This week, I am so excited to be participating in a Virtual Book Launch Party for Jaden Hair’s newest cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. I received a review copy several weeks ago and have trying lots of recipes from Jaden’s new cookbook.
I first met Jaden two years ago when I started my blog. She is generous with her knowledge, and I’ve learned so much from her, including how to take better food photos and how to place value on all the hard work that goes into this blog as well as my work outside of this blog. I attended her annual Food Blog Forum event last year, and had the chance to get to know Jaden in a smaller, more intimate setting. I’ve also been lucky enough to attend a few of her parties at BlogHer Food.
Jaden is an energizer bunny and full of fun and laughs – she’s passionate about what she does, she’s generous with her knowledge, she loves her family (her two boys and husband are absolutely adorable), and she loves life – if you ever have the chance to meet her, you’ll see what I mean.
So enough about Jaden…let’s get onto her newest cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. Her new cookbook features 100 easy, accessible and quick meals, including healthier renditions of traditionally richer Asian dishes. There are 9 chapters – Soups, Pickles & Sauces (including a recipe for Sriracha Sauce that I want to try), Salads & Dressings, Little Bites, Share (I love the Chinese Hot Pot section), Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Meat & Seafood, Noodles & Rice, and Sweet & Libations.
The recipes are straightforward, easy to follow and the ingredients can all be found in the supermarket (Jaden includes substitute ingredients for some Asian ingredients to make it accessible to everyone). Almost all of the recipes are also gluten-free or gluten-free adaptable. There are Chinese recipes as well as a few Thai and Japanese inspired recipes, and several of the recipes are from Jaden’s mom. It’s a family cookbook – recipes that Jaden makes for her own family, and shares with friends.
I made her Dan Dan Mien for my family for lunch one day – it’s her sons’ favorite dish. My boys loved it, drizzled with a little vinegar and served with a dollop of hot sauce. I’m looking forward to trying her Sriracha Sauce recipe, Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Vegetarian Korean BBQ and more.
Be sure to check out the dishes my talented friends made from Jaden’s new cookbook to celebrate the launch of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites this week:
Healthy Asian Favorites Giveaway!
Dan Dan Mien
- 12 ounces dried rice noodles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 ounces ground chicken or turkey
- 4 scallions chopped
- 3 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
- 1 pound 4 ounces napa cabbage julienned
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar not aged
- 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3/8 cup water
- 3 teaspoons hot chili-garlic sauce sambal oelek
- 3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Cook noodles according to package instructions, rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
Mix together sauce ingredients and set aside.
Heat wok or large saute pan over high heat. Add oil and when hot, add ground meat. Stir-fry until browned, using spatula to break up pieces, about 2-3 minutes. Add scallions, garlic and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute. Add cabbage and stir-fry another 2 minutes until cabbage loses its raw taste but is still crisp. Add noodles and pour in sauce. Toss well until heated through. Serve with more hot sauce if desired.
Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.