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Category Archives: Beans/Lentils

Sweet Bean Paste

Sweet bean paste is very popular in Japan. Using beans for dessert/sweets may sound strange to Westerners, but it’s something many Japanese people who live outside Japan crave. There are three main types of sweet bean paste. One is “Tsubuan.” It’s typically made of Azuki beans. It’s the chunky type, and you keep the beans […]

Maru Buns & Skinny Crescent Rolls

Bread-baking has become one of my favorite things to do the past few years. Being able to create something this beautiful from really basic things like flour and salt still seems so magical to me. These Maru (Maru means “round” in Japanese) buns are perfectly sweet and soft. Of course, things do not always turn […]

Orange Lentil Mushroom Lasagna

When I was making fresh pasta the other day, I had this thought, “Why not making lasagna sheets myself as well?” So that’s what I did. It was fun to make my own lasagna sheets, but it was also a bit of a struggle to boil large sheets (I didn’t make long strips but big […]

Apple Chili

Yes, you read it right. Apples in chili! Since I still had beautiful apples we got from the local orchard, I wanted to enjoy them in a unique way. Besides apples in this chili you’ll find onions, red peppers, tempeh, and black beans. The sweet and tart flavors from the apples were surprisingly good in […]

Edamame Tofu Rice Bowl

I’ve been having fun making different types of tofu lately. I have made this and this  in the past. This time I decided to make Edamame version. This delicate tofu turned out to be absolutely delicious!! It’s almost like mousse. I enjoyed my first Edamame tofu on rice. Isn’t this beautiful? Well, it was beautiful […]

Cheesy Natto Udon

The thick chewy Udon noodles go so well with sticky Natto beans. Typically I will just drizzle soy sauce over this, but this time I decided to try something new. I drizzled olive oil as well as slightly sweetened soy sauce and then sprinkled my vegan nutty Parm generously. This was a beautiful kind of […]

Crispy Red bean Buns

I shared my story about Chinese steamed buns in my previous post. Since I was making dough myself, I decided to make another version, sweet red beans. These buns are so tasty, either savory or sweet. I can’t decide which is my favorite because they are both so good. They are so pretty (pre-cooking) that […]

Creamy Mango Stew

The inspiration came from one product. It’s savory fermented mango sauce from Trader Joe’s. When I saw an Instagram friend’s post about this, I put it on my list right away. It has a beautiful orange color. Creamy. Slightly spicy. It has the undertone of mango, but it’s not sweet. But it definitely has the […]

Chickpea Salad Open Sandwich

Chickpeas are so versatile, and they can be used for so many different things. Especially since we started the plant-based diet, they are one of the most go-to items in my kitchen. I always keep several cans in my pantry, and I go through them quickly. The salad was made with chickpeas, olive salad, celery, […]

Tempeh Tacos with Kiwi Cilantro Sauce

Here is another way you can use ripe kiwi fruit. Make kiwi cilantro sauce and pour over tacos! I marinated tempeh overnight, and the big sweet-spicy flavor was fully absorbed and locked in when cooked. Blistered corn tortillas, avocado slices, sweet-spicy tempeh, lightly pickled radish, and kiwi cilantro sauce. YUM!