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


Horenso no shami-ae / spinach with dried shrimp dressing

A light spinach side dish with a Chinese twist. Make sure to soak shami -- little salted dried shrimp -- long enough in water to get maximum flavor for the dressing.

1/2 of recipe: 25 calories; 2.4 g protein; 0.9 g fat; 2.4 g carbohydrate; 0.4 g net carbs; 75 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce); 8 mg cholesterol; 2.0 g fiber


Shimeji to shantoreru no momiji-oroshi-ae / grilled shimeji and chanterelle mushrooms dressed with citrus-flavored soy sauce, grated turnip and carrot

A dish featuring the colors of autumn and mushrooms in season. Fresh and sweet kabu turnip and carrot are grated to create an orange blanket for the mushrooms, which are grilled to intensify their taste and aroma. This mild dish is a great companion with something heavy or strong-flavored dishes.

1/2 of recipe: 22 calories; 1.9 g protein; 0.2 g fat; 4.9 g carbohydrate; 2.4 g net carbs; 43 mg sodium (with homemade ponzujoyu using 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce); 77 mg with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 2.2 g fiber


Shinjo no shiso-hasami-yaki / fried fishcake in perilla leaves

Shinjo or fluffy fishcakes sandwiched by perilla leaves are fried for a crispy outer crust and creamy inside texture.  Both shiso perilla and egoma perilla leaves work great.

1/2 of recipe:  137 calories; 10.0 g protein; 4.3 g fat; 12.1 g carbohydrate; 11.1 g net carbs; 232 mg sodium; 31 mg cholesterol; 0.7 g fiber


Hakkuruberii no taruto / huckleberry tart

Here is another delicious tart packed with little huckleberries! Paired with the ubiquitous crème d'amonde or almond cream, it's a foolproof recipe featuring an easy okara soybean pulp & almond flour crust. The tart tastes somewhat fluffy on Day 1, and becomes subtly moist on Day 2 forward.

Whole tart:
1,072 calories; 20.6 g protein; 82.1 g fat; 68.7 g carbohydrate; 52.3 g net carbs; 78 mg sodium; 260 mg cholesterol; 10.9 g fiber

1/8 slice:
134 calories; 2.6 g protein; 10.3 g fat; 8.6 g carbohydrate; 6.5 g net carbs; 10 mg sodium; 32.5 mg cholesterol; 1.4 g fiber