(Also known around these parts as the mad genius behind this amazing Thai Iced Coffee recipe.)
Jaden’s new cookbook is packed full of vibrant, laid-back recipes that give your favorite Asian dishes a seriously healthy makeover. The best part: these recipes are just as convenient as takeout. In the same time that it takes to get your delivery, you can have a much healthier and tastier version on your table, with hardly any fuss.
Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites is the second cookbook from the powerhouse behind Steamy Kitchen, a CMP favorite and long-time personal go-to resource for quick recipes inspired by the flavors of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and more.
All of Jaden’s recipes are approachable–she’s the master at replicating authentic Asian flavor with easy-to-find ingredients–but the ones in this book are all about doing away with the goopy sauces, oily stir-fries and high-calorie counts that we’ve come to expect from much of Asian restaurant cooking.
The same way that I have a hard time choosing what to order from my favorite Chinese takeout spot, I had a hard time deciding what to make first from this book. I want to cook nearly everything in it! I’m especially excited about the recipes in the Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs chapter. (Helloooo, steamed asparagus with miso-ginger butter!) There’s also a super fun chapter on recipes designed for sharing. But instead of starting with a dish that I knew I’d love, I thought I’d give this book a run for the money.
The first thing I tested was Jaden’s Sweet and Sour Pork, a dish that is almost always unforgivably sweet and gloppy when ordered from restaurants. I wondered if Jaden’s recipe could turn out a healthy and tasty version of the classic Chinese takeout dish. Guess what? It did.
Sweetened with orange juice and just a little honey, tangy from ketchup and vinegar, the recipe served up a light, fresh, and balanced meal in a flash. Total yum.
And with that, this new collection of 100 recipes earned its place in my kitchen cookbook collection. If you and your family love Asian food, it should have a place in yours, too. –Stacie
Grab your copy of Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites: 100 Recipes That are Fast, Fresh, and Simple Enough for Tonight’s Supper from our Amazon affiliate or from your local independent bookstore.