Rice & Noodles

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 […]

Read More →

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

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 […]

Read More →

California Avocado Brown Rice Congee

Thumbnail image for California Avocado Brown Rice Congee

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 […]

Read More →

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

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

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 […]

Read More →

How to Make Stick Onigiri

Thumbnail image for How to Make Stick Onigiri

The new favorite form of onigiri (Japanese rice ball) at our house is stick onigiri.  It’s very popular in Japan right now too, and it’s no wonder, because it’s fun!  The onigiri is formed into a stick shape instead of a ball, triangle, etc.  The easiest technique is a bit different too.  It’s a bit […]

Read More →

Red Beans & Rice with Avocado

Thumbnail image for Red Beans & Rice with Avocado

In addition to pulled pork nachos, another dish I fell in love with while living in Memphis was red beans and rice.  Today I’ve got a quick and easy version for you that would be perfect served as part of your Labor Day eats.  This version includes fresh chunks of California avocado for added pops […]

Read More →

Fresh Tomato Gunkan-maki from The Vegetable Sushi Cookbook

Thumbnail image for Fresh Tomato Gunkan-maki from The Vegetable Sushi Cookbook

If you are a sushi lover like I am, and you like to cook, there’s a new book out that you need!  It’s called The Vegetable Sushi Cookbook by Izumi Shoji and it takes a different approach to sushi-making than you might be accustomed to!

Read More →

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with Avocados

Thumbnail image for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad with Avocados

We are having a ton of family come over, including my brother who is flying in from Washington.  I can’t wait!!  We plan on making a fire in our fire pit in the backyard for roasting hot dogs (and s’mores later, of course!), cooking burgers and veggies on the grill, and having a variety of […]

Read More →

California Avocado Greek Rice Salad Bowls

Thumbnail image for California Avocado Greek Rice Salad Bowls

I have always had a thing for food in bowls, so the current bowl trend has me very happy.  Whether it’s a smoothie bowl, a rice bowl, or just a bowl of chicken noodle soup, there’s something about eating out of a bowl that is casual and comforting and completely my style.  Plus, bowls are […]

Read More →

Chickpea (Tuna-less) Salad Onigirazu

Thumbnail image for Chickpea (Tuna-less) Salad Onigirazu

A few months ago on Periscope someone asked me for meatless protein ideas to pack in school bentos. I threw out a couple of ideas for her, but have been thinking about it every since. A few weeks ago as I was falling asleep (or at least trying to fall asleep), the idea came to […]

Read More →