Easy Asian Recipes (52 New Foods, Around the World)

Easy Asian Recipes (52 New Foods, Around The World)

Wed 06 Feb 2013

Story by Jennifer Tyler Lee

Gung Hay Fat Choy! These easy Asian recipes make it fun to welcome health and happiness for start of the Chinese New Year.

Like the rising sun, our adventure this month started in the East. New sounds, smells and sights bombarded our senses. Filled with the excited but overwhelming feeling reserved for those precarious moments encountered when crossing the threshold into a new city, we ventured forward into San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Fueled by the momentum of our 52 New Foods challenge, our family decided to take our healthy eating adventure on a tour around the world in 2013 -- an opportunity to explore the colorful cultures that capture our imagination through the universal language of food.

Easy Asian Pear Sauce

A visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown would not be complete without heading home with a bushel full of sweet, crunchy Asian pears. Like a cross between an apple and a pear, they are delicious simply sliced into wedges as a snack. But on this brisk January afternoon, my kids craved a warm treat, so we whipped up a batch of Asian pear sauce with a hint of ginger, and not a drop of refined sugar. An easy and fun twist on homemade applesauce: Easy Asian Pear Sauce.

Sesame Green Bean Salad

With the same joyful abandon that breaks through when adding sprinkles to cupcakes, my kids will scurry to sprinkle sesame seeds on everything from stir-fried veggies to chicken and rice. Subtle and nutty, sesame seeds added a wonderful Asian twist to one of our weeknight regulars: Green Bean Salad.

Easy Orange Granita

Like sparklers against a dark night sky, mandarin oranges at the local market add bright and cheerful pops of color to dreary winter days and herald the coming of Chinese New Year! Venturing forward into another year of trying new foods, we wanted to prepare our favorite “fast” food in a new way. With a little inspiration from our blended family, a combination of Chinese and Italian roots, we decided to make a classic Italian dish with our simple Asian ingredient: Easy Orange Granita Recipe.

A Simple Bok Choy Recipe

Last year I started to feature bok choy in clay pot rice – sweet and salty flavors mingling together with a few crispy bites of green was a taste my kids loved. But my goal this week was to get them to enjoy this friendly Asian cabbage in the same way that they love a side of broccoli – simple and green. The trick was lightly stir-frying the bok choy in freshly minced ginger and garlic, and adding a little touch of salty flavor with Tamari: Simple Bok Choy Recipe.

What are your Favorite Easy Asian Recipes?

What are your favorite foods to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Post your pictures on the Food Revolution Facebook page and tag @crunchacolor. You may be featured in our next 52 New Foods Recipe Roundup!

Craving more new recipes to try? Tune into Crunch a Color’s 52 New Foods adventure on Twitter, Facebook and Crunch a Color’s weekly recipe blog. Simply follow @crunchacolor and #52NewFoods.

Check out this great video to see these great foods and find out some more!

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color – award-winning nutrition games that make healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color and Jennifer’s 52 New Foods adventure has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray’s Yum-O, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, Yum Food & Fun For Kids, and Edible Silicon Valley, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at crunchacolor.com.


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