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Asian-Inspired Recipes

Enjoy your favorite Asian dishes, from Thai to Chinese to Vietnamese to Japanese, without needing a passport.

Egg Drop Soup

Start with this filling broth-base soup and you might eat less overall. Serve it as the main dish or pair it with lean meat for a satisfying meal.

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Kung Pao Chicken

This spicy Szechuan dish is made diabetes-friendly with homemade marinade, tons of veggies, and reduced-sodium soy sauce. Tip: When working with the chile peppers, be sure to wear plastic or rubber gloves to avoid direct contact with the volatile oils.

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Cashew Chicken

Enjoy this lower-calorie version of a favorite stir-fry instead of visiting a restaurant. Serving it with whole grain brown rice instead of white rice makes it even better for you.

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Beef and Broccoli

Using both reduced-sodium soy sauce and beef broth in this stir-fry recipe cuts your sodium intake deliciously. Serve the beef-and-broccoli mixture over cooked whole wheat vermicelli or Chinese noodles.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

This veggie-laden shrimp fried rice boasts only 304 calories and 31 grams of carb per serving. Grated fresh ginger adds a pungent taste to this easy make-it-yourself dish.

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Sweet-and-Sour Pork

No longer off-limits, this Chinese favorite gets its diabetes-friendly great taste from pureed sweet peppers, pineapple juice, and fresh ginger. Serve over shredded napa cabbage for extra crunch.

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Light 'n' Crispy Egg Rolls

Water chestnuts add extra crunch to these homemade, lower-calorie egg rolls. They're baked, not fried, to get a crisp golden-brown surface.

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Asian Flank Steak

At the end of a busy day, dinner will be only minutes away if you've taken time the night before to assemble the full-flavor hoisin sauce mixture and start the steak marinating. Steam fresh pea pods and grill fresh pineapple wedges to round out the meal.

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Thai-Style Veggie Pizza

An Italian bread shell, bottled Asian-style peanut sauce, and purchased shredded carrot from the supermarket can help you put this pizza together in almost no time.

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Asian Turkey Steaks

Make this turkey dinner superfast by serving it with packaged cooked brown rice or quick-cooking brown rice.

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Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons

Splash color into the traditional Caesar salad by combining red cherry and yellow pear tomatoes with wedges of orange plum tomatoes.

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Asian Vegetable Lo Mein

Udon noodles are usually sold in the Asian food section of the supermarket. But spaghetti or linguine are simple substitutes.

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Thai Spinach Dip

This stir-together treat delivers big peanut flavor with a hint of heat. The dip takes just minutes to prepare.

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Asparagus and Carrots with Asian Vinaigrette

The quick chilling in ice water stops the cooking process of the asparagus and carrots so that they don't overcook and go limp.

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Baked Vegetable Tempura

The wide variety of veggies in this tempura 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.

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Beef-Broccoli Stir-Fry

Reduced-sodium soy sauce and beef broth help keep this stir-fry healthful and fresh-tasting.

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Chai

This soothing sipper is great as a midafternoon pick-me-up.

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Crispy Tofu and Vegetables

The contrast of the crispy, crunchy coating and silken interior of these tofu cutlets may convert the most avowed meat-lover.

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Ginger Chicken with Rice Noodles

Thin rice noodles are made from finely ground rice and water. You'll find them in Asian markets or larger supermarkets. In a pinch, you can substitute dried vermicelli or capellini.

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Fresh Spring Rolls

The rice-paper wrappers used to make these Vietnamese-style spring rolls may start out brittle, but in the end they're soft and pliable. Never fried, the shrimp and vegetable rolls are an exquisitely light way to start an Asian feast.

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Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

This recipe makes enough for a crowd. Refrigerate leftover filling for another meal, but slip it into buns instead.

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Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce

In this tempting dish, teriyaki-marinated beef strips are grilled with sweet pepper and green onions, then served with a lively, spicy-hot peanut sauce.

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Ginger Pork with Tofu

It's important to use extra-firm tofu for this stir-fry so the cubes will hold together during cooking.

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Chicken-Tofu Stir-Fry

Create a unique dish every time you make this stir-fry by mixing and matching the vegetables.

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Hoisin and Citrus Shrimp Saute

A sprinkling of crushed red pepper gives this orange-flavor shrimp stir-fry extra kick.

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Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry

For a dynamite meal, roast, broil, or grill your favorite meat or poultry and serve this eye-catching medley of veggies alongside.

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Sesame Chicken Kabob Salad

Sweet-and-sour Asian flavors glaze the tender strips of chicken on these festive kabobs.

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Thai Pork Stir-Fry

If you're using fresh ginger and have some left over, store the unpeeled root in a freezer bag in the freezer. You can grate or cut off what you need from the frozen root.

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Sesame Orange Beef

Toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil give this beef-and-fruit stir-fry a delightful double dose of nutty flavor.

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Teriyaki Beef Soup

For an even quicker stove-to-table time, cut up the beef and vegetables for this soup the evening before. The next day, you'll be able to toss the whole meal together in record time.

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Sesame Pork Roast with Mustard Cream

Equally delicious roasted or grilled, this Asian-influenced pork tenderloin gets its extraordinary flavor from a zesty ginger brush-on and a tangy mustard-sour cream sauce.

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Thai Turkey Burgers

Thai seasoning is a blend of seasonings that's reminiscent of the classic flavors of Thai cooking. The ingredients vary widely by brand but often include garlic, coriander, onion, cilantro, and pepper. Look for it at specialty food stores or larger supermarkets.

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Ginger Shrimp and Vermicelli Salad

Soba is a thin, flat Japanese noodle you can find in a local Asian market, if you can't find it in your grocery store. It also can be easily be replaced by fettuccini or your favorite pasta.

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