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Saturday, April 18, 2009

What's for dinner tonight? Japanese food!

Sometimes you gotta get take out! I'm doing my best to save and cut and manage... but the boy wasn't home and I didn't feel like cooking.

Do you know it was 70 + degrees today in NJ?



Okay, I'm rationalizing. But I did want Japanese food!

So.

What was for dinner?

What's for dinner?

A lovely fresh, green salad with ginger dressing. I had thought the orange in the dressing was grated carrots. I wanted to make it and found the 'top secret' version of the recipe. No carrots to be had so I'm not sure why it's orange anymore, but I adore it.

This is whats for dinner!

Top Secret Recipes version of Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ginger is well-pureed.


Miso soup

This is whats for dinner!

Mmmmmmm!
I really love miso soup.
Well.
I love miso. Period.
It's wonder in/as a marinade. It's easy to find in Asian Markets but it can be ordered on line. There are so many different flavors of miso, from mild to strong and very very salty.

Sushi

This is whats for dinner!

And not all sushi is raw fish if that bugs you. This is a tray with Philadelphia rolls (smoked salmon and cream cheese) and sweet potato tempura rolls. Oh my goodness! Lightly battered sweet potatoes, crispy fried and than made into sushi roll. You can't imagine how good this is.

But try.



And beef sukiyaki

This is whats for dinner!


Sukiyaki is a great one dish Japanese meal. It's my favorite and very good for you unlike most take out food.

According to wiki:

Sukiyaki (Japanese: 鋤焼 or more commonly すき焼き; スキヤキ) is a Japanese dish in the nabemono (Japanese steamboat) style.

It consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef), or a vegetarian version made only with firm tofu, slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin.


Thinly sliced beef is usually used for sukiyaki; although in the past, in certain parts of the country (notably Hokkaidō and Niigata), pork was also popular.

Popular ingredients cooked with the beef are:

Now. That was a mouthful, right? But the one thing I wanted to point out was the konnyaku.

What in the world is Konnyaku, you say. I know you're saying it. I can hear you.

"What the heck is konnyaku?"

See.

It's made from konjac which comes from a rather odd-looking plant. While the plant is not a yam, it's called a yam. Sort of nick-named, Yam. Don't know why really. Nick-names are sometimes hard to fathom.

So konnyaku noodles are also called Yam Noodles. It's a really useful product and made into a lot of food products. From noodles to jelly candies to...

But I digress...

Anyway, back to dinner. I love when I can get Sukiyaki because its warm and delicious. It's full of veggies, and tofu and meat and the noodles. Know what's great about those noodles?

Konnyaku is an almost zero-calorie food. It's about 97% water with the rest being mostly fiber. Have you heard of Miracle Noodles? They are very popular in no/low carb circles.

Does it have calories? Yes, maybe 5 or 19 or 20.

Seriously.

It's close to chewing air, calorically speaking.

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