This Pad Thai is packed with lots of vegetables, has no refined sugar or artificial anything and comes together in under half an hour. It’ll go on your routine for a great quick, easy, fresh, and nutritious dinner.
Moffles (mochi waffles) are a crispy and chewy treat made with soaked brown rice for maximum nutrition absorption. And these variations take them to a whole new level of the-perfect-salty-crunchy-afternoon-snack.
Moffles (mochi waffles) are crisp and airy with a chewy center. Made with soaked brown rice, they are a great nutritious snack and a fun alternative to other whole grains at any meal.
Happy Happy New Year! I have this really giddy feeling that 2016 is going to be the best year yet. I suppose that it’s always a matter of perspective, so I guess I’m just going to choose it. This IS going to be our best year yet! And in Japanese fashion, what better way to start the year than with some mochi? Never heard of it? Then I’m glad you’re here, because it is time you are introduced.
This is honestly my favorite time of the year. I don’t necessarily like the cold weather (in fact I’m a little bit relieved that we had nothing near a white Christmas here in the Midwest), but basically from Thanksgiving to a week or so after New Year’s Day, I’m cooking and eating and relaxing and celebrating with people I love. So much good food and so much good company. But now that Christmas is over, it’s time for my brain to switch gears from my American heritage to Japanese traditions. In my mind New Years is a Japanese holiday. We prepare for days, and on the day of we sit around and spend time with family and loved ones. The celebration lasts for days. And there’s just something so refreshing and nourishing about how the Japanese feast.
I feel like Christmas day should be easy-breezy. We wake up at a ridiculous hour thanks to the kids (but let’s be honest, I’m too excited to sleep, too), open presents, play, relax, and have fun. I don’t want to be standing in the kitchen flipping pancakes while everyone else plays with their new toys. But I also want a nice meal. This is where bread pudding comes in. You make it the night before, let it soak over night in the fridge, and bake it in the morning while everyone opens presents and the smell gets our tummies ready to eat at a normal breakfast time.
So to go along with yesterday’s post, here’s another great easy breakfast idea. It’s not quite as quick in the morning as muesli, perhaps, but it does come together quickly for a hot breakfast, and with a couple of slices of bread, you can make a killer breakfast sandwich if you want. If you don’t already know what a frittata is, you’re in for a treat. It’s basically an omelet without the fussy rolling or flipping. I realize that the ingredients aren’t exactly seasonal, but leeks and mushrooms together make one of my favorite vegetable combinations. It’s irresistibly earthy, and the leeks are just the right amount of mild and sweet oniony-ness so as to not overpower the mushrooms. The parsley brightens everything up, and come on, cheddar. All held together by custardy eggs.
I have a sweet-tooth of a husband who loves his pancakes, waffles, French toast and German pancakes, but I’m not a big sweet breakfast girl and therefore rarely make them. So on occasion, my sweetheart gets up in the morning before me, lets me sleep in (bless him for that), and makes a massive batch of (really spectacularly delicious, and that’s saying a lot coming from me) good old fashioned white pancakes and he and the kids load them with butter and syrup and I feel groggy after one or two. So I’ve been stewing. There’s gotta be a better way. I needed to learn to make a healthy pancake that was actually healthy.
Last time I showed you how to make your pumpkin purée, which will work wonderfully in your usual pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins. But today I’m going to show you a completely different way to use it that is super delicious and also super simple. And completely from scratch.
I was never a fan of winter squash growing up. I can’t really explain why. But 2 years ago, I was asked by a friend to teach a little class on pumpkin recipes for a group of women at my church, and I was apprehensive but accepted the challenge. I hadn’t really considered that there was a whole lot more to those Autumnal flavors than pumpkin pie and overly brown-sugared butternut squash. But as I researched and experimented, I discovered a whole world of varieties and flavors beyond the tried and true cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg combo and was completely smitten.