Meal Ideas 16 July 2020

Flavorful, Fun Japanese-Inspired Lunches to Cook with Your Kids

(Family Features) Cooking with your kids is a fun way to bond while teaching basic culinary skills. It provides practical lessons like counting ingredients and dividing portions. Plus, meals cooked together offer kids something to look forward to during lunchtime. They can enjoy the food they helped prepare, and you’ll be able to check at least one meal off your to-do list while teaching valuable life lessons.

One way to make cooking more exciting for the family is to prepare food for a bento box using pantry staples. Bento boxes are considered an act of love in Japan and are a fun way to get your family involved in the kitchen. Bento boxes are similar to single-portion lunchboxes except they feature small compartments for each element of your meal, making it easy to encourage kids to eat fresh fruits and veggies. They also offer a whimsy visual appeal that can make mealtime more entertaining.

Next time you plan a meal with loved ones, try incorporating authentic Japanese recipes like a Simple Teriyaki Bowl, a Miso-Glazed Salmon Bento or Garlic Shrimp with Jasmine Rice. These dishes call for simple preparations, short cook times and pantry basics, making it easy to involve your family in the process.

To create a taste-tempting family meal with genuine Japanese flavors, try Mizkan premium sauces and rice vinegars. For more than two centuries, the vinegars have helped chefs and families around the world delight in the flavors of Japan. Now the taste can be at your table, helping you create authentic meals your whole family can enjoy.

Find more tips and ideas for creating flavorful and authentic Japanese recipes at mizkanflavors.com.

Garlic Shrimp with Jasmine Rice

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ponzu Rice:

  • 1          cup jasmine rice
  • 1/2       cup Mizkan Ponzu Citrus Seasoned Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2    cups water

Stir Fry:

  • 2          tablespoons Mizkan Organic Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4       cup Mizkan Ponzu Citrus Seasoned Soy Sauce
  • 1/4       cup brown sugar
  • 1          teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2       cup vegetable stock
  • 1          teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2          tablespoons oil
  • 1          pound (about 21-25) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4       cup red onion, large chopped
  • 2          teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1          cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2       cup carrots, shredded
  • 1          cup sugar-snap peas
  • 1          cup broccoli florets
  • 2          scallions, sliced
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds
  1. To make ponzu rice: In small saucepan, combine jasmine rice, ponzu and water; cook according to rice directions.
  2. To make stir fry: In bowl, whisk rice vinegar, seasoned soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, vegetable stock and cornstarch to combine. Set aside.
  3. In large saute pan over high heat, heat oil; add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes until pink.
  4. Add red onion and cook 1 minute. Add garlic, red bell peppers, carrots, snap peas and broccoli; cook 3 minutes until tender.
  5. Add reserved sauce and cook 2 minutes until thickened.
  6. Divide rice among six bowls and top with shrimp stir fry. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds; serve.

Miso-Glazed Salmon Bento

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus marinating
Cook time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/4       cup miso paste
  • 2          tablespoons Mizkan Mirin Sweet Cooking Seasoning
  • 1          tablespoon sake
  • 2          skinless center-cut salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1          cup thinly sliced seedless cucumbers
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2          tablespoons Mizkan Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2          cups cooked short-grain sushi rice, cooled
  • 1          tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
  • 1          teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 6          cherry tomatoes
  • 2          lemon wedges
  1. In medium bowl, whisk miso paste, mirin and sake. Add salmon, turning to coat evenly. Marinate 10-30 minutes. Discard remaining marinade.
  2. Heat large nonstick pan on medium-high heat. Cook fish 2-3 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F. Cut each fillet into four small pieces.
  3. In strainer or colander, toss cucumbers with salt; let stand 5 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid; toss with rice vinegar.
  4. Pack each bento box evenly with rice, pickled cucumbers and salmon. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. Garnish with tomatoes and lemons.

Substitutions: If ingredients are unavailable or difficult to find: Use 1/4 cup soy sauce to glaze salmon in place of miso paste; use low-carb rice such as cauliflower or broccoli rice in place of sushi rice.

Tip: To prevent sogginess, separate wet components like cucumber pickles by using aluminum foil or silicone muffin liners inside bento box.

