Apr 20
2017

Cashew Butter Veggie Pasta

Cashew Butter Veggie Pasta—a quick and easy meal that is helping me survive insanity.  Life with a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old, and a 5-month-old and a husband needing to travel a lot for work would be crazy enough on its own, but add in living out of boxes and commuting while we build a house?  Now that is a recipe for insanity.  As I have embraced insanity I have had to find ways to simplify getting dinner on the table on our craziest days and still ensure that my kids are eating good things like veggies, whole grains, fiber, and wholesome protein.  This pasta is one of those ways.

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Apr 14
2017

This post is brought to you by Kamikoto Knives.

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I love things served in bowls.  Now, I know this has been a bit of a trend, at least here in the US, but my love for bowls goes way back.  This is probably why I love Japanese donburi so much.  A donburi, put simply, is a Japanese rice bowl.  A large bowl of hot steamed Japanese rice topped with meat, fish, egg, or vegetables, garnishes, and sometimes condiments, and usually finished off with a few spoonfuls of the sauce/broth that the toppings were cooked in to soak down into the rice.  I’ve shared a few donburi recipes before, like the very traditional oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl) and not so traditional pulled pork and roasted tomato donburi.  When Kamikoto Knives contacted me, asking if I would be interested in trying out some of their knives, I immediately agreed.  I had been craving a good donburi, so when I received the knives and opened them up, all I could think about was what was I going to make to put on top of rice!  I knew that I wanted to make something with lots of vegetables, because nothing puts knives to the test like prepping a bunch of vegetables. [Read More…]

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Kombu Shiitake Dashi (Kelp & Shiitake Mushroom Stock)

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Dashi, the basic stock of Japan, is also one of the building blocks of Japanese cuisine.  There are several different types, the most classic being dashi made with katsuobushi (dried bonito fish flakes) and kombu (dried kelp), which I’ve written about before.  But if you don’t eat fish, there are still several stock options available […]

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California Avocado Balela

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Have you had balela before? It’s a Middle Eastern chickpea and black bean salad that I’m a bit obsessed with.  If you haven’t had it, you are missing out!  If you have, you should probably eat it again.  Either way, I’ve got a twist on traditional balela that includes not-so-traditional California avocado.  It may not be […]

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California Avocado Brown Rice Congee

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I know the calendar says that it is officially spring, but Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind here in Utah!  We will have one or two glorious days of spring weather and then a cold front will swoop in and send me scrambling to dig out my winter coat again.  All this […]

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Cold Soba Noodles with Sweet Walnut Dipping Sauce — Let’s Cook Japanese Food!

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Before living in Japan for the first time, I always assumed Japanese food would be hard to cook.  Everything was so beautiful and so perfect.  I quickly learned, however, that while a few dishes were quite technical, most Japanese food is actually incredibly approachable and doable for the home cook.  Author Amy Kaneko, in her cookbook, Let’s […]

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Twist Travel Magazine!

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If you’ve read LFM for any length of time you’ve probably figured out how much we love to travel.  In fact, our next trip is a family trip to Maui and then Mr. Fuji and I are heading to Mexico this summer to celebrate (belatedly) both Mr. Fuji’s 40th birthday and our 15 year wedding […]

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Avocado Nori Rolls

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Happy last day of February!  To send the month out with a bang I am sharing a second super easy snack that includes my beloved avocados—California Avocado Nori Rolls.  Part of why I love these so much is because I can cut up a bunch of veggies at the beginning of the week, put them […]

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Avo-Nana Oatmeal Snack Bites

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Did you know that February is National Snack Food Month?  In honor of all you snack lovers out there (and I stand among you), I thought I would share a couple of snacks that I developed for California Avocados to close out the month.  Today I’ve got these Avo-Nana Oatmeal Snack Bites for you.  I’ve […]

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Vegan Fuji Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

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Life with a newborn isn’t what I was remembering/expecting . . . it’s actually so much easier.  Maybe it’s that I know what to expect and my other children are older? Maybe it’s that I’m not exhausted from nine months of pregnancy and having to recover from another c-section?  Or maybe it’s just that our […]

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