If you are a sushi lover, you will enjoy the green stuff, wasabi. You take some wasabi and stir in soy sauce. You dip sushi into the cloudy soy sauce and bring into your month. Next thing, wasabi aroma hits your nose. What a sensation! It is because of a unique component called allyl isothiocyanate. It does not exist in the root vegetable. It is produced when the vegetable’s cell is destroyed (like when grated). The benefits of the component include improving the metabolism, cleansing blood, preventing cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and bactericidal effect. The last one is very important when you eat raw fish. Wasabi can be used as sauce and dressing. It tastes great with grilled pork. Let’s cook delicious 500 calorie set meal: Grilled Pork with Wasabi Sauce!
Grilled Pork with Wasabi Sauce Set Meal Total 496 calories
Main: Grilled Pork with Wasabi Sauce
Side 1: Grated Daikon and Spinach
Soup: Asparagus Soup
All recipes are made for 2 servings. This printable recipe box will allow you to change the serving size to adjust the recipe.
Wasabi is a root vegetable that grows in shallow rivers where water is very clean. Therefore, it is very expensive to buy fresh wasabi root. Fortunately, you can buy wasabi paste and wasabi powder at local grocery stores. They are not 100% pure wasabi. They are mainly made out of horse radish which is cheap and easy to process. Make sure you buy wasabi with natural ingredients. Remember it is not strong against heat nor air. Make wasabi sauce AFTER pork is cooked, and spread the sauce over meat AFTER meat is placed on plate.
Daikon has many faces. Sometimes they are crunchy. Sometimes they are tender. Sometime they are spicy! Grated radish, called Daikon Oroshi, is a popular dish for Japanese home cooking. Just like wasabi, it produces allyl isothiocyanate when grated. Daikon gives you so many benefits, but it is best when eaten raw and grated. The benefits include promoting digestion, improving the metabolism, cleansing blood, preventing cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and bactericidal effect. Do not throw away juice that comes from grated daikon because it also contains the benefits above.
I have to admit that grating daikon with grater is not fun. If you have a food processor or good blender, take advantage of it. I use my Vita-mix that even Starbucks uses to make their Frappuccino. It takes only 5 seconds with high setting. Thanks to the technology! Grated daikon can be spicy. If you don’t like the spiciness, leave it for up to 20 minutes. It will get milder because of exposure to air but lose some nutrients. Read more Cucumber and Daikon Salad to learn how to pick good daikon.
Cooked broccoli is so handy when you have to add one more side dish. All I need is to toss with my home made dressing. It is low in calories but rich in nutrition. Remember? Lemon helps to lose weight and look good. Miso keeps the doctor away. Miso Lemon Dressing goes with any vegetables whether cooked or uncooked. Read more Miso Marinated Grilled Chicken to learn about miso.
How to determine how far towards the bottom of asparagus you can eat? Snap asparagus by holding the middle and bottom. You get to keep the top half of asparagus and throw away the bottom half. Wait! You can save more of the bottom part of asparagus. Cut them in diagonal one inch length toward the bottom so that you can see inside better. Keep cutting until the inside looks white or woody. If the inside looks good, but the skin is too hard (you will notice when you cut), peel it with peeler. Those small pieces of asparagus are good candidates for soups and stir fries. Read more Asparagus salad with Miso Vinegar Dressing to learn about asparagus.
Have you found your favorite grain blend? Take advantage of bulk food section at health food stores so that you can try small amounts. I like rolled oat, amaranth, barley, kamut , millet, and quinoa. I add one tablespoon EACH per one cup of white rice.
Wash before cooking unless instructed that no washing required. Place white rice and grains in colander and rinse with running water. Add the same amount of water as you cook with regular white rice. For example, I cook 2 cups of white rice and 2/3 cup of grains with 3 & 1/2 cups of water. If you didn’t care for grain rice, add one teaspoon of sea salt. It will make grains sweeter. Read more How to Cook and Store White Rice.