Concoct your summer vegetable salad

Some people tell me I eat like a rabbit, which could be true at times, but don’t worry because I do eat other things than vegetables. I post vegetable dishes frequently because I tend to have abundant stock of vegetables at home, and I must say sometimes over stock of it that I need to…

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…

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…

Asparagus quinoa salad

Asparagus is in SEASON (actually it’s been in season for a while now). My mom got a good bunch of it sent from northern Japan, and I found some quinoa in my mom’s pantry, so I put those together. And yes, I like to find good stuff in my mom’s kitchen… 🙂 I cooked quinoa…

Pickled new onion (recipe) Mexican and Asian Salad

It’s in season for newly harvested vegetables, and the two root vegetables that I love seeing at the grocery store at this time are onions and potatoes. Japanese language calls them “new” onion and “new” potatoes. I remember back in college, I wondered if I would be able to eat my mom’s pickled fresh onion,…

Simple avocado buttered bread

Avocado is nature’s butter – is what I often read. I think if you get the right kind of butter, it is not as detrimental to your health as media states, but if you are vegetarian or do not eat animal products, avocado can be your solution to getting some creaminess to your bread or…

Homemade shungiku and tuna rotini

I am not a huge pasta eater, but I won’t miss out a chance to eat rotini, especially these big curled rotini. There was one weekday I had the day off and was at my parent’s house, and I came across rotini in my mom’s fridge and put together this simple pasta for lunch. Shungiku is…

So much love in this homemade obento

Japanese culture gives subtle love here and there to people and to the earth, and I think one of them well depicted with homemade obento. Typically, kids bring bento for their lunch boxes (yes, same in many other countries), but these packed lunches are well balanced with nutritious food to fulfill one’s energy until dinner…