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by Caitlin Saniga

Carrot ginger dressing

This carrot ginger dressing looks and tastes striking with fresh greens, shaved zucchini, edamame, you name it.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chopped bok choy salad with cucumbers and peanuts

The farmers market has been stocked with bok choy lately, and it’s quickly become one of our favorite salad ingredients. We love how juicy and crunchy the stems are! That, combined with the fact that we somehow have three types of peanuts in our pantry, was inspiration enough for this tangy Asian salad.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Sesame red rice

I made this right before I left Roanoke on the day I went outside and measured 18 inches of snow on the front porch. I’d gone to the grocery store the day before and bought a scant few snacks. But when the storm hit, I realized I didn’t have much in the way of real food. So I dug into the pantry and pulled some of my favorite Asian sauce ingredients from the fridge. Sesame quickly became the flavor that tied this dish together, and it was perfect with the already-nutty red rice.

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by Sarah Steimer

Rice wrappers are the best. They make for an incredible base for a simple, almost no-cook, quick meal. But fair warning, they do take a little practice to get perfect (and I do not have a perfect roll just yet).

Rice wrappers are the best. They make for an incredible base for a simple, almost no-cook, quick meal. But fair warning, they do take a little practice to get perfect (and I do not have a perfect roll just yet).

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by Sarah Steimer

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I made this salad for lunch one day and it hit the spot. Tahini, which is sesame seed paste, has a very nutty taste that incorporates itself especially well on the chicken. Another little hint — I tried putting a few drops of sriracha on my leftovers the next day and it would out of this world.


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by Sarah Steimer

We ate this after (stupidly) going grocery shopping on a Saturday. It was basically the best reward ever and didn't take long at all.

We ate this after (stupidly) going grocery shopping on a Saturday. It was basically the best reward ever and didn’t take long at all.

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by Sarah Steimer

Bill and I made pad thai for Valentine's Day last year --- and the result was pretty awful. The amount of fish sauce that recipe called for totally overwhelmed the dish and tasted like a dirty ocean. This Martha Stewart recipe, however, had one of the shortest list of sauce ingredients: only three. Looks like simple is best for pad thai.

Bill and I made pad thai for Valentine’s Day last year — and the result was pretty awful. The amount of fish sauce that recipe called for totally overwhelmed the dish and tasted like a dirty ocean. This Martha Stewart recipe, however, had one of the shortest list of sauce ingredients: only three. Looks like simple is best for pad thai.

  • 8 ounces dried, wide and flat rice noodles
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • vegetable oil
  • 1/2 14-ounce package of extra-firm tofu, cut into small cubes and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/3 cup julienned daikon radish
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted peanuts, chopped

NOTE: This recipe requires some quick working over the stove, so it’s very important to get all of your ingredients ready before you begin cooking.

Soak the noodles according to package directions.

Whisk together the brown sugar, lime juice and soy sauce in a small sauce pan. Warm the sauce over very low heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat off and cover to keep warm.

Heat either a large pan or a wok over medium-high heat until hot. Add a couple teaspoons of vegetable oil and allow the oil to get very hot, but not smoke. NOTE: A nonstick pan does work best for cooking tofu, but it is not necessary. If you do not have a nonstick pan, be sure to get the pan and oil very hot so the tofu does not stick.

I've used both a wok and a regular (not nonstick) pan for this meal and both turned out great.

I’ve used both a wok and a regular (not nonstick) pan for this meal and both turned out great.

Carefully add the tofu to the hot oil, which will pop when it meets the remaining water in the tofu. Cook the tofu over medium heat, occasionally tossing until the pieces are golden. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.

If needed, add a touch more oil to the hot pan. Add the onion whites, garlic, carrots and daikon. Cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan.

Add the eggs to the clear side of the pan (do not worry if the egg trickles into the veggies a bit). Use a spatula to move the eggs around, cooking until just set. Remove the eggs from the pan and set aside.

Add the drained rice noodles and the warm soy sauce mixture to the vegetables in the pan. Toss everything quickly to coat. Add the eggs — breaking them up as you go — and the tofu.

Serve the pad thai topped with the onion greens, cilantro and peanuts.

Makes about 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart

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