Until I started my 500 calories cooking, I never used whole grain mustard. I thought it was lumpy and bitter to eat compared to yellow or Dijon mustard. I was wrong. It is quite tasty! Natural whole grain mustard is made out of mustard seeds, vinegar, and salt. It has a great health benefit that you want to hear. It can speed up the metabolism and promote to burn fat. It is an ideal ingredient!
Grilled Mustard Chicken Set Meal 494 calories
All recipes are made for 2 servings. This printable recipe box will allow you to change the serving size to adjust the recipe.
When it comes to cooking, whole grain mustard works great because of thick texture that sticks to meats well. It enhances flavor if combined with mayonnaise. It tends to burn easily, so you will need to cook meat first. Then coat meat with mustard sauce and cook for five minutes for golden brown perfection!
Boiling root vegetables, we call “nimono”, is a common dish for Japanese. Root vegetables (vegetables that grow underground) takes time to get cooked inside. Remember to place water and root vegetables in pan and then turn on heat. By heating up slowly from water, it will keep the shapes and get cooked evenly. On the other hand, leafy vegetables (vegetables that grow above ground) get cooked quickly. If you cook them from water, it gets too soft or even mushy. Make sure to boil water first and then add leafy vegetables. For this recipe, simmer the root vegetables in water with soy sauce and sugar until the liquid is slightly reduced. You don’t need to add dashi. You can enjoy the rich flavor from boiled root vegetables and thick sauce.
Last month I visited my hometown Tokyo, Japan. My mom asked me to buy 80 apples from farmers market because Fuji apples were in season. They are so good to just eat but let’s add to a recipe. Japanese loved Fuji apples are well balanced with sweetness and sourness. They are crunchy and juicy. When you cut the apple, you may see clear brown part near the core. It is pleasant surprise. We call it “honey”. Apple with honey tastes sweeter than the one without it. Fortunately, Fuji apples became world famous and available at your local stores. After you slice apples, mix with the vinegar mayo dressing to prevent from turning brown.
Here in Southern California we had ENOUGH hot weather through October. Finally it stopped, and we are having comfortable temperature. Why am I complaining about the hot temperature? Because I wanted to enjoy hot soup. On my last blog Healthy Sweet and Sour Pork, I pointed out cooking benefits of potato starch. Today I want to talk about a health benefit from adding potato starch to this soup recipe. Potato starch will keep the soup warm because the thicken texture will block outside air. Eating warm food will warm up your body from inside and promote the metabolism. It also adds volume to the dish and gives you feeling of fullness. If you like lactose free, use plain soy milk. This creamy rich soup will make you warmer and happier!
Each 500 calories set meal comes with 100g of steamed rice. You will need to cook rice in a rice cooker or in a heavy gage pot. And measure cooked rice for 100 grams. I will show you how to make your cooking life easier. Read more How To Cook And Store Japanese Rice.