Growing up in Hawaii and California, I was blessed to eat a lot of outstandingly delicious Asian food. Living in Latin America now, I rarely encounter any Asian restaurant that could qualify as authentic and I definitely miss the flavors. The majority of the fruits and vegetables growing here, however, are either from Asia or were brought to there as a result of European colonialism, so it's not too challenging to bring a little Asian flavor into the kitchen down here. Sure, it's hard to find real soy sauce or curry paste or miso but you can make do without it. Here's one quick, easy and filling meal that will help you satisfy your craving.

Asian-Inspired Salad
Mung bean sprouts
Snow peas
Thai spinach (this is the variety you will find all over Latin America)
Radish
Carrot
Tomatoes
Red & green bell pepper
Green onions
Avocado
Hard boiled egg
Brown rice

Jalapeño Lime Dressing
/2 inch ginger
1 clove garlic
Green onions
1/2 jalapeño, seeded
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup sesame oil (or coconut oil if you can't find any)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

Slice all your veggies thinly and place over a bowl of brown rice. Slice your boiled egg and place on top, sprinkling with green onions, sesame seeds and cilantro to taste. Blend all dressing ingredients until emulsified and pour over your salad. Simple as that! Enjoy!

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