Simple Teriyaki Bowl

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1          large boneless chicken thigh
  • 2          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3          tablespoons Mizkan Mirin
  • 3          tablespoons Mizkan Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 1/2       scallion
  • 1          tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2          servings hot, cooked rice
  • 1          teaspoon dried seaweed sheet (nori), sliced (optional)
  1. Slice chicken thigh meat into bite-size pieces. In bowl, mix soy sauce, mirin and rice vinegar; marinate chicken pieces in seasoning mix 10 minutes.
  2. Cut scallion into 2-inch pieces. In frying pan, saute until soft, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. In frying pan, heat oil and cook chicken until browned.
  4. When meat is browned, pour marinade over chicken and continue cooking on low heat until sauce thickens.
  5. Place hot, cooked rice in individual bowls. Spread sliced dried seaweed pieces over rice, if desired, and top with chicken and scallions to serve.


Photo courtesy of NPDstock/Shutterstock (Simple Teriyaki Bowl)

Source:  Mizkan

Videos 27 January 2020

Beefy Cali Roll

(Family Features) An innovative sushi-style concept, “beefshi” features convenient beef products like pastrami, roast beef, summer sausage, hot dogs, corned beef or bologna prepared in rolls with rice and vegetables. You can beef up your menu with a trendy twist with a recipe like this Beefy Cali Roll that includes corned beef, avocado and cucumber.

Find more information and recipes at beefshi.com.

Beefy Cali Roll

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute on behalf of the Beef Checkoff
Yield: 2 rolls (16 pieces)

Hand Vinegar:

  • 1          cup water
  • 1/4       cup rice vinegar

Piquant Sauce:

  • 1/2       cup plain yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon mustard
  • 1          tablespoon horseradish
  • 1/2       avocado, mashed until smooth

Maki:

  • 2          sheets nori
  • 2          cups prepared sushi rice
  • 6          thin slices corned beef
  • 1/2       avocado, cut into slivers
  • 1/4       cucumber, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • rice seasoning
  • wasabi peas
  1. To make hand vinegar: In small bowl, stir water and rice vinegar.
  2. To make piquant sauce: In small bowl, blend yogurt, mustard, horseradish and avocado.
  3. To make maki: Lay sushi mat on clean surface. Moisten hands with hand vinegar and shake off excess. Place one nori sheet on mat, shiny-side down. Spread 1 cup rice across nori, leaving 1 inch empty at farthest end.
  4. Lay half of corned beef, avocado and cucumber crosswise along rice, covering half the surface closest to you.
  5. Securing corned beef, avocado and cucumber with fingers, use thumbs to push end of mat up and over filling until edge of the nori meets rice on opposite side. Press firmly on roll.
  6. Lift top of mat and roll firmly until tight and round. Squeeze gently to shape roll. Press ends in carefully to secure loose rice. Remove mat and set roll aside.
  7. Repeat to make second roll.
  8. Use thin, sharp knife to cut each roll into eight slices. Arrange on sushi platter and sprinkle with rice seasoning and wasabi peas. Serve with piquant sauce.

Sponsor: North American Meat Institute

Meal Ideas 27 January 2020

Beef Up Your Menu with a Trendy Twist on Sushi

(Family Features) Tantalizing taste buds with the latest in trendy foods can be a fun way to bring the whole family to the table for meals together. Combining familiar flavors with a new preparation method, for example, is one way to add flair to dinners at home.

An innovative sushi-style concept, "beefshi" features convenient beef products like pastrami, roast beef, summer sausage, hot dogs, corned beef or bologna prepared in rolls with rice and vegetables. Because recipes like Reuben Roll, Taco Maki, New York Deli Roll and Muffarolletta can be enjoyed individually as appetizers or grouped together for a full meal, these dishes can provide a variety of solutions from entertaining a crowd to simply feeding your family.

Find more information and recipes at beefshi.com

Reuben Roll

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute on behalf of the Beef Checkoff
Yield: 2 rolls (16 pieces)

Hand Vinegar:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

Rolls:

  • 12 thin slices pastrami
  • 3 cups sushi rice
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 sheets nori
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese, cut into slivers
  • 1 1/4 cups sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and squeezed dry
  • Russian dressing
  1. To make hand vinegar: In small bowl, stir water and rice vinegar.
  2. To make rolls: Lay sushi mat on clean surface and cover with plastic wrap. Lay six slices pastrami on mat lengthwise. Moisten hands with hand vinegar and shake off excess. Spread 1 1/2 cups rice across pastrami, leaving 1 inch empty at farthest end. Sprinkle rice with caraway seeds. Turn nori over so rice side is down.
  3. Cover half the pastrami crosswise with two slices cheese and half the sauerkraut.
  4. Securing meat and cheese with fingers, use thumbs to push end of mat up and over filling until edge of nori meets rice on opposite side. Press firmly on roll.
  5. Lift top of mat and roll firmly until tight and round. Squeeze gently to shape. Press ends in carefully to secure loose rice. Remove mat and set roll aside.
  6. Repeat to make second roll.
  7. Use thin, sharp knife to cut each roll into eight slices. Arrange on sushi platter and serve with Russian dressing.

