We think of watermelon as the stuff of fruit salads, but it's also great in savory ones. In this Vietnamese- and Thai-inspired recipe, melon and cucumber are the cool contrast to sliced chile and grilled pork (chicken works, too).
With its refreshing flavors, this sandwich -- a take on the Vietnamese banh mi -- is perfect the day after Thanksgiving. It combines turkey with spicy mayonnaise, fresh, crisp vegetables, and fragrant cilantro. Precise measurements aren't necessary; fill as you like.
In Vietnam, pho, as this rice-noodle soup is known, is often enjoyed for breakfast. Nutritionists recommend incorporating red meat into one's diet just as it's used here -- in small portions and as a complement to other foods. The soup also includes bean sprouts and a handful of fresh herbs. The stock needs to be refrigerated for at least six hours; make it a day ahead.
Susan Sugarman, senior food editor of Martha Stewart Living, likes to prepare a simple Vietnamese chicken salad using savoy or Chinese cabbage and thinly sliced poached chicken. The salad's distinctive flavor comes from a combination of mint, cilantro, Vietnamese fish sauce, and roasted peanuts.
Encourage kids to assemble their own meal at the table by presenting the aromatic broth, noodles, vegetables, and garnishes for this flavorful soup from Laurie David's "The Family Dinner" cookbook in individual serving bowls.
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