many regions of the world. If you're not sure how to cook kale, try this simple sauteed version that delivers a deluxe combination of flavors, including subtle hints of garlic and red pepper juxtaposed with a blast of sherry vinegar.
If your entree is like the star performer of your meal, then your side dishes are the supporting characters. But no matter how good your star is, you won't have a good show without interesting supporting characters, right? What does this mean when it comes to your meal? It means that same old boring steamed broccoli isn't going to cut it this time. But what can you choose instead? Learn how to cook asparagus, and your meal will be a sure-fire hit every night.
Erase that vision of a bland block of tofu! Whether you're trying to reduce the amount of meat in your diet or just want to shake up your nightly dinner routine, vegetarian dishes can be a delicious option. Eliminating meat isn't as difficult as you might think--some of your favorite dishes already have layers upon layers of flavor even before you add the chicken or beef.