Steamed clams deliver big flavor and lean protein

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 9:52 am •  Published: February 26, 2013
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That's it. Quick, easy, nutritious, delicious and satisfying. Try it and see if you don't end up happier than a clam.

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ASIAN STEAMED CLAMS OR MUSSELS WITH BROCCOLI RABE

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon grated or finely chopped fresh ginger

1/2 cup finely chopped scallions (white and green parts)

3 large cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Chinese chili sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

3 dozen littleneck clams or 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed well

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

3 cups blanched and coarsely chopped broccoli rabe

8 thick slices country-style bread, toasted

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium high. Add the ginger, scallions and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the chili sauce, white wine, chicken broth and clams. Cover tightly and cook until the clams start to open. As they open, transfer the clams to a bowl. It will take 7 to 10 minutes for all the clams to open. Discard any clams that do not open.

Keep the saucepan over medium heat. Return the clams and any liquid in the bowl to the pan. Add the broccoli rabe, then cook just until heated through. Add the sesame oil and stir well. Divide the clams and broccoli rabe, along with the cooking liquid, between 4 shallow soup bowls. Serve each bowl with a few slices of toasted bread and a soup spoon.

Nutrition information per serving: 450 calories; 100 calories from fat (22 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (0.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 45 mg cholesterol; 52 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 29 g protein; 500 mg sodium.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television's "Sara's Weeknight Meals" and has written three cookbooks, including "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners."