|Above photo: Tsukemono Sushi - a wonderful vegetarian sushi using pickles rather than fish.|
Let Us Enrich Your TableBy: Kozo Sakano
Let us enrich your table
With our legendary tastes of Japan.
We are particular about the ingredients
And the craftsmanship cherished
For over a century.
The traditional tastes handed down,
Through generations, remain unchanged
With the dedication of our forefathers.
We continue to relay our cultural inheritance,
Nurturing and stirring people with our delicacies.
Healthy Japanese FoodTypical ingredients for healthy food in Japan include:
Of course, rice is a Japanese staple. Rice is eaten with at least 2 meals a day. Yes, even for breakfast. If you`re interested in Japanese food, invest in a rice cooker. It`s an excellent easy healthy eating addition to your home. Rice cookers make all kinds of rice (even brown, basmati, long grain etc) perfectly. There`s even a timer on it so you can prepare it in the morning and it`ll be ready for you for dinner. It`s well worth the price tag.
Miso is a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt. It is used to make soups or sauces. There are many varieties. White miso is the most popular. Red miso has a stronger taste to it. Miso Soup is side dish to most Japanese meals. The health benefits are enormous:
- Reduced risks of breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer
- protection from radiation
- Strengthens the immune system
- High in Antioxidants
- Numerous anti-aging properties
- Packed with nutrients such asprotein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, choline, linoleic acid, lecithin, and dietary fiber, enzymes and probiotics
- Promotes healthy, beautiful skin
The Japanese diet contains a lot of interesting and delicious vegetable dishes including Japanese pickles.
Fish is better than meat and the Japanese diet definitely favors fish. Sardines are popular here. While, I was not a fan of sardines, I am now. The way they are prepared here is delicious and sardines have such an incredible health value -especially in terms of calcium.
We`ve got lots of Japanese recipes coming including easy sushi recipes! Stay tuned.
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