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Hijiki

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Macrobiotic Nourishment Bowl

This is a wonderful way to get a balanced meal. Called a macro bowl because you hit all the nutrients carbs,protein and fat with plenty of vitamins and minerals. There are many things you can add to your bowl if you just follow a simple guideline .

You need some kind of grain this could be brown rice,quinoa,millet,amaranth,buckwheat etc.

Then you need carbs think sweet potato but carbs can also cross over into your grains.

What about protein ha ha . Well we all know there no shortage of that ! Tofu or tempeh are my favourites, but again beans are a great source of protein so it’s good to add some beans in there as well like kidney,Lima,black beans etc.

Add some good fats with avocado,olives,nuts or hemp hearts.

Plenty of veggies and salads ( Go wild ) there are so many to choose from. Spinach,kale,sprouts,carrot,bell peppers,cucumber,watercress,broccoli the list goes on.

Why not add some probiotics in the form of sauerkraut or kimchi?

Dont forget sea veg also as it’s a wonderful source of iodine and good for the thyroid wakame,hijiki,kombu and nori.

Lastly it’s always nice to make a dressing maybe a simple miso dressing with miso paste mixed with mirin,brown rice syrup and little lemon.

I think it’s a good idea to have cooked brown rice ready in your fridge especially if your heading into a busy week . Just throw some rice in a bowl add some beans veggies and tofu and you have a meal in under 10 mins.

Hope you now have inspiration to make  some macro bowls for yourself.

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Simple Tofu Salad For Lazy Summer Days

When the weather heats up the last thing you feel like doing is slaving over a hot stove or having the oven on

This is just a refreshing salad to satisfy you but with out all the effort.

Start by adding some parsley and mizuna to a plate then top this with some chopped juicy tomato then sprinkle on some sliced red onion, cooked and chilled edamame beans and hijiki seaweed some finely chopped chives and some chilled silken tofu cubes. I like the tartness of adding Ume dressing to my salad and a squeeze of lemon.  Maybe a scatter of sesame seeds.

I think this is nice as a main dish but you could equally use it as a side.

 

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Udon Hot Pot

A lovely udon hot pot to night in a miso broth with vegetables and tofu . Also a few onigiri with hijiki.

うどんと野菜と豆腐と味噌汁鍋物.
おにぎりとひじき

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Miso Soup & My Bento

Oh my goodness I nearly got blown away this morning the wind is quite scary .
Warming up with a miso soup and my bento .
I made onigiri and I had some of those sweet potato okara balls from last nights dinner left over so put in a few of those along with a grilled shiitake and mochi cheese,salad and fruit.
ここの天気はとても風が強く、嵐があります??
私の弁当
みそ汁,
おにぎり,サツマイモとおからのボール,焼きシイタケと餅チーズ,サラダとフルーツ。

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Salad Donburi

Salad donburi .
I’ve been wanting to recreate a salad I had in Kyoto at Kousocafe85
I enjoyed the salad don so much .
Underneath all that salad is warm rice with azuki beans.
The salad was a mix of lots of different leaves spinach,baby red leaf,mizuna,chive,parsley,baby coriander,salanova,butterhead,
Rocket and celery leaf.
Mixed in to the leaves were chiquino peppers,chopped celery,cherry tomato,grated carrot,radish,cucumber wedges,raw cauliflower florets and raw tender stem broccoli and asparagus tips,blanched beansprouts,lotus root and burdock,hijiki seaweed and avocado. I also remembering how nice it was to have a bit of mango in my salad I threw in a few pieces of chopped mango . In fact I only had half this salad as it was so filling and saved the rest for lunch tomorrow.
I made a miso dressing and had this with a simple miso soup and a small dessert of yuzu ice cream with sweet bean paste.
Mixing in the salad in to the warm rice was so delicious. A little bit like having a scattered sushi bowl.
If your in Kyoto I really recommend finding kousocafe85 I found it by accident it’s a vegan organic cafe and was a very memorable visit .

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Inari Sushi

Inari sushi
いなり寿司
Seasoned Japanese rice with @clearspringuk sushi seasoning then filled pockets of aburaage topped with :
1:Hijiki and furikake
2:Cucumber and pickled ginger
3:Clearspring Umeboshi
4:Black sesame seeds and sliced shiitake
5:Avocado and ginger

Some edamame on the side.

I picked the little fox up at the Inari shrine in Kyoto .

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Japanese pizza

Japanese style pizza using sliced lotus root and hijiki and sprinkled not with herbs but with ao-nori which is an edible green sea weed known as green laver which is dried and ground into a powder and used as a seasoning. It is rich in minerals and vitamins often seen sprinkled on Okonomiyaki and takoyaki .

和風ピザ

First use a plain pizza base and cover it with tomato purée then grate on some vegan cheese.

Add sliced lotus root ( you can either get this fresh from Asian super markets which you simply peel and slice ) or you can buy it in packets already peeled .

After this sprinkle on some already washed soaked and cooked hijiki sea weed . ( hijiki comes dried take a little and soak it in warm water for 20 mins it will double in size.  Then wash it well in a sieve then adds to a pan of hot water and simmer for 10 mins.  Drain . At this point I like to add a little mirin and tamari )

Then finally sprinkle on your aonori and bake until pizza crisp .

This is something a little different to the normal pizza toppings .

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Sushi Jar

Not got time to make sushi ?
Stick the contents in a jar .
This is my sushi jar perfect to take out to lunch .
Seasoned sushi rice and gomashio with :
Edamame,hijiki,peppers,avocado,pickled ginger,carrot,cucumber,radish and nori .

A really healthy simple meal for on the go .

simply make your sushi rice and layer in your chosen sushi accompaniments
瓶の寿司

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Salad Donburi

I love making these salad donburi ever since I came back from Kyoto and was inspired by my visit to kouso cafe 85 . (See reviews)
This one is sekihan ( grain rice with azuki bean ) topped with salad leaves, vegan kimchi by @bionaorganic avocado,cherry tomato, raw cauliflower, hijiki , shredded carrot, watercress, raw broccoli, celery, cucumber and cubes of mango .
Served with miso soup and a miso dressing .

Miso dressing : a teaspoon of white miso with a teaspoon of each of brown rice vinegar,toasted sesame oil and mirin . Mix well . I normally use a small jar put on the lid and shake well .
サラダ丼,
赤飯,サラダ葉、キムチ、アボカド、チェリートマト、生のカリフラワー、ひじき、細断したニンジン、クレソン、生ブロッコリー、セロリ、キュウリ、マンゴーのキューブなどがあります。
味噌ドレッシング,
みそ汁
マッチョチョコレートトリュフ