Cooking can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially if you're short on time or lack experience in the kitchen. But fear not, because we've got you covered with our staff cookbook filled with easy-to-make recipes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. As part of our Healthy Eating on a Budget monthly social, we've compiled this short cook book with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make cooking at home a breeze.
So why not ditch the takeout and start creating delicious meals in your own kitchen?
By: Thanh Nguyen, AWFH Marketing Intern
Suspecting Asian foods that are surprisingly healthy and inexpensive to prepare.
Nutritious meals are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy doesn’t mean being on a strict diet. The new norm is “There will be no mindless calorie counting, but rather a focus on food choices, balance, meal and snack ideas, and using both internal and external cues of food regulation.” Monique Ryan (MS, RDN, LDN) of Personal Nutrition Designs, LLC.
We agree with Ryan that food should nourish, energize, and sustain the body, as well as be enjoyable to eat. Some dieting practices look to be the exact opposite since they are overly restricted, promote perfectionist mindset, all-or-nothing mentality, shame, and guilt. Dieting can damage a person's relationship with food as well as their metabolism. As humans, it is common for individuals to evaluate a book by its cover and dismiss uncertainty. Therefore, some folks are unwilling to try new and "unusual" Asian dishes. In reality, they are delicious and nutritious.
Most Asian dinners include rice and at least one side dish. Little did you know, Asian cuisine does not end there; we have an abundance of inexpensive recipes. Despite the argument that some dishes appear unappetizing or unhealthy, you may be surprised to discover what they conceal. Let's look at the healthy signature foods of every region of Asia.
South Korea: Jajangmyeon - Great for after school and dinner
The blackbean sauce may cause some hesitation, but you should trust the process. Jajangmyeon is a simple dish consisting of nutritious ingredients: Chunjang (the black bean sauce), zucchini, onion, cabbage, scallions, and chicken. You can easily find Chunjang at many Asian stores or H-Mart.
China: Douhua - Great for those who have a sweet tooth
Banana pudding is a popular American dessert, how does tofu pudding (douhua) sound to you? Some argue about the strange, gelatinous texture of douhua, but once you try it, you never go back. This recipe uses gelatin instead of other chemical coagulants. You can use agar agar for vegan purposes.
Vietnam: Banh Xeo - Great for eating with family members and to snack on.
Banh Xeo is a Vietnamese sizzling crepe that holds pork belly, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Despite it being fried, you can reduce the amount of oil with a non-stick frying pan. Banh Xeo can be eaten with rice paper, vegetables such as mustard green, lettuce, mint, and dipped in sweet and tangy “nuoc mam.” It’s about the combination that supplies nutrition to your body!
India: Chana Masala - Great for simple dinner
Many argue about the simplicity of the dish, but it is the most healthy dish that you can quickly prepare for dinner. “Chana” is a Hindi word for “chickpeas” - a great source of protein - and “Masala” refers to “spiced gravy.” Therefore, the dish is simmered chickpeas in a spicy onion tomato gravy. Chana Masala is also great for vegetarians.
The Philippines: Sinigang Na Isda - Great for dinner
Many individuals often hesitate when it comes to eating fish. Sinigang Na Isda can give you a different perspective if you have an open mind. Fish sinigang or sinigang na isda is a type of Filipino fish soup wherein fish is cooked in a sour broth together with a variety of vegetables. It is best to eat it with warm rice.
As a bonus, below is a sneak peek of some recipes from our AWFH cookbook!
Asia is the origin of exotic cuisines, and the list can go on. Please feel free to share your favorite recipes in the comments below!
Asian Women For Health is excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual social event called Healthy Eating on a Budget on February 22, 2023. Register now to learn how to master Asian healthy eating and low-cost recipes from our guest speakers! If you are interested in being on the panel, please contact Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston, MA – Asian Women for Health (AWFH) announced today the appointment of Nandini Sangarasivam Choudhury, LCSW, MPH and Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner, J.D. to our Board of Directors. Following these appointments, the board will comprise of 8 members with backgrounds ranging from biotechnology to public health consulting to reproductive health social work.
In addition, board elections were held on October 20th and the board has appointed Adam Thomas as the new Chair and Amali De Zoysa as the new Clerk of the board.
“As we pursue our goal of growing AWFH as an organization and our reach in the AAPI community,” said Chien-Chi Huang, AWFH Founder and Executive Director, “It’s imperative that we have a well-rounded board that can take us to that next level. With Adam’s extensive experience and long history of leadership, he is an ideal person for the role of Chair and I look forward to working closely with Adam towards AWFH’s mission of improving the health outcomes and well being of Asian women all across the nation.”
Mr. Thomas brings to the Board over 20 years of experience in human resources and leading companies to recruit and retain top talent. He holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in human resource management from the University of the West of England
He has served as the Chief People Officer at Synlogic since July 2017, where he is responsible for all human resource functions. During his time at Synlogic he also served as the Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Synlogic, he served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Research and Development at Shire during a period when the company underwent major expansion, doubling the size of its research and development workforce in Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, he has also served as director in various human resources functions at companies like S. C. Johnson & Son and Company and Pfizer.
In his new role, Mr. Thomas hopes to continue to drive AWFH’s focus on empowering Asian women to build the strength and confidence to become champions for health equity through education, advocacy, and support.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Thomas stated: “I am honored to have been appointed to the role of Chair at an important and exciting time for Asian Women for Health. Under Chien-Chi’s leadership the organization continues to expand its impact on closing the health gap experienced by Asian women, a gap that has been increasingly evident as we emerge from the pandemic. I look forward to working with the Board, Chien-Chi and the AWFH team to advance our mission and meet the challenges of the community we serve.”
For any further questions or inquiries, please contact:
Hilary Wong, Communications and Partnerships Coordinator
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For the next series of blogs, I would like raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately affect Asians and how we can work together to understand and address these issues.
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