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Category Archives: Leaf Vegetables

Wild Rice Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad
ワイルドライスりんご胡桃クランベリーサラダ

I made this salad when I still had fresh apples I got from a local apple orchard. The combination of fresh apples, wild rice, walnut, celery, cranberry, and kale is so wonderful. It’s so satisfying, and I could just have this as a meal, maybe with a cup of soup. The salad was dressed with […]

Buckwheat Savory Pancakes
そば粉お好み焼き

My experiment with buckwheat flour continues. This time I decided to make Japanese style savory pancakes, Okonomi-yaki. The pancakes were packed with a lot of vegetables, including cabbage, scallion, corn, and Edamame. Served with Okonomi-yaki sauce, homemade vegan mayo, chopped scallion, and kimchi. Super tasty!!

Vegetable Potstickers
もちもち皮で野菜餃子

This week has been a bit difficult week for me. My energy was low, and I didn’t have a lot of motivation to cook after work. I ate spaghetti four nights in a row, and none of them were great… Then, today I had this idea of making potstickers from scratch. It just came to […]

Strawberry Kale Caesar Salad
苺ケールシーザーサラダ

When I moved to the city from the suburb five years ago, I knew there were going to be some changes in my life. But increased sense of community was not something I expected. I now talk with neighbors much more frequently because I see them in the condo elevator. I never imagined to ask […]

Pear Arugula Sandwich
洋ナシとルッコラのサンドイッチ

American sandwiches tend to be “saucy” (or/and “cheesy”), and don’t get me wrong, I like those. But once in a while I get craving for more “dry” type of sandwich, which I grew up with in Japan. They also remind me of some sandwiches my friends from France used to often make. I don’t buy […]

Kale Blueberry Caesar Salad
ケールブルーベリー・シーザーサラダ

I had beautiful fresh kale leaves, and I wanted to enjoy it for lunch. The best way to do so? Salad! I also happened to have a lot of super sweet fresh blueberries, and I decided to combine them both and make Caesar salad. Kale, blueberries, and cucumber slices, all combined well with garlicky, cheesy, […]

Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Kabocha and Cauliflower
ケールシーザーサラダとかぼちゃロースト

Kale is one of my favorite leaf vegetables. The curly leaves, the dark green color, the texture that does not wilt easily, and of course, the taste. My first vegan Caesar dressing turned out so tasty that I was so excited about this lunch. I just bought a beautiful Kabocha. It was simply roasted in […]

Broccoli Risotto with Mini Bok Choy and Lentils
ブロッコリーリゾット

I don’t know why, but any dish that looks green makes me smile. I guess it’s a happy color for me. These mini bok choy was from a local Asian grocery store. It was so fresh, cheap, and delicious! Broccoli risotto was accented with a little white miso that gave some richness to the flavor. […]

Thanksgiving 2018
感謝祭2018年

This was our second year plant-based Thanksgiving. I got a little help from The Herbivous Butcher. Guess what we got? Turducken! I got my collection of vintage (and not so vintage) plates out. It turned out great! Menu: Turducken from The Herbivous Butcher Cornbread with V butter Braised Kale and Lentils Spiced Maple Butternut Squash […]

Green Goodness Spinach Pesto Pasta
グリーンなほうれん草ジェノベーゼパスタ

One of the great things that came with my experience of switching to the 100% plant based diet is that it forces me to think out of the box. Well, after realizing that so many foods that I believed were NECESSARY for many years are not only unnecessary but also easily replaceable. So when I […]