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The beginning of the year is a great time to think about trying new things and focusing on healthy eating. A great way to do just that is taking a culinary adventure in Asia. Asian cuisine is widely varied, focused on vegetables and lean protein and a great way to stretch your cooking skills. So let's begin the New Year with sharing some of our favorite Asian recipes.

I'll begin. I love how I can turn to Asian cuisine for quick and healthy meal options. I keep my pantry stocked with rice noodles, various kinds of rice and rice paper wrappers. My refrigerator has a wide variety of fresh vegetables, tofu and lean chicken, beef and assorted seafood in it. In addition, I've got a wide variety of ingredients on hand to put together a quick sauce at a moment's notice. As a result, I can put together a quick stir-fry, lo mein dish or spring rolls in less than 30 minutes. My favorite standby is a quick stir-fry consisting of finely chopped chicken breast, cubed eggplant, fried garlic and a spicy sweet sauce consisting of hoisin sauce and Thai chili-garlic sauce. I like serving it over brown rice or sometimes wrapped in fresh Boston lettuce leaves. Okay -- now it's your turn. Tell us about your favorite Asian dish and, if you're feeling generous, share the recipe here as well!

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