Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food

How to cook "with visual instructions" healthy, traditional and delicious Japanese dishes!!


8 Comments

Vegan Quinoa Bowl with Almond Sauce (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Vegan Quinoa Bowl with Almond Sauce”. 

IMG_3184_Foodgawker1

Lately, I love using almond butter for making sauces because it reminds me of Asian flavor!! In this recipe, I use lemon juice, onion powder and garlic powder for the sauce to make the recipe simpler. However, when I combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, almond butter and a hint of sesame oil, it becomes a totally Asian dish!! 

IMG_3230_Fopdgawker4

In addition to the sauce, I use a little bit of warm water to adjust the consistency. You can use some olive oil but since almond butter is high in healthy fat, I don’t need to add unnecessary fat. 

IMG_3186_Foodgakwer3

This dish is wonderful because you can translate the dish into a taste that fits your preference. You can use any kind of vegetables for topping. And if you are not following a vegan diet, it is good to add some cooked chicken!! Plus, you can use any kind of spice in the sauce. I like using some curry powder too!!

The recipe is so simple:
Collage_Fotorquinoasalad
Cook quinoa. Mix the sauce ingredients. Cut vegetables (Cook them if you need. I cooked the tofu and broccoli). Place everything in a serving plate.

*Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Vegan Quinoa Bowl with Almond Sauce

IMG_3185_Foodgawker2


Ingredients (1 serving)
*Click BLUE TEXT to link to the product on Amazon*

¼ cup Quinoa

½ cup Vegetable Broth

(for topping)

¼ pack (about 3 oz.) Firm Tofu

½ cup Broccoli floret

¼ cup Cooked Corn Kernel

½ Red Bell Pepper

½ cup Baby Arugula 

(for sauce)

1 Tbsp. Classic Almond Butter by Justin’s

Juice of ½ Lemon

2~3 Tbsp. Warm Water

Some Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder


*Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Vegan Quinoa Bowl with Almond Sauce

Advertisements


5 Comments

Simple Tofu and Tomato Salad (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Tofu and Tomato Salad”. This dish is super easy but so delicious and a very nutritious salad!!

IMG_30902_Foodgawker1-3

In this recipe I roasted sliced tomato and tofu in the oven, but roasting is totally optional. You can make this salad without roasting! You might want to drain the tofu with paper towels and weights. See how to drain tofu here.   Sesame Tofu Recipe

The reason I cook the tomato is because the nutrition from the tomato increases when it is cooked, and more importantly I like soft and sweet tomato! If you don’t like tofu aroma very much, I highly recommend cooking the tofu and eating with lemon juice, which I use for the dressing in this recipe. 

IMG_30802

Here is a little tip to store tomatoes. For good keeping, wrap a tomato individually with plastic wrap and store in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. It will  keep longer then when it is stored in the refrigerator on its own.

The recipe is

Collage_Fotortomatosalad

Slice a tomato and tofu. Roast 10 minutes 400 °F. Drizzle with dressing which is a mixture of lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Tofu and Tomato Salad

IMG_3089_Foodgawker2_2


Ingredients (1 serving)

¼ pack Firm Tofu

1 Medium Tomato

½ Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Lemon Juice from ½ Small Lemon

Salt and Pepper


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Tofu and Tomato Salad

Here is the recipe video:


3 Comments

Sautéed Beef and Green Beans with Ginger (Gluten-Free)

Today I introduce you to “Sautéed Beef and Green Beans with Ginger”. This dish is very healthy, easy to make, and amazingly delicious!

IMG_2995_Foodgawker1

It looks like a Chinese dish, but I use ginger, soy sauce and cooking sake (You can use some broth instead if you don’t want to use alcohol in your dish.) as seasoning so it has a very light flavorful taste, is not greasy and is not too sweet.

In Japan, most beef dishes are made with thin sliced beef. For example Sukiyaki! If you can get thin sliced beef, you might want to use it to cook this dish because it is easy to cook and it also has a soft texture that combines well with other ingredients in your mouth! In the recipe I cut the beef into strips. This is another yummy way to make the dish!!

Beef is a great source of protein as you know, but it also is high in essential amino-acid and is higher in iron than chicken. I don’t eat red meat so often, but when I feel lack of energy I try to eat beef. And it is effective! In addition eating beef with vegetables makes us absorb beef nutrition more easily. 

I always recommend eating small portions of a variety of  dishes. The recipe is a handful size of food as a main dish. When you make this dish you can serve it with some rice, soup and salad, which is very filling and nutritious!!

The recipe is easy!

Collage_Fotorbeefsautee
Cut all ingredients. Cook and season. (Cook green beans well because we can’t eat raw green beans.)

