Sustenance

Gluten-free sautéed spinach with sesame dressing

Sustenance

Gluten-free sautéed spinach with sesame dressing

Want to make a great gluten-free Asian meal? Chef Nancy Waldeck with Cancer Wellness at Piedmont shared this recipe for sauteed spinach, cucumber salad and dry tofu.

Sauteed spinach ingredients:

  • 1 bag spinach

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 cup grated carrot

  • Sesame dressing*

  • Sesame seeds

Spinach instructions:

  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and cook and stir the spinach until wilted.

  • Remove from the heat and toss with dressing until coated.

  • Garnish with sesame seeds.

*Sesame dressing ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • ½ tablespoon tamari

  • 1 teaspoon sesame paste (tahini)

  • 2 to four tablespoons canola oil

Sesame dressing instructions:

  • Whisk the honey, sake, tamari and tahini together. Add in the oil a tablespoon at a time, to taste.

Cucumber salad ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers, sliced thinly on a mandolin

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 serrano, jalapeno or Thai chili, ribbed and seeded

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon tamari

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes

  • ½ coarsely chopped roasted cashews

Cucumber salad instructions:

  • Toss the cucumbers and cilantro together in a colander and let sit while you make the dressing.

  • Place the garlic, chile, lime juice, tamari, honey and chili flakes in a food processor and puree. Spoon the mixture over the cucumber and toss to incorporate. Sprinkle with cashews and serve.

Dry fry tofu ingredients:

  • 16 ounces extra-firm tofu

  • ½ cup Braggs or tamari

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • ½ cup sake

Dry fry tofu instructions:

  • Cut your tofu in triangles or strips. Put a clean kitchen towel on the top of a cutting board, place your tofu on it and place another towel on top. Put a skillet on top of the towel and set aside for an hour.

  • In a nonstick skillet, dry fry the tofu until golden on both sides, pressing the top to release any other water.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the Braggs, vinegar, onion, garlic and sake. Place the toasted tofu in the bowl and set aside for at least 30 minutes before using it.

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