All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.

2015-11-29

Matsutake to kinua no takikomi gohan / steamed rice with quinoa and matsutake

Very rewarding for the cook in the kitchen! Matsutake's deep aroma fills the air as it cooks -- a fragrant reminder of the season.



1/3 of recipe:
145 calories; 3.9 g protein; 1.1 g fat; 29.1 g carbohydrate; 27.5 g net carbs; 62 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce; 115-124 mg with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 1.6 g fiber

1/2 of recipe:
217 calories; 5.8 g protein; 1.7 g fat; 43.6 g carbohydrate; 41.2 g net carbs; 93 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce; 172-186 mg with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 2.4 g fiber

2015-11-25

Konnyaku to daizu no pirikarani / mildly spicy braised konnyaku yam cake and soybeans

The humble pair of soybeans and konnyaku get together for a simple, refined dish. The two ingredients are simmered with minimal seasonings, cooled, cooked again, cooled again, and reheated. The repetition allows both soybeans and konnyaku to absorb full flavoring without being taken over, which is a basic and proven technique for many nimono simmered dishes. Adapted from Tataki Konnyaku to Daizu no Nimono by Takashi Tamura, the owner chef of Tsukiji Tamura in Tokyo.



138 calories (1/2 of recipe); 10.5 g protein; 6.0 g fat; 9.6 g carbohydrate; 4.0 g net carbs; 86 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce; approx. 203-220 mg with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 5.6 g fiber

2015-11-22

Kaki to shungiku no shiraae / persimmon and garland chrysanthemum in tofu dressing

A dish for autumn -- juicy, sweet and astringent persimmon paired with garland chrysanthemum, a cold season green with a distinctive taste and aroma. Mild, creamy tofu dressing softens the overall tone, binding the two different characters together. Try this with persimmon that is still crisp -- the contrasting textures add an intriguing twist to this little dish.  



1/3 of recipe:
48 calories; 1.8 g protein; 1.8 g fat; 6.9 g carbohydrate; 8.1 g net carbs; 53 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.2 g fiber 

1/2 of recipe:
72 calories; 2.8 g protein; 2.7 g fat; 10.4 g carbohydrate; 5.8 g net carbs; 79 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.8 g fiber