Written by Chisa Nagai, Grant & Development

To celebrate the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, here are a few simple Japanese recipes that you can make using summer vegetables!

Japanese Grilled Eggplant (Yaki nasu)

Yaki nasu is a very easy-to-prepare dish that features Japanese eggplants. Served with soy sauce, grated ginger and bonito flakes, this dish brings out the mellow flavor of Japanese eggplants. Click here to check out the recipe!

Pickled Cucumbers (Asazuke)

Asazuke is a simple, healthy dish that features cucumbers. It pairs great with rice, and it is perfect for the summer time since cucumbers have a cooling effect. Click here to check out the recipe! 

Source: Hot Pepper

Green Bean Goma-ae 

Green bean goma-ae is a simple dish consisting of green beans and a homemade sesame dressing. The green beans can also be substituted with a wide variety of vegetables, such as spinach, asparagus, and okra to name a few. Click here to check out the recipe!

Candied Sweet Potatoes (Daigaku imo)

Daigaku imo is a sweet dish that features sweet potatoes. It can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack, and it is popular among people of all ages. Click here to check out the recipe!

Source: Yurai

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