Posts tagged ‘30min Dinner’

June 1, 2012

Pan fried eggplants (Vegan)

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables! You can eat it in many different ways (meaning, I use it to cook Japanese food, Chinese food and Italian with it!) and you can have it hot or cold.

Pan fried eggplants was served on Day 5 of the 5 day challenge, but I cook this all the time and have it with rice or with my noodles.

 It is served in the red bowl, and you can make this vegetarian or vegan, depending on how you make the “Dashi” broth. If you only use Konbu kelp, it would be vegan, if you use Bonito flakes (fish flakes), it would be vegetarian (the flakes would not be in the dish, just used to extract flavor, but if you consider that not vegetarian, you can cook with out it)


So, to make the pan fried eggplants, you would need:

-3 thin Eggplants

-2 Tablespoon sesame oil

-120cc Dashi broth

– 3 Tablespoon Soy sauce

-2 Tablespoon Mirin or Raw sugar

-1 Tablespoon Cooking rice wine (Sake)

Step 1: Cut the eggplants about 1.5 cm thick, stir fry with sesame oil until tender.

Step 2: Pour the rest of ingredients into the pan and let it simmer for 3-5min, serve hot or cold.


I sprinkled it with bonito flakes, but that’s optional too. It goes well with rice, and I enjoy the left overs even when it’s cold! Quick and easy, yet very tasty.

May 16, 2012

5 Day Dinner Challenge : Day 4

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

The 5 Day Dinner Challenge is almost coming to an end, but due to some added groceries, I think I can keep going for a bit longer.

20120516-145307.jpg Today (well, this is from yesterday), I prepared some rolled sushi to take to my friends, so it was there for our dinner too!


The menu for 4th day was:

-Inside out rolled sushi + Purple flower sushi

-Crown daisy in black sesame dressing(Vegan)

-Celery with salmon

-Steamed veggies(Vegan)

-Rolled Chinese cabbage


I made this before I did the delivery, so everything was prepared when I came home at 17:00!

Yumi loved the chinese cabbage, and she ate all the eggs from sushi, but, well if she is happy, I am happy! Can’t wait to share all the recipes soon!

May 3, 2012

Healthy Zucchini Burger

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.


I have been cooking too many vegetarian dish, and it was about time to cook something “MEATY” for my husband. I checked what was in the fridge, and there was half a pack of chicken mince left in the freezer, so I decided to do some burgers, but in a healthy way.

 This burger is made from chicken mince, but more than half of it is made from veggies! (Yes, I weighed them to make sure that I get the ratio right)

It was nice and soft (that’s what my husband enjoyed), and good for my 19 month old daughter Yumi, who is starting to enjoy variety of foods.


You can make a bigger batch and freeze them after cooking it, or if you use a food processor, you can make it in less than 5min (+ cooking time) so it is a lifesaver dish when you are in a hurry and want to dish up something tasty and healthy for your family!


Ingredients (to make 7-8 small patties)

-180g Free Range Chicken Mince

-150g Onions (2 small size)

-120g Zucchini (1 medium size)

-1/3 cup Bread crumbs

-1 teaspoon Sage

-1 Tablespoon Soy sauce

-Olive oil for cooking



Step 1: In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and mix for 30 seconds (If you don’t have a food processor, chop the onion and zucchini and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl); Form patties


Step 2: In a non-stick frying pan, heat a tiny bit of olive oil and cook the patties with the lid on over low heat, cook for 8min, turn over once and cook for additional 5-8min


The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the patty. When cooked, it should feel firm to the touch, and clear liquid will come out when you skew it with at skewer.

I served it with rice, but I am sure this will go well with burgers too! I hope you enjoy it!


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