All posts filed under: Lunch

Onigiri

Onigiri is a rice ball made from white “sticky” rice. Typically they are in a triangular or cylindrical shape. You can find onigiri wrapped in nori seaweed (the same kind of seaweed used for sushi rolls), filled with umeboshi (pickled plum), or filled with things liks salmon, pickled fruit or vegetables, dried foods, tempura, pork or other kinds of fish. You can also spread miso paste like Marukome Ryotei No Aji on top and fry in a skillet or just mix in rice seasoning like JFC Nori Komi Furikake. You can also make onigiri sandwiches and yaki onigiri which are grilled rice balls. I will be attempting this at a later date. While in Japan, for breakfast, along with miso soup, we ate rice balls. During my miso soup lesson with my grandmother, we made rice balls. They are very easy to make and delicious. I used Nishiki Medium Grain white “sticky” rice and any Nori Roasted Seaweed Sheets will do. I prepared my rice using a rice cooker by first rinsing the rice. To …

Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made of dashi stock and miso paste. My grandmother adds in extra firm tofu and wakame (dried seaweed). Some people use spinach instead of wakame, or mushrooms with the tofu, or top with scallions. There are many variations and kinds of miso soup. There are also different kinds of miso. Read more about the different types here. I used Marukome Boy Ryotei No Aji Miso Paste which you can find in Asian markets. Ryotei No Aji contains a Dashi broth. Most other miso pastes do not have this broth cooked into the paste, but rather, need it added during the cooking process. I could not find the Genkai wakame my grandmother uses so I used Wel-Pac Fueru Wakame. Unless you know your supermarket carries a variety of tofu, you might want to pick some up at the Asian market. My supermarket only had Mori-Nu Silken Tofu. The amount of miso paste you use is based on your own preference. I love the flavor of miso paste so I use …

Meal Replacement Smoothies

These smoothies taste great and leave you feeling satisfied. Banana Nut Bread Smoothie Ingredients 1 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Ice 1 Small Banana 1/4 Cup Walnuts Directions In a blender, add milk, walnuts, and ice. Chop for a few seconds. Add in banana and vanilla. Blend. If too thick add more milk. For more sweetness add more vanilla. Approximate Calories: 374 Blueberry Banana Nut Bread Smoothie Ingredients 1 Cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Ice 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries 1 Small Banana 1/4 Cup Walnuts Directions In a blender, add milk, walnuts, and ice. Chop for a few seconds. Add in banana, vanilla, and blueberries. Blend. If too thick add more milk. For more sweetness add more vanilla. Approximate Calories: 454

Tomato Pie

I love tomatoes but somehow until yesterday, I had never eaten tomato pie. We gathered a ton of tomatoes from the garden this week so I pretty much had to make a tomato pie. As I drove to the grocery store, I had this overwhelming feeling of guilt because I had written “9-inch deep dish pie crust” on my list. I always make my own crusts and apparently, my brain did not want to live with the guilt and allowed me to completely forget to buy one. So, I had to make one and it was easy and turned out great. I had a little extra dough so I made a mini pie in a ramekin. Eat this hot or cold. Top with Tabasco, or red pepper flakes for extra spice. Serve at brunch or with a salad for dinner or eat if for lunch or breakfast. I looked at a lot of recipes. Tomato pies come in all forms and variations, recipes calling for basil or onions or garlic or no cheese. I ended modifying one from Eclectic Everyday. Ingredients …

Mexican Sweet Potato

So easy and delicious! You can use ground beef or ground turkey with taco seasoning. I make a homemade taco seasoning. Both the Gimme Some Oven and Rachel Cooks recipes I have used in past recipes are great. This would also be a great vegetarian recipe if you substituted the meat with a crumbled black bean burger. Make ahead of time, reheat, and top with desired toppings for easy lunches or dinners. Ingredients Yam or Sweet Potato Shredded Sharp Cheddar Ground Beef or Turkey or Black Bean Burger (crumbled) Taco Seasoning Sour Cream Salsa directions Prepare ground beef or turkey with taco seasoning. (I made my taco seasoning and prepared the ground beef beforehand and then just warmed it up.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a fork to poke holes on all sides of sweet potato. Microwave sweet potato for five minutes or use potato button on microwave. Cut open sweet potato and carefully stir up contents. Line a baking sheet with foil and place sweet potato on foil. Place ground meat and shredded cheese …