Apr 28
2017

I am annoyed.  Scratch that.  I am super annoyed!  It is April 28th and it is SNOWING!  Excuse me?  May starts on Monday and we have cold white stuff falling from the sky?  Not cool.  We had a long, cold winter this year and a cold spring and it’s starting to take its toll on everyone.  I volunteer in Squirrel and Bug’s classrooms at school every week and I have experience, firsthand, how too many days of inside recess turn the kids into energetic balls of insanity.  I think everyone is counting down the days until the end of school and hoping for warmer weather!  Although the weather may not reflect the impending arrival of warmer weather, my cooking definitely has.  I’ve been craving lighter dishes and brighter flavors and we have been eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and less cooked.  As a result, I’ve been whipping up more salad dressings and dips to go with our fresh produce, like this spicy avocado ranch dressing that I developed for California Avocados.  Ditch that squeeze bottle filled with thick white stuff that you picked up at the grocery store and whip up a batch of this.  Not only is it filled with ingredients you can pronounce, but it’s just darn tootin’ delicious!  Plus, it has avocado in it…need I say more?  If you happen to be lactose intolerant or vegan, I’ve got you covered on that front as well!  You can get the recipe over on The Scoop!

Kale salad with Spicy Avocado Ranch Dressing

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Apr 27
2017

Hula Papaya Rawnola Bowl

Hula Papaya Rawnola Bowls…you need these.  Let me explain.  At the beginning of this month we took a family vacation to Maui during the kids’ Spring Break.  This was our first family vacation with Monkey and we were super excited.  Our trip did not disappoint.  Not only did we have an absolute blast playing in the ocean, going snorkeling, going to a luau, etc., it was also a much needed break from the stressful, break-neck speed of our current situation.  On our last day there we stopped at Choice Health Bar in Lahaina for lunch, on the recommendation of my friend Michelle.  I am so glad that we made it there because I loved it.  It’s a fun, quirky place with a ton of personality and a fantastic menu that is always changing based on what’s available and in season on Maui.   [Read More…]

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Baked Avocado Falafel with Avocado Lemon Tahini Sauce

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I love falafel.  Though love may not be a strong enough word.  Seriously.  I recently combined falafel and avocado, and putting two of my loves into one dish is just about giving me heart palpitations.  I whipped up some baked avocado falafel that are light little pillows that are made even more delicious when combined with […]

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Cashew Butter Veggie Pasta

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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 […]

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Tofu Yasai Don (Tofu Vegetable Rice Bowl) + Kamikoto Master Veggie Butchery

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This post is brought to you by Kamikoto Knives. 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 […]

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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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