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Brown Rice Seaweed Salad with Sesame Seeds

Can people become lazy for a long period of time? If so, I’ve become lazy when it comes to posting food on this blog. It hit me at the end of January and has continued through to the second week of February. It is killer. I have at least two recipes which should be posted on here. One for a Sweet treat and another for a healthy meal. And yet, here I am procrastinating like a child with her assignment.

Well, before I post those two entries that need to be written out, I’ve got tonight’s meal ready to see the face of BounceAroundintheKitchen.

So besides being lazy as ever, I have also recently fallen in love with two foods. Those such being seaweed salad and chimichurri sauce.

I made a batch of chimichurri sauce as soon as I came home from the grocery store. I didn’t even have a plan to eat it with something, I just knew I wanted it and made it. I then ate it in a pita bread. Who needs butter for bread when you’ve got chimichurri sauce? Delicious.

But the real star of tonight’s show is dinner. If you were thinking it had something to do with seaweed salad then you’re rather smart! Or at least have some great insight.

Seaweed Salad with Brown RiceIf that doesn’t call out to you then I do not know what will! Although if you do not eat seaweed then I know that won’t be calling out to you. But it should, because it is so tasty!

I found the recipe here, but tweaked it just a bit.

Ingredients:

Salad

  • ½ cup dry brown rice
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup seaweed salad
  • 1 orange pepper, julienned
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for serving

Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple syrup, agave or honey)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring rice to boil as per what box instructions say.

  2. Mix all ingredients from dressing together and allow flavours to combine as you chop the bell pepper and green onions.

  3. Once rice is cooked, drain and place in bowl. Add bell pepper and green onions. 

  4. Open store bought container of seaweed salad and add to rice mixture. 

  5. Then roast some sesame seeds in a frying pan and add to mixture.

  6. Once ready, add dressing to mixture and enjoy!

Dressing and Salad mixtureThis has got to be one of the easiest and most delicious meals I’ve made in a while. I truly love the flavour combinations in this dish that I am sure you would like it too. I mean with the tangy flavour of the store bought salad with the roasted taste of the sesame seeds and oil plus the sweetness from the honey? Absolutely fabulous!

A complete must try!

Enjoy your meal.

Or as they say in Japanese: Douzo meshiagare!

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Quinoa Vegetable Sushi with Miso Soup

When you go to the grocery store are you ever tempted to buy the sushi that is found in the packaged fish section? I am ALWAYS tempted. Sushi is like my go to meal for everything. Unfortunately it is pretty costly. Especially when you’re a poor student as I am.

So now a days I just make sushi at home. It is as easy as pie. And that was what I made last night for supper.

Homemade SushiAlthough when I am making sushi for dinner I have to eat it with something else. Just plain ole sushi just doesn’t seem good enough. So I boil up some water to have some instant Miso soup too!

Miso SoupEven looks similar to the stuff you would find at Japanese restaurants. Delicious.

Here’s the recipe I followed for my sushi meal:

  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 small puntpaprikas (I think these are just pointed bell peppers in English)
  • 1 small cucumber, julliened
  • A bag of shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon pesto (optional)
  • 1 package seaweed
  • Soy Sauce with less sodium
  • Miso soup powder 

Directions:

1)      Add ½ cup quinoa to ¾ cups water in pan and put to boil on stove, once boiling allow to simmer until quinoa is cooked (no more liquid in pan)

2)      As quinoa is cooling, cut the puntpaprika into thin slices. Do the same to the cucumber.

3)      If quinoa is cooled enough that you can handle its touch, spoon a couple spoons of the quinoa and place on one end of the seaweed. *Make sure seaweed is with the smooth side up.* Add cucumber, puntpaprika, and couple pinches of carrots to quinoa mixture

4)      Roll into small logs with quinoa part being rolled first. When sealing up log, wet final end of sushi with some water to stick against other part of sushi.

5)      Place log of sushi into some cling wrap and add to refrigerator to allow to cool. Continue process two more times. For additional flavouring add a couple dollops of pesto in roll.

6)      Once sushi rolls are in fridge cooling down, bring some water to boil in a kettle.

7)      As kettle begins to howl, pour water into a bowl with Miso soup powder at bottom of bowl. Stir well.

8)      Remove sushi from fridge and slice into even logs.

9)      Before eating, get your wasabi or soy sauce and enjoy!

It is really quite easy, wouldn’t you say? Once you get the hang of doing this more often then it becomes the best meal to make. I sure make it often enough to be a pro at homemade sushi.

Dinner Time

Best part about it all? It is 100% vegan! Although for you who need some meat in the mix are more than welcome to add whatever it is you wish to make your sushi more edible. I tend to make sushi with vegetables though. (I can’t be bothered to buy a big pack of crab and only use a few pieces… )

For you who are wondering about the ingredients of the Miso soup the below list is what I read on the side box:

– Miso (rice, soy beans, sea salt, A. oryzae)
– Wakame (seaweed)
– Dried green onions

Pretty nice, eh? I am all that more happy to make such a meal.

Plus I have a weird love of seaweed. I tend to go to the Chinese grocery store here and buy snacking seaweed which looks like this:

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Snacking on some Spicy Seaweed in Bed

Now you know just how weird I really am with my love for seaweed! Maybe it is time I move to the land of dried seaweed, hmm. Nah I am far too terrified of the natural occurrences which could ruin the country… or at least me.

Anyway, I hope you end up trying this lovely dish!

As they say in Japan: せていただき

(or in English: Enjoy your meal)