Quick and Tasty Foods from Your Supermarket's Asian Aisle
Asian Home Gourmet Spice Pastes
These seasoning packets (plus meat or pasta) let you cook Vietnamese lemongrass chicken and Singaporean curry noodles without buying a basketful of obscure ingredients.
$2 each; Asian markets and gourmet stores
The Ginger People Organic Ginger
Add a spoonful of jarred, ready-to-use minced or grated ginger (it's like prechopped garlic) to stir-fries, coleslaw, and marinades for a zingy flavor boost.
$3; Whole Foods
Annie Chun's Seaweed Snacks
Crispy, roasted seaweed strips are a healthy alternative to potato chips—plus they're high in omega-3s and contain only about 60 calories per package.
$2 each; supermarkets
Marukome Miso & Easy
A squirt of this concentrated broth transforms hot water into Japanese miso soup (add vegetables or tofu for a heartier version). Or use it straight up as a marinade for roasted chicken or grilled streak.
$5; Asian markets
Simply Asia Noodle Bowls
Think of these hearty meals-in-a-bowl as an updated take on instant ramen. Just add water and pop in the microwave for hot noodles in a spicy Mongolian sauce or sesame teriyaki glaze.
A Taste of Thai Spicy Peanut Bake
Roll chicken in this crunchy coating for a Thai version of chicken tenders, or toss the mix with broccoli to create an unexpected side dish.