Toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame seed oil give a rich, dark flavor to this steamed vegetable dish.


2 teaspoons hulled sesame seeds
1 1/4 pounds asparagus, cut into 2-inch lengths
6 ounces snow peas, strings removed
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt


1 In a small, ungreased skillet, toast the sesame seeds over low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to prevent further cooking.

2 In a vegetable steamer, cook the asparagus and snow peas until tender, about 4 minutes.

3 Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bell pepper, sesame oil, and salt, and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings

Pasta with Asparagus & Snow Peas Omit the sesame seeds. Cook 8 ounces of linguine or fettuccine. In step 3, increase the sesame oil to 1 tablespoon. Add the cooked pasta to the bowl of vegetables. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and toss everything together.

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 61
total fat 2.4g
saturated fat 0.4g
cholesterol 0mg
dietary fiber 3g
carbohydrate 8g
protein 4g
sodium 301mg

good source of: beta carotene, fiber, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E

If you are concerned about sodium levels, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Weight Loss, edited by Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

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Published: 26 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015