Posts Tagged “Japanese”
Simple, but thoughtful vegetable salads are one of my favorite things to both make and eat. I love pairing two or three vegetables together with a simple dressing that lets the produce shine. I especially like taking an ethnic influence to marry the flavors, like I did in this Japanese combination.
I make chopped salads just about everyday. They are a great way to enjoy vegetables. I love leafy green salads, but sometimes I would rather skip the greens and focus on other veggies.
A dragon bowl, sometimes called a Buddha bowl, is typically an Asian inspired mixture of rice or noodles, with various veggies and a tasty sauce or light broth. This is a “night off” dish I’ve been making for years. The bowl has evolved and split off into different ethnic direction. This recipe is my Japanese inspired version with winter ingredients.
When shopping for soba noodles, make sure the ingredient lists 100% BUCKWHEAT SOBA if you are following a gluten free diet.
Sweet soy sauce is a basic condiment throughout Asia, but is most common in China, Japan, and Korea. This is a basic staple I created to replace its commercially prepared counterpart, which is loaded with white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG. I’m sure traditionally prepared sweet soy sauce uses more wholesome ingredients, but unfortunately I’ve never found it. I like making my own condiments, because it allows me enjoy the foods I like, but without the junk.
To give the soy sauce its sweetness I use medjool dates. Dates are my go to sweetener.