Posts Tagged ‘rice’

Onigiri and Miso Soup

Today for lunch I decided to use my onigiri shaper to make some onigiri (rice balls) to go with some leftover miso soup. It was my first time using it and it worked really well! Just fill it full of rice, press down on the lid, then pop out.


The meal turned out to be simple, yummy, and filling!


Since I made plain onigiri I ate it with a little wasabi and soy sauce.


Middle Easter Falafel Dinner – Grape Leaves with Rice Review

Last night Jason and I went to Ali Baba’s International Market and got a few items for dinner tonight. One of the great things about Ali Baba’s is their homemade pitas. They are so soft and delicious. So we thought some falafel would be great for our dinner. Fortunately for us, they also make hummus. We found a few interesting products including

It says on the can that its ready to serve, so I just laid them out on a plate. There was a slice of lemon on the bottom of all the stacked pieces, but I threw that part away.

They looked pretty good. Rice covered in grape leaves with oil and lemon juice basically. I was still kind of wary of trying one, but I had to do it.

They were good! My boyfriend and room mate tried them next and both liked them, even more than me I think. I give them a 5 out of 10.

After that I served our falafel with pitas, hummus, and some veggies. The whole dinner turned out to be really good. I have been wary of making falafel w/ pitas since I went to Paris. There Jason and I went to a restaurant that served the best falafel pitas and french fries. I want to go back just to have more! One day I will master their recipe, but for now simple boxed falafel mix will do for me.

Veggie Stirfry

For dinner tonight, I got a bunch of veggies together to make a nice stirfry with rice for Jason and I.
Here you can see the large plate full of veggies I cut up in preparation to cook.

Veggie Stirfry

1/2 small head of cabbage, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
3 mushrooms, sliced
2 cups broccoli
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup brown rice
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp asian sauce of choice
3 tbsp water
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp chili garlic paste

Cook rice. Heat olive oil in large saucepan, when hot add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Once they have cooked for 2 minutes, add carrots and broccoli. Cook for another minute, then add sauces. After the broccoli has cooked for a couple more minutes, add the rest of the vegetables, chili paste, sesame oil, and water. Stir until vegetables get thoroughly mixed with sauce and cook down. When all the vegetables are done turn off heat and serve over rice.


One Dish Wonder

Whenever I’m craving something really healthy and filling, I always turn to this dish. It’s called one dish wonder because it’s so healthy and very easy to make.


One Dish Wonder

1 cup rice (brown is the best)
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can black or kidney beans
1/2 small onion
1/2 bell pepper
1 garlic clove
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne to taste (if you like spicy food)

Get the rice cooking. While that’s going on, cut up your onion, garlic and bell pepper. In a medium/large sizes skillet heat up some olive oil and throw in the vegetables you just cut up. Once they are soft, drain the beans and add them in. When they are heated up, add the rice and the can of stewed tomatoes (with juice). Add spices and cook down until the liquid is gone.

This recipe is also nice because it is very easy to add whatever you like and have on hand. I’ve made it with corn, lentils, and anything else that seems like it would go well with the rice.

Bento #9

I know I’ve been kind of lazy about the bentos lately, but I’m going to get back on track soon! Here’s the bento I made for work today. On the right there’s brown rice and corn on the cob, on the left there’s a fortune cookie, cherries, and some spiced potatoes.


Bento #1

Yesterday I bought another bento box. I went to the local Japanese market to get bento accessories and found some snacks. When I was checking out I saw a cute bento box and decided to get it. My other one that I ordered is still en route so I needed something to tie me over…
I decided to make a snack bento so Jason and I would have it after we started drinking last night. It’s not that fancy, but it did the trick!


In the bottom layer is has brown rice, kimchi, and spicy sprouts. The other layer has nori maki, rice crisps, and a little fruit bar.

I am excited about making bento for my lunches at work. I get pretty bored sometimes, so a cute lunch might be the pick me up I’ve always needed! I’m going to work on the presentation some more, but I think this bento isn’t too bad looking. I’m also still looking for bento accessories (soy sauce containers, rice molds, separators, etc.) but I’ve started saving little items that would go great in a bento, so stay tuned to check it out.