Easy Japanese Recipes

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Banana Muffins バナナマフィン

Banana Muffins | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I try to avoid buying packaged pastry and muffins from most stores regardless of how good they taste because I don’t know what 50% of the listed ingredients are.  Luckily I have some easy pastry recipes I rely on when my children craves for them.  When we have overripe bananas at home, my go to recipes are Banana Muffins or Banana Bread.

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Nabeyaki Udon 鍋焼きうどん

Nabeyaki Udon | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Nabeyaki Udon (鍋焼きうどん) is a hot udon noodle soup traditionally served in individual donabe (earthernware pot) or iron pots.

Besides udon noodles, the soup usually includes chicken, kamaboko (fish cake), mushrooms, and vegetables such as spinach, Tokyo or naga negi, and carrot.  In addition, an egg and a large shrimp tempura is served on top.

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Shio Koji Karaage Bento 塩麹唐揚げ弁当

Karaage Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Of all the different versions of karaage I’ve made so far, I love the one marinated in Shio Koji.  My kids love it when they see these golden crispy chicken in their bento box.  These karaage taste wonderful even at the room temperature.  Pack a few more dishes in the bento box to make a healthy balanced lunch for yourself or your family!

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Green Tea Chocolate 抹茶生チョコレート

Green Tea Chocolate | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook

These Green Tea Chocolates, or as we call them Matcha Nama Chocolates (抹茶生チョコレート) in Japan, simply melt in your mouth.

As I was testing this recipe, I knew I won’t be able to stop eating them so Mr. JOC took them to work.  He told me later, “The green tea chocolate disappeared in seconds.”  I promise you, it’s really good!

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3 Year Blog Anniversary and Giveaway (Closed)

3 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway | Easy Japanese Recipes at Just One Cookbook

This January 1st marked the 3rd anniversary of Just One Cookbook.  Similar to watching my children grow up, I feel like time flies so fast when I am blogging.  Just One Cookbook has become my full time job and I want to thank you for supporting my humble blog.  With your kind words and support, I feel inspired each day to share delicious recipes!

I’m incredibly thankful that you’re on this journey with me.  Thank you for letting me share my recipes and making my life more meaningful everyday.

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Niratama Donburi ニラ玉丼ぶり

Egg with Chives Over Rice (Niratama Donburi) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Mondays are short days for my children.  I go pick them up at 12:30 pm and come straight home.  While they are changing out of their school uniforms, I usually make some quick lunch for us if we don’t have any leftover from previous night’s dinner.  For a while their favorite was this quick dish called Niratama Donburi (ニラ玉丼ぶり), or Egg with Garlic Chives Over Rice.

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Grilled Mackerel with Shio Koji | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Like many of you, I want to try to eat better this year and also cook healthier meals for my family.  Instead of red meat, we start to eat more fish since it has less saturated fat and cholesterol.  One of our favorite fish is Grilled Mackerel.  It is extremely easy to make and only seasoning that I used was shio koji (塩麴).

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Albacore Tuna Bowl びんちょう鮪の漬け丼

Albacore Tuna Bowl | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Did you know troll- or pole- caught pacific albacore tuna (びんちょうマグロ) is considered sustainable and environmentally friendly (read more)?  And it is really delicious too!  There is a misconception about albacore tuna’s quality because it is used in canned tuna.  However, albacore tuna is actually really delicious with a mild flavor and soft texture when served as sashimi or sushi.

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The New Year and Pay It Forward #AJO

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.  Let’s start the year of 2014 with positive thoughts and energy.

For me, one of the sweetest moments in life is when someone does something for you out of the sincerity of their heart, regardless it’s a big or small gesture.  It could be a stranger letting you skip ahead while waiting line, or a stranger sitting next to you on the plane offering to pay for your movie on the flight (which happened to me on my back from my NY trip).

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