Legumes · Mealing Planning

Maple Balsamic Glazed Garbanzo Beans

One of my strategies when cooking for busy families is to make dishes that can be eaten as is or added to other dishes. My style is kind of mix and match. I often create components rather than cooking full meals. I find this gives families greater flexibility in meeting the needs of a wide range… Continue reading Maple Balsamic Glazed Garbanzo Beans

Dessert · Grains · Recipes

Simple Brown Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Rice pudding is an easy snack for young children. I actually only make it when I have leftover rice and it's not enough to save for another meal. One of the great things about it is you can make it with any amount of rice, even the smallest amount. I hate food waste, so I love being… Continue reading Simple Brown Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Dessert · Recipes

Strawberry Mochi “Shortcake”

One of the things I love about fresh berries is that they add an element of playfulness and delight to almost everything. We have eaten this combination of fried mochi, almond amasake and sliced strawberries every day for a few days. It's a really simple and cute dessert that tastes like summer. I am looking… Continue reading Strawberry Mochi “Shortcake”

Dessert · Recipes

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This spring I finally became the proud steward of a small plot in our local community garden. The couple I inherited the plot from left me two rhubarb plants and a whole parcel of strawberry plants. I was so excited that first day of orientation. In Seattle, the rhubarb and the strawberries can be a… Continue reading Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Grains · Recipes · Sea Vegetables

Rice Balls with Nori

We are experiencing a string of REALLY nice weather here in Seattle. The kind that makes me want to eat every meal outside, nap outside and basically hang out and never head back inside. These pack and go rice balls are a sure thing. I like to make these rice balls with leftover pressure cooked… Continue reading Rice Balls with Nori