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…

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…

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…

Summer tomato, zucchini, coriander asian salad

Summer is approaching and that means summer veggies will gain its sweetness and all the goodness will be available…! So here’s a quick and easy tomato, zucchini, and coriander salad. Zucchini is a squash and like cucumber, it has a property of cooling down your body once ingesting. I like my zucchini raw, which also…

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,…

White Asparagus Mimosa

White asparagus has a super short season, and it is spring’s gem vegetable in my opinion. Asparagus goes so well with oil, and I like to have it with simple salt, pepper, and olive oil. Otherwise, it is also good with butter. This dish is one I learned from my cooking class. Its mimosa is…