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Asian Spicy Gingered Greens Recipe

Asian Spicy Gingered Greens Recipe

This recipe adds Asian flavor and appeal to chard and mustard greens, both deeply nutritious foods packed with lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamins. It makes use of miso, the fermented soy paste that is a traditional – and tasty – ingredient of Asian cookery, exceptionally rich in phytochemicals.

Even families who usually don’t like greens will enjoy this delicious, healthful dish. (Please note that this recipe calls for honey, so even though it does not include dairy, it is not suitable for people who practice a strict vegan diet.)


1 tablespoon light sesame oil
2 carrots, grated
cup freshly-grated ginger
2 teaspoons tamari
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon mellow white miso(fermented soy paste, available at natural food stores or your supermarket)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound chard, torn into large pieces, with stems removed
1 pound mustard greens, torn into large pieces, with stems removed
cup sesame seeds
cup water

1. In a medium pan, heat oil and saute carrots and ginger until carrots are tender.

2. While carrots are cooking, in a small bowl combine tamari, honey, miso, vinegar, and cayenne pepper, adding water as needed to form a smooth paste.

3. Add chard, mustard greens, and sesame seeds to pan with carrots, and cook until greens are just wilted.

4. Add water and miso paste to vegetables, stirring well to coat all ingredients. May be served hot or well-chilled.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from Meals that Heal by Lisa Turner (Inner Traditions, 1996). Copyright (c) 1996 by Lisa Turner. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Meals that Heal by Lisa Turner (Inner Traditions, 1996).

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4:40PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Try rice syrup or other swetener instead of honey for a Vegan dish.

5:03AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Now this I will make!!

7:01AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

What is chard?

8:58AM PST on Jan 26, 2013


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7:46AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Thanks for ....

1:45AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Sounds yummy - thanks!

6:45AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Sounds good , thanks for sharing .

5:41PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thank you :)

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