The Asian Diet:

Simple secrets for eating right, losing weight, and being well

by Jason Bussell  MSOM, Licensed Acupuncturist


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This book was not intended to be a cookbook, so I invite your input in this section.  If you have any recipes that you think adhere to the principles of The Asian Diet, please submit them for your fellow readers.  If you would like to be credited for them, please be sure to include your name and hometown in your email.  Send all recipes to:

Asian Diet Smoothie

Traditionally, Asians did not drink smoothies.  But smoothies are a good way to get a lot of vegetables in your diet.  Here I present how a smoothie can adhere to the principles of The Asian Diet and help improve your overall wellness. 


Salmon Wraps (Maki made easy)

What you see above is:
Roughly 1 lb of wild caught salmon, baked at 360 for 11 minutes with an olive oil glaze; flaked and mixed with organic white rice, the juice of 1-2 lemons, about six dollops of mayonnaise, and a dollop or three of spicy red pepper sauce, called Go Chu Jhaang (vinegared red pepper paste, available at your local Asian market). Adjust the proportions of sauces to taste, you could use other flavors as well (such as Louisiana hot sauce).

Nori (dried seaweed for wrapping sushi) is cut into quarters, and alfalfa (or other types of) sprouts go on the side.

To serve, take a forkful of the salmon-rice-mayo-gochujhaang mixture and put it into a piece of nori. Top it off with some sprouts and then roll it up like a cigar (or like Maki). Easy and healthy. The heat from the salmon warms the sprouts and makes them easier to digest. Seaweed (nori) is rich in minerals and most of us don't get enough. If you want to be fancy, you could roll them all ahead of time. But it's simple and fun to wrap them at the table as you go.
The soup is instant miso. It would be better to have homemade miso. The tea is green.