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.
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.