This citrus-spiked soy sauce is a Japanese cooking staple. It’s a go-to ingredient because its components hit on all five flavors: sweet (mirin, or rice wine), sour (rice wine vinegar), salty (soy sauce), bitter (yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, or a combination of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange) and umami (seaweed and dried bonito flakes). To really make your stir-fry sing, add a healthy dash of ponzu during the last few minutes of cooking. you can also use it as a dumpling dipper, a fish marinade or a salad dressing– whisk it with a bit of sesame oil before tossing with greens.
Try ponzu in our Shrimp & Snap Pea Stir-Fry!
The next stop on our vegetarian culinary journey brings us to Asia. We know it’s easy to call up for some veggie stir fry or miso soup, but why stick to the basics when you can have things like vegetable dumplings and nutty noodles? So drop the take-out menu and try one of our healthy, hearty and oh-so flavorful recipes this Meatless Monday that may even replace your go-to restaurant altogether.
What other ethnic cuisines would you like to see made meatless?
When you’re looking for a Meatless Monday meal with a one-two punch of flavor, look no further than one of our vegetable curry recipes. We guarantee that whether you’re a fan of spicy Thai red curries or tamarind and coriander-based Indian curries or prefer your curry dishes “wet” (made with lots of sauce or liquid) or “dry” (coated in the spice mixture), you’ll be so focused on all of the layers of robust, savory flavor that you won’t even notice that there’s no meat.
Whip up one of our three favorite vegetarian curry recipes below:
This 30-Minute Meal recipe from Rachael Ray brings together Middle Eastern and Italian flavors with a spiced tomato sauce over whole wheat noodles. Use a pre-mixed curry powder or create your own blend with tumeric, cumin, corinander, cinnamon and cardamom.
The red curry in this one-bowl meal is balanced with brown sugar and unsweetened coconut milk, which also adds a hint of luscious creaminess. To make this dinner even quicker, prep and freeze vegetables in advance or pick up steamed rice from your local takeout restaurant.
Believe it or not, you can make this meal for $2.29 per person–that’s under $10 for four people! If you have an extra buck and are interested in adding a burst of color and sweetness too, add 1/2 cup of frozen peas five minutes before serving.
Turn Monday night into a meatless and budget-friendly dinner with this Tofu Ramen Soup with Spinach. Most Asian noodles are supermarket bargains. But none so much than ramen. This isn’t just an American dorm-room staple: Japanese home cooks rely on the thin, squiggly noodles to give heft to soups, like this simple tofu-and-spinach version.
Takashi Yagihashi, of Slurping Turtle and Takashi in Chicago says “I loved instant ramen noodles as a kid, and I still love them! Buy bricks in the plastic-wrapped packages for about a quarter each; ditch the powdered stuff and serve with your own homemade soup.”
More! Why should spaghetti get all the love? Get more fast, flavorful and easy on your wallet Asian noodle recipes here.