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Tamagoyaki

The first time I ever had tamagoyaki was in Tokyo and I loved it. There are different variations of this dish. Some people use dashi powder in their mixture or like my grandmother, use only granulated sugar and soy sauce. If you want your egg roll to look nice, invest in a rectangular shaped pan.…

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…

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…

Breakfast Casserole Lessons

Well, I recently noticed that some of my abdominal muscles are visible so I decided to start counting my Macros (macro-nutrients) and calories hoping to eventually see the rest of my abs. This decision involved in-depth recipe research via Pinterest and I found an interesting breakfast casserole that I decided to try, substituting a few ingredients. Sometimes substitutions work great and sometimes they do not. I would say that this (with chunky salsa) was pretty good fresh out of the oven. However, I cannot decide if it looks delicious or not and I was definitely not a fan of the…

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…

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…

Pie Crust For Savory Pies

For my tomato pie, I used a recipe from The Gracious Wife. This is a great non-sweet pie crust that is easy to make. Like this recipe, many crust recipes I have used say that you have enough dough for two pies. I never do probably because I am not the most experienced rolling pin operator. This made one 9-inch deep dish crust and one ramekin-sized crust. I think you could get at least six crusts for standard round ramekins from this recipe. Ingredients ¾ cup shortening 2¼ cups flour ½ cup cold water Directions In a large mixing bowl, cut shortening and…

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…

Slow Cooker Wings

One of our Minnesota friends told us about using root beer to make wings in the slow cooker. I used A&W Diet Root Beer and a Carolina barbecue sauce. I will say that I do not like the entire wing, I prefer drumettes. I did not do this, but you can make double the sauce and actually add it in the slow cooker along with the root beer.  I modified this Carolina Sauce Recipe. Barbecue Sauce Ingredients 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup ketchup 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup yellow mustard 1 tablespoon onion powder 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon…

Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

A long time ago, I modified a southwestern stuffed pepper recipe into a more diet friendly version. This time, I switched from lean ground beef to ground turkey, nixed the cheese, black beans, olive oil, and prepackaged taco seasoning, and added light sour cream and salsa. You could make these on “meal prep day” for a week’s worth of filling, healthy, microwavable lunches. For the taco seasoning, I have used recipes from both Gimme Some Oven and Rachel Cooks. Personally, I like more red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder. Ingredients 1 lb Ground Turkey 1/2 Cup Chopped Onions Taco Seasoning 1/2- 2/3 Cup Water 3 Bell Peppers,…