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Fresh Ideas for Healthy Living
by Cheryl Tallman, Healthy Eating

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A bento is a divided box that originated in Japan. Bento boxes are made from a wide variety of materials, including lacquer, bamboo, plastic and stainless steel. A traditional bento meal includes carbohydrates (rice or noodles), protein (fish, chicken, meat, or tofu), vegetables and fruit. Foods are arranged in the box to display a colorful, healthy meal with a wonderful variety of flavors and tastes.
bento box

We've developed a family-friendly Bento Box dinner to prepare and enjoy. The recipes are infused with the Japanese ingredients that you can find in the Asian foods section of your grocery store.

Steamed Edamame

If you can boil water, you can make edamame. While
traditionally served in the pods, the pods are not edible. To eat, simply squeeze the pod with your thumb and forefinger and the edamame beans pop right out. steamed edamame

Frozen edamame (about 10 pods per person)
Pinch of kosher or sea salt

Directions: Bring about 3-4 quarts of water to a boil and place the edamame in the boiling water. Cook 3-5 minutes. Drain. When plating, sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Have another bowl at the table to put the empty pods in.

salmonGrilled Salmon with Red Miso Sauce

Miso Sauce:
1/2 cup red miso paste
1/3 cup sake
3 Tbsp. chicken stock (or Dashi)
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
4 6-ounce Salmon fillets, skinned

Directions: To make the sauce, combine all four ingredients in a saucepan and stir to a smooth sauce. Place saucepan on the stove over medium heat and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. ...    Continue

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@ 4:08pm ET on June 18, 2012 lovely artice...i love japanese!
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