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Sauteed Beef and Green Beans with Ginger

IMG_2995_Foodgawker2


Ingredients (servings 2)
*Click BLUE TEXT to link to the product on Amazon*

0.3 lb. Beef Sirloin

15 ~20 Green Beans

½ Red Bell Pepper

1 tsp. Grated Ginger

1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

1 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Sauteed Beef and Green Beans with Ginger


19 Comments

Easy Chicken Meatballs Soup (Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to Easy Chicken Meatball Soup. It takes only about 15 minutes to cook so is great to add as one more dish for weekday dinners. You can use any kind of ground meat that you have in your refrigerator.

IMG_2593_Fodgawker1

I sometimes add tofu to my meatballs recipes but in this recipe I use only ground chicken so it is very juicy and flavorful!! 

It is low calorie and low fat dish. This dish makes you warm, gives your metabolism a boost, and helps improve your immunity so it is great to help you recover from sickness and get back a good appetite.

The recipe is very easy.

Collage_Fotormeatballsoup
Mix ground chicken and seasoning well, and cook in the soup.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Easy Chicken Meatballs Soup

IMG_2595_Foodgawker3


Ingredients (servings 2)

½ lb. Ground Chicken Meat

1 tsp. Grated Ginger

2 Tbsp. Corn Starch

¼ tsp. plus 1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Soy Sauce

2 cups Chicken Stock

Some Chopped Green Onion (to taste)


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Easy Chicken Meatballs Soup


22 Comments

Cod Tempura

Today I introduce you to “Cod Tempura”. 

Cod has soft white non-fatty meat and a light taste. It is high in good protein and vitamin B12. In Japan we use Cod a lot for homemade dishes. For example, hotpot dishes, simmered dishes, fried dishes and so on. 

IMG_2715_Foodgawker

I would like to talk about Tempura a little bit. At many restaurants in the US, tempura has a very thick and seasoned batter. But Authentic tempura has thin, crunchy and unseasoned batter to enjoy the taste of the fresh ingredients. When we eat tempura, we can spread a little bit of salt or dip into a light dashi sauce which comes with it.

In this recipe, I don’t use any seasoning, but if you want, you can use some salt when you eat it.

IMG_2716_foodgawker

The recipe is

Collage_Fotortempra
Cut cod and dredge with some flour. Mix egg, cold water and flour as batter and dip the cod into the batter. fry for 4 minutes.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Cod Tempura

IMG_2719_foodgawker


Ingredients (Servings 2)

2 Cod Fillets 

½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. Flour

½ cup Cold Water

1 Egg

Vegetable Oil for frying


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Cod Tempura


10 Comments

Simple Creamy Potato Salad

Today I introduce you to Simple Creamy Potato Salad. The ingredients are potato, turkey ham and cucumber. The seasonings are mayo, salt and pepper. It is an easy and quick recipe. It takes only 20~25 minutes total. Of course you can use any kind of meat and vegetables you want, and also you can add more seasonings, such as onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and so on.

IMG_2679_Foodgawker2

Some people avoid potato because it is a carbohydrate, and also mayo because it can be high in calories. If you ask me, you can eat anything to be healthier. But portion size is key. For example, don’t eat a big amount of one dish at one meal, don’t eat just big amount of pasta for your lunch, or don’t eat just a bowl of salad for your dinner. Just eat small portions of various kinds of dishes to get many nutritious things in your body. (see also the post You can Eat Anything You Want! But… )

The recipe is

Collage_Fotorpotatosalad
Boil potato and mash. (If you like smooth potato salad, mash very well. If you like chunky potato salad, leave some chunks of potato.)
Combine all ingredients and seasonings and mix well.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Simple Creamy Potato Salad

IMG_2677_Foodgawker1


Ingredients (Servings 2)

1 Large Potato

1 Seedless Baby Cucumber

2 Pieces Turkey Ham

4 Tbsp. Mayonnaise

Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Water for cooking potato


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Simple Creamy Potato Salad


5 Comments

Egg and Ham Fried Rice (Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Egg and Ham Fried Rice”. My mother sometimes cooked various kinds of fried rice for us for weekend brunch because it is very quick, delicious and healthy. It takes 15 minutes if you have leftover steamed rice in your refrigerator. 

In this recipe, I used egg and turkey ham so it has great protein and carbohydrate. I recommend you eat this with salad and/or vegetable soup so that your meal has a perfect balance of nutrition. Plus when you sprinkle with some minced parsley for final presentation, the dish becomes a very spring like colorful dish!! 

IMG_2666_Foodgawker2

You can adjust the ingredients as you want. For example, you can add some carrot, cabbage and/or onion. You can use any kind of meat. Or you can make egg fried rice using just egg and rice! Fried rice ingredients are very flexible so you can make any kind of fried rice depending on what you want or what you have in your refrigerator.

The recipe is

Collage_eggfriedrice
Cook the seasoned beaten egg. Add rice and turkey ham. Stir-fry and season with salt and pepper.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Egg and Ham Fried Rice

IMG_2663_Foodgawker


Ingredients (2 servings)

3 Beaten Eggs + a pinch of Salt

3 Pieces Turkey Ham

2 Cups Steamed Rice

½ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

Some minced Parsley to taste

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Egg and Ham Fried Rice