Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mochi Melts for all - vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, gluten free recipes

Make these vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian as you wish.  The basic recipes are just guides.  Mochi is an energizing fun food you can find in your health food store.  See the recipe I did a few posts ago 

I find that in Spring when the weather is bouncing back and forth from cold to warmer and back to cold, mochi helps me feel satiated and ready for anything.

Have fun with your food and enjoy!

Mochi Melt with Lamb
Make as much or as little as you like. 

Plain mochi, cut into small squares about ½”
Lamb, cut into chunks with all bones removed
Carrots, chopped
Onion, chopped
Burdock, chopped
Chinese cabbage, chopped
Olive oil
Shoyu (good quality soy sauce)

Simply place a small amount of oil in the bottom of a pan over medium heat.  Add the vegetables and sauté for several minutes.  Add the Rosemary and water to half way cover the vegetables.  Sprinkle with Shoyu.  Add the lamp chunks, and the mochi.  Place a lid on your pan and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down to low and simmer for ten minutes or until the lamb chunks are cooked and the mochi is melted.  Take the lid off the pan and boil away any remaining liquid.

Breakfast Mochi Melt

Sweet, creamy and full of energy, this dish is very satisfying.
Use veggies that you enjoy and mix it up each time.  Add beans and herbs for an even heartier meal.

Onion, sliced
Carrot, chopped
Sweet potato or winter squash (or both) chopped
Cabbage, chopped
Sweet corn
Mochi cut into small pieces
Olive oil
Sea Salt

Make as much as you need for each person.  Heat the olive oil in a pan or skillet. 
Sauté the veggies for several minutes.  The onions will become translucent.  Add a pinch of sea salt. Add about 1/4" to 1/2" of good quality water and add the mochi.  Put a lid on the pan and turn the heat to low.  Cook for 10 or 15 more minutes to soften the veggies and melt the mochi.  Take the lid off and stir.  If there is too much extra liquid simply simmer without a lid until you have the desired consistency.

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