Easy Japanese Recipes

Nami

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps | JustOneCookbook.com Earlier this month I traveled to San Luis Obispo with the family to explore new restaurants and wineries.  I love trying new restaurants to get inspirations for quick and easy recipes I can share on Just One Cookbook.  One of the dinners we had was at  Novo Restaurant & Lounge in downtown SLO.  Mr. JOC will share a review of the restaurant at a future date, but I want to talk about one of the appetizers we had, Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps.

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Ginger Rice 生姜の炊き込みご飯

Ginger Rice #recipe #japanesefood | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Have you seen an ingredient called young ginger (新生姜) in recipes before and wonder what it is?  Young ginger is in season during the summer time, usually between June and August in Japan.  Compared to “regular” ginger, young ginger has thin skin and some parts may be a little bit pinkish.  As young ginger is more juicy and has a mild taste, it is often used in pickled ginger/sushi ginger (Gari ガリ in Japanese) or in this delicious Ginger Rice.

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Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Sauce #recipe #coconutshrimp | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

If you are looking for an appetizer dish to make for a party, baked Coconut Shrimp with sweet chili sauce is one of the easiest shrimp recipes I recommend.  It takes only 20 minutes of prep time and simply pop it into the oven to finish.  Yes, it is BAKED, not deep-fried so it’s a much healthier alternative.  The panko/shredded coconut coating has a delicious golden brown appearance, and stays crispy after baking because I used the same “pre-toasted panko” technique as you may have seen in my Baked TonkatsuCrispy Baked Chicken, and Crispy Salmon recipes.

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15 Back to School Easy Bento Ideas & Recipes

It’s back to school time.  Discover new ideas and inspirations for packing school lunches with the slideshow below!  There are 15 easy lunch box ideas & recipes I love on Just One Cookbook, including my favorite Soboro Bento.

Chicken Meatball Bento: Get the Recipe

Chicken Meatball Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Delicious soft and tender chicken meatball packed with ham flower, fruits, crab salad, egg, and broccoli in a stylish bento box.

Daifuku 大福

Daifuku Mochi | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Daifuku (大福) or Daifuku Mochi (大福餅) is a type of wagashi (和菓子), Japanese sweets.  It’s a small round mochi stuffed with anko (sweetened red bean paste) made from azuki beans.  Daifuku is a popular Japanese snack and usually served with green tea.

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How To Make Healthy Smoothies

How To Make A Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

With all the different fruits and veggie combinations you can mix together to make healthy smoothie recipes,  the options are simply endless!  For me, I was able to reduce my consumption of coffee and tea and quit snacking during the day, and replaced them with healthy smoothies instead.  I feel great when I enjoy my healthy smoothies as my snack and stopped feeling guilty like before.

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Cold Tanuki Udon 冷やしたぬきうどん

Cold Tanuki Udon Noodles | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com
When the weather gets too hot, 1) your appetite goes down, 2) you don’t want to cook, 3) all you want to eat is something cold and cool down, like Green Tea Shaved Ice.  Sure, I have skipped a meal and enjoy cold treats for lunch when I wasn’t a mom.  But with my children around, I have to think of QUICK and EASY (and cold!) dishes for our lunch, and of course it should be delicious as well.  Cold Tanuki Udon (冷やしたぬきうどん) is a perfect lunch on those hot days.

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Ujikintoki (Green Tea Shaved Ice) 宇治金時

Green Tea Shaved Ice (Ujikintoki) 宇治金時かき氷 | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

There was an unusual heat wave in San Francisco bay area last week with the temperature soaring above 90F almost everyday.  The hot weather came at a perfect time as I could make one of the summer desserts I love eating in Japan, and that is Green Tea Shaved Ice or we call it Ujikintoki (宇治金時).

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Visiting Asakusa | Japan Travel Blog

Asakusa | Japan Travel Blog | Just One Cookbook

I often get asked by readers, “Nami, I am planning to go to Tokyo soon, can you suggest an itinerary for me?”  To be honest, I have a really tough time answering that question.  Nearby Tokyo, there are

1) Touristy places like Disneyland, Tokyo TowerOoedo Onsen Monogatari, Tokyo Skytree,

2) Historic/Museum locations like Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu, Asakusa,

3) Scenic locations such as Yoyogi ParkHappoen Garden, Ueno Park,

4) Shopping!  In Shibuya, Roppongi Hills, Omotesando, etc.

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