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9 Healthy Korean Recipes You Can Make at Home

Broccoli, Mushroom, and Sesame Salad

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This fresh salad can be served as a starter or as a larger plate. The nutty sesame oil works well with the tart apple vinegar and spicy gochugaru. And if you come away with leftover mushrooms, you'll have to try one of these creative mushroom recipes.

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Soy Glazed Tofu Salad

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This healthy yet satisfying salad makes a great vegetarian appetizer, and even works as an entree on nights you're craving something homemade and not too heavy. (Confused on how to best prepare tofu? Check out these 6 Mistakes You're Probably Making When You Cook Tofu.)

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Soy Milk Noodle Soup

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Light and rich at the same time, this cold soup will fill you up without filling you out. Traditionally, it's served in the summer and made with soy milk and thin wheat noodles.

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Soju Watermelon Punch

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Perfect for backyard barbecues, this refreshing boozy punch combines fresh watermelon with the Korean liquor soju.

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Kimchi Pancakes

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With crispy edges, these savory, satisfying pancakes truly let the flavor of kimchi shine. If you have extra kimchi left over from another meal, give them a try—you won't be disappointed.

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Noodles with Black Bean Paste

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This beloved dish is tough to find outside of Korea, but now you can make it at home thanks to this surprisingly easy recipe. (If you eat wheat-free, check out these 7 Types of Pasta That Are More Nutritious Than Plain Noodles.)

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Mixed Rice Bowl with Beef (Bibimbap)

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Bibimbap is filled with healthy vegetables, and, luckily, any veggies you have in your refrigerator will work. The cooking process happens quickly, so gather your ingredients before you begin.

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Soy and Sesame Spinach

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This side dish tastes great cold or at room temperature, and perfectly pairs the freshness of spinach with earthy sesame oil and soy sauce.

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Steamed Eggplant

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A Korean staple, this sweet-salty-spicy eggplant recipe is also easy make it at home. Look for lavender Korean eggplants, or remove the peel if you use a Western variety eggplant.

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Blow Them Away

You've heard that water attracts mosquitoes, but did you know that wind drives them away? Even a light breeze makes it hard for mosquitoes to fly. But if waiting for a breezy night for your cookout isn't in the cards, try plugging in a fan out on the patio. Direct the air flow downward since these pests fly low to the ground looking to avoid the wind.

This article originally appeared on PureWow.

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Eat More Garlic

Garlic oil, which is released from your pores after eating it, acts like a barrier between your skin's scents and mosquitoes. Be careful with this one, though. It may repel friends and family in the process.

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Shove a Dryer Sheet In Your Pocket

If you don't have essential oil lying around or an abundant garden at the ready, the same idea works with your basic Bounce sheets. Any strong scent will keep mosquitoes at bay.

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