Learnings from making lunches

This past winter, I made an effort to make and bring lunches to work because I was tracking my macros and wanted to eat healthier and eat less restaurant food, which I was often opting for lunch and dinner (and occasionally store-bought breakfast). Living in Tokyo with almost unavoidable convenience to dine out in high quality at…

Acai bowl at home

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m in search of non-heated foods and fruit bowls, and acai bowl came to my mind. My first time having acai bowl was when Amalia bought home non-commercialized frozen acai from the street vendors in Rio de Janeiro (my post here). This was some legitimate local acai, which…

Warm swiss chard salad

It was in college when I discovered swiss chard, which was when I lived in the land of USA and wandered around Trader Joes and Whole Foods for fun. During that time, I was exposed to a lot of new foods that I hadn’t known before, and this was one of them. I don’t think I came…

Apple cider vinegar and shungiku green juice

Many know that I love my magic bullet, which is my favorite kitchen tool after THE ultimate spatula. I use the magic bullet most often to make my green juice, which I usually end up making with whatever is in the fridge and freezer that sound like a good concoction to me that day. Honest truth: sometimes…

Health through colors

Health – is one of the biggest themes for me in 2017. I always write down my new year resolutions, and I have maybe 7-8 agenda points. Health is always on it as food, nutrition, physical, mental health. That’s why I want to make myself more knowledgeable in this field, so I not only take…

Kolinky – Favorite pumpkin recipe and roasted seeds

I often get my cup of coffee at Streamer Coffee Company in Gohongi, and I picked up a new vegetable called Kolinky from Greenman’s Market. This vegetable looks like a pumpkin, but it’s much smaller than a typical Japanese pumpkin, and it weighs more than it looks. So out of its pumpkin meat, I made…

Fermented food: natto

Kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, miso… these ingredients have been getting attention in the food industry for several years now. They are categorized as fermented foods, food that are good for your gut. From ancient food history, it has been a common practice to have fermented food in Japan. For example, miso (fermented soybean paste) and soy sauce are originally…

Homemade Summer Red Quinoa Salad

I’m not very good when it comes to measuring ingredients. I often ballpark it by eyes or I rely on my tastebuds, so it makes it very difficult for me to write up a recipe. What I do for inspiration is “rest” my eyes on food Instagrams, I look at the ingredients list or photos in these…

Yuzu Citrus Dressed Cabbage, Avocado, and Wild Rice Salad

I promise I don’t make anything too intricate. What I make at home are all so simple, maybe too simple. I concocted and uncovered this ultimate dressing I made from my friend’s gift of yuzu kosho (aka peppered yuzu, or chili with yuzu flavor from Kyushu) that is as easy as putting together the chili…

Homecooked Korean-Mexican adzuki salad

This was exactly what I needed the other day, something spicy, colorful, and rich in nutrients. It was super easy to make (again) with whatever that was in the fridge (yet again). I had loads of frozen adzuki beans because I had been cooking a lot of it, so I needed a way to use it…

Quick and easy salmon veggie bowl

Sometimes you simply have a hodgepodge of ingredients you have to put together for a quick meal. To be honest, I don’t have a recipe in mind most nights I cook, I find whatever is in my fridge to make whatever I can. Here is a bowl I put together that has heaps of nutritional balanced…