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Home Vegan Lunch Buffet

I wasn’t planning to make any thing for lunch (so the plan was to eat out), but when I checked the fridge, all different ideas came to me.

So the plan was changed at the last minute.

One of the things I wanted to cook was these portobello mushrooms.

One tip for buying portobello mushrooms (or any type of mushrooms) is to buy them in bulk instead of the packaged one.

You can typically save some money (sometimes a lot, but do the math first), and also you can pick the freshest-looking ones yourself.

I had just bought beautiful mushrooms and I decided to roast them.

Just out of the oven and sliced.

I can just eat them like this.

So tasty.

Dressed up with grated radish, braised and chopped Renkon lotus root, and chives.

This was the main dish.

But then I was in a mood for a few more dishes to serve for our home buffet.

If I wanted to call it “buffet”, I thought I needed at least three or four dishes, right?

Mustard Dill Potato Salad.

Broccoli Sauteed with Garlic.

Tomato Salad with Sesame and Shiso Basil.

This was a casual lunch for two, but I wanted to use our nice set of silverware.

It took us a long time to find cutlery that we really wanted, but when we saw these Fortessa Bistro flatware, we fell in love with them.

Love the simple but elegant design, and their heavy weight.

So beautiful.

My plate looked like this.

I enjoyed it with a couple of slices of homemade crusty bread and a glass of home cold-brewed coffee.

The roasted portobello was served with homemade citrus soy sauce.

Very refreshing.

Spinach Muffins with Crunchy Onion Topping

Muffin-making happens in my kitchen on the weekend.

I had beautiful spinach, and I knew that was going to turn my muffins to green deliciousness.

Love the color!

They were topped off with crunchy crispy onion.

And they were ready to go into the oven.

Finally out of the oven, and they looked absolutely perfect!

Exactly what I expected, the color, and the puffiness.

These are sweet (but not too sweet) and savory at the same time.

So you can enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack.

Really anytime of the day.

These are not only beautifully green, but also delicious!

The inside is moist and the crunchy onion topping goes so well.

I’m not a big beer drinker, but I bet these can be a good snack for beer drinkers, too.

Since I have cool lunchbox stuff (these are from 100-yen shops in Japan), I decided to quickly put together a meal package.

Isn’t it cool?

The spinach muffins were packed with fresh grapes and pickled rhubarb.

This is a well-balanced lunch, if you ask me.

Spinach Muffins with Crunchy Onion Topping2 tablespoons flax seed meal (ground)
1 and 1/4 cup soy milk
1 ~1.5 cup fresh spinach
1/3 cup canola oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch salt
1/2 cup crunchy fried onion1. Preheat the oven at 375 F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
2. In a tall container combine flax seed meal and soy milk. Let it stand for a few minutes
3. Add fresh spinach. Puree spinach using a hand blender.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients except fried onion. Combine well but do not over-mix.
5. Spoon the batter in the muffin tins.
6. Place fried onion on top.
7. Bake for about 20~30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

There is a Blues Festival going on in our city this weekend, and my Spinach Muffins made it there, too.

It’s pretty hot outside, but the music is awesome!

Tofu and Portobello Sushi Rolls

Sushi time!

This is a tofu version.

Teriyaki tofu, cucumber, avocado, lightly pickled carrot, lightly pickled radish, and spinach.

I like a lot of veggies in my roll.

So, it usually looks like this.

Once you know what you are doing, making sushi rolls is not that difficult.

The process is actually pretty fun.

This is a portobello version.

The inside is the same as the tofu version, except that it has roasted portobello in place of tofu.

My sushi roll looks good on my hand-made plate.

I’m so proud of this piece.

I haven’t touched clay for a while, and I should go back to my studio soon.

Have a great weekend!

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