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Healthy Tastes Great! - Japanese Cuisine

Posted May 29 2008 3:00pm

The Japanese diet, particularly that of the Okinawa region, has been hailed as one of the healthiest in the world. Japanese life expectancy ranks among the highest, and the people of Okinawa are frequently studied because of the plethora of centenarians among them. The cuisine itself? It’s far more than simply healthy; it’s fresh, varied and delicious! More proof yet that healthy tastes great….

How’s this for a delectable three-course meal?

Tuna Sashimi

Tuna Sashimi

Mix ¼ cup Greek-style yogurt, 2 Tbsp. sour cream, ½ tsp. ground ginger, ¼ tsp. finely minced garlic, and wasabi paste to taste. Set aside. Slice ½ lb. sushi-grade tuna into very thin strips. Roll each slice and place on slices of cucumber. Top with sour cream mixture and tiny sprig of watercress or Japanese basil.

Avocado and Greens Salad

Avocado Salad

Slice sweet apple and cucumber into very thin, small slices. Toss with greens such as watercress or baby spinach. Add bit-sized or quartered avocado slices. Combine 2 Tbsp. plain rice vinegar, ½ Tbsp. minced white onion, 1 ½ tsp. low sodium soy sauce, and 2 Tbsp. oil of choice. Drizzle over salad and serve right away.

Beef Tataki

Beef Tataki

Season a 1-lb. sirloin steak and set aside.

Mix 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, 3 chopped stems of scallions, 1 tsp. fresh, minced garlic and 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger. Set aside.

Sear sirloin in cast iron skillet or on grill. The meat is customarily served rare, but cook to medium-rare or medium if desired. Allow to rest under tented foil for 5-7 minutes. Cut into thin slices and arrange on plate. Drizzle steak and desired vegetables with sauce and serve.

How’s that for a great summer meal? Healthy and downright tasty, if we do say so ourselves.

Comments? Other suggested Japanese-inspired recipes to share?

Maggie Osterberg, bro0ke, Rick Audet Flickr Photos (CC)

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For more ideas, check out Mark's Daily Apple by clicking the title
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