Bottled Asian sauces are quite high in sodium. Check the label carefully. Fish sauce is listed as containing about 1,400 mg of sodium per tablespoon by the USDA. The bottle in my fridge, Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce, is 690 mg but I have seen sauces with over 2,000 mg of sodium per serving. The same applies for the red curry paste. Check the label and shop around a bit.
It is key to finely mince the ginger. Take your time and get the minced bits as small as possible so that they cook evenly and you are not biting down on a large piece of ginger.
They are called "baked beans," and you can put the pot in the oven instead of cooking these on the stovetop, but I find it easier to control the cooking using the range.
Slowly cooking the sausage so that the fat renders out of it is the key to giving this recipe fullest flavor without adding fat in the form of a roux (which is butter and flour). Be patient and cook this slooooowwwly. The beans will break down and thicken the dish (and of course mashing a few against the side of the pot with your spoon as it cooks won't hurt either).
In May of last year I wrote an article entitled "In Praise of Brown Rice," explaining that one of the few places I still use white rice is in risottos. A chef friend told me about brown arborio rice, and I tried it in one of my risotto dishes, finding that it does take a lot longer to cook, but you do still get the same creaminess of white arborio while getting the extra fiber and nutrients from brown rice.
Not long afterwards a reader sent me a link to a New York Times article about the levels of arsenic in rice and asked, "Given that brown rice contains higher levels of arsenic than white, do you consider it safe?" The article she referred to actually covers the relative risks fairly well: as with mercury in fish, the recommendation is to eat a variety of grains and not limit yourself to just brown rice or just white rice. Today's Health & Nutrition Bite addresses the question of rice and arsenic exposure, although somewhat indirectly (Am J Clin Nutr 2015;101:164-72).
A team of researchers at Harvard noted that chronic exposure to low levels of inorganic arsenic (the type readily absorbed from water by rice plants) has been linked to increased risk of vascular and cardiovascular diseases. Through analyzing the data gathered through three long-term, large-scale studies that include both dietary information and health outcomes, they were able to assess the impact of arsenic intake from rice consumption on the risk of heart disease. Arsenic in rice »
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