New York Deli Roll

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute on behalf of the Beef Checkoff
Yield: 2 rolls (16 pieces)

Hand Vinegar:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

Futomaki:

  • 2 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sushi rice
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 6 thin slices corned beef
  • 4 teaspoons horseradish, well-drained
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese, sliced into thin sticks
  • Dijon mustard
  1. To make hand vinegar: In small bowl, stir water and rice vinegar.
  2. To make futomaki: Lay sushi mat on clean surface and cover with plastic wrap. Place one nori sheet on mat, shiny-side down. Moisten hands with hand vinegar and shake off excess. Spread 1 1/2 cups rice across nori. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon caraway seeds. Turn nori over so rice side is down.
  3. Cover half the rice crosswise with three slices corned beef. Spread corned beef with 2 teaspoons horseradish. Cover corned beef with two slices cheese.
  4. Securing meat and cheese with fingers, use thumbs to push end of mat up and over filling until edge of nori meets rice on opposite side. Press firmly on roll.
  5. Lift top of mat and roll firmly until tight and round. Squeeze gently to shape roll. Press ends in carefully to secure loose rice. Remove mat and set roll aside.
  6. Repeat to make second roll.
  7. Use thin, sharp knife to cut each roll into eight slices. Arrange on sushi platter and serve with Dijon mustard.

Taco Maki

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute on behalf of the Beef Checkoff
Yield: 2 rolls (16 pieces)

Hand Vinegar:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

Maki:

  • 2 sheets nori
  • 4 cups sushi rice
  • 4 ounces finely shredded spicy beef jerky
  • 16 cilantro sprigs
  • 1/2 cup slivered radishes
  • 64 tortilla strips
  • queso fresco crumbles
  • pico de gallo
  1. To make hand vinegar: In small bowl, stir water and rice vinegar.
  2. To make maki: Lay sushi mat on clean surface. Moisten hands with hand vinegar and shake off excess. Place one nori sheet on mat, shiny-side down. Spread 2 cups rice across nori, leaving 1 inch empty at farthest end.
  3. Lay 2 ounces jerky, 8 cilantro sprigs and 1/4 cup radishes crosswise along rice, covering half the surface closest to you.
  4. Securing jerky, cilantro and radishes with fingers, use thumbs to push end of mat up and over filling until edge of nori meets rice on opposite side. Press firmly on roll.
  5. Lift top of mat and roll firmly until tight and round. Squeeze gently to shape roll. Press ends in carefully to secure loose rice. Remove mat and set roll aside.
  6. Repeat to make second roll.
  7. Use thin, sharp knife to cut each roll into eight slices. Arrange on sushi platter. Stand four tortilla strips upright in center of each roll then sprinkle with queso fresco. Serve with pico de gallo.

Muffarolletta

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute on behalf of the Beef Checkoff
Yield: 2 rolls (16 pieces)

Hand Vinegar:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar

Rice:

  • 1/2 cup mixed olives, patted dry and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons capers, patted dry and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sushi rice
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Rolls:

  • 8 thin slices beef salami
  • 3 thin slices part-skim mozzarella, cut into sticks
  • 3 thin slices provolone, cut into sticks
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery leaves
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • shaved celery
  1. To make hand vinegar: In small bowl, stir water and rice vinegar.
  2. To make rice: In small bowl, mix olives, capers, garlic and rice; season with pepper, to taste.
  3. To make rolls: Lay sushi mat on clean surface and cover with plastic wrap. Lay four slices salami on mat, overlapping by about 1/2 inch, to create surface 7 inches wide and 6 inches deep.
    Moisten hands with hand vinegar and shake off excess. Cover salami with 1 1/2 cups sushi rice, leaving 1 inch empty at farthest end.
  4. Arrange half of each cheese along center of rice crosswise, covering half of rice closest to you. Sprinkle cheese with 1/8 cup celery leaves.
  5. Securing cheese with fingers, use thumbs to push end of mat up and over filling until one edge of rice meets opposite side. Press firmly on roll.
  6. Lift top of mat and roll firmly until tight and round. Squeeze gently to shape roll. Press ends in carefully to secure loose rice. Remove mat, peel off plastic and set roll aside.
  7. Repeat to make second roll.
  8. Slice each roll into eight rounds, arrange on sushi platter and sprinkle each slice with sesame seeds. Serve with shaved celery.

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