Sesame Miso Salad Dressing

sesame miso dressing in jar

Perfect for dressing your salad at your next Japanese meal, this flavorful dressing combines miso, sesame oil, freshly grated ginger and garlic, Mirin seasoning sake, seasoned rice vinegar, and honey to a base of neutral vegetable oil. I just bought a big bottle of rice bran oil to fry my tempura in, and it worked nicely in the dressing.

Ingredients: Makes 1/2 cup dressingingredients for sesame miso dressing

1/4 cup rice bran oil, or other neutral vegetable oil

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 Tb water

1 Tb seasoned rice vinegar

1 Tb Mirin seasoning sake

2 tsp honey

2 tsp red miso

1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger root (peeled)

1 small garlic clove, finely grated (1/4 tsp)

1 tsp sesame seeds to sprinkle on salad

Combine all ingredients except sesame seeds in blender and run on high until dressing is emulsified. Pour on salad greens, then sprinkle sesame seeds on salad.

Store leftovers in a jar in the refrigerator.

salad with sesame miso dressing

 

My Homemade Muesli

Muesli

muesli with berries

I eat my homemade muesli every workday morning for a crunchy high protein start to my day that keeps me full all morning. It’s made with oatmeal, quinoa flakes, raw nuts and seeds, and a dash of cinnamon for sweetness and flavor. I serve it with fresh fruit such as berries or peaches and 1% milk.  (I used freeze-dried blueberries from Trader Joe’s when fresh fruit was out of season.)

muesli ingredients: Makes 8 cups (8 servings)

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup quinoa flakes

3/4 cup pepitas (green shelled pumpkin seeds)

3/4 cup sliced raw almonds and/or diced roasted almonds (I get mine from Berkeley Bowl)

3/4 cup shelled raw pistachios

¼ cup ground flax seeds (flax-seed meal) must be refrigerated or frozen

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds (no, you will not get high from them!)

1 tsp cinnamon (to taste)

Mix together and store in airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Matzo Meal Chicken

This was one of my favorite dishes my mom made when I was a kid. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t tweak it! I added sesame seeds to the matzo meal and used olive oil spray instead of drizzling margarine on the chicken as she did. This recipe calls for boneless, skinless breasts, but you can make it with a cut-up  chicken as my mom did. It will just take longer to cook.

Preheat oven to 375◦

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 eggs

2/3 cup of matzo meal

1/4 cup plus a few spoonfuls sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon garlic salt

several grinds pepper

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Olive oil spray

Combine dry ingredients in a shallow bowl

Beat the eggs well in a small bowl

Line a jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with sides) with foil. Place a rectangular rack (such as a cookie cooling rack) in it (it should just fit). Spray it with nonstick spray.

Rinse the chicken breasts and trim any excess fat.

Dip each breast in the egg

and then roll it in the matzo meal-sesame mixture until it is well coated.

(You may have to wash your hands a few times in between chicken pieces; this gets messy!)

Spray one side with olive oil spray, and then place that side down on the oiled rack. Spray the other side with the olive oil spray. Repeat for all breasts, spacing them so there is some room between them.

Bake in the oven until browned, about 1/2 an hour, then flip over. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of sesame seeds on top if some of the coating has fallen off, and bake until the other side is browned.

Sesame Seed Salmon Steaks

We enjoyed this in a restaurant in New York  and I said “I think I can figure out how to make this.” After two tries, I think I’ve got it perfect. The salmon is moist with a crunchy sesame seed crust. It makes an easy weeknight dinner with a salad or stir fry veggies on the side.

Serves 3
 
1 pound salmon steak
Juice from ½ lemon
3 Tb sesame seeds
¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
 

Squeeze the half lemon over both sides of the salmon.

Heat a heavy frying pan with olive and sesame oils.

Pour sesame seeds onto a plate and arrange in the shape of the salmon steak and sprinkle salt over them.

Press each side of the steak into the seeds so that it is well coated.

Place salmon in the hot oil, and then turn the flame to medium low. Fry for about 10 minutes on each side until salmon is fully cooked.

“Daddy Cereal” Oatmeal

When I was a little kid, my daddy made us oatmeal for breakfast so often that we called oatmeal “Daddy Cereal.”  I’m posting this on Father’s Day  in his memory.

These days I make oatmeal for my family. We only like the regular kind, not the quick oats, which taste mushy. (We really dislike the flavored packaged stuff, which is overly sweet and tastes artificial.) Oatmeal really does lower cholesterol, so if you need to keep yours down, it is a delicious choice.

Serves 2

ingredients

2 cups water

1 cup oatmeal

¼  cup raisins

½ tsp cinnamon

shake or two of salt

a handful of walnut pieces

I mix the cinnamon and raisins with the water and oats, which adds a natural sweetness. 1/8 cup raisins per person is 70 calories.

ingredients in pot

Boil,  then cook for 5 minutes on medium flame, stirring often. When it’s done,  add maybe a teaspoon of maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter. Serve with milk  (or soy milk for a vegan version.) I like to add walnuts to the oatmeal. It adds a delicious crunch as well as extra protein for making it through the morning.

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