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4 Japanese Vegan Recipe Side Dishes

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4 Japanese Vegan Recipe Side Dishes

From a health and ideological standpoint, there are more people living a vegan lifestyle than ever before. Yet, preparing vegan for both the side and main dishes can be challenging.

There are many side dishes introduced at Umami Recipe that are vegan-friendly, including those that provide a good balance of vegetables and are packed with nutrition while using only a few ingredients.

Dried Tofu and Broad Beans Sala

A dish where the distinct texture of the Koya-Tofu goes well with the freshness of the broad beans. Broad beans are rich in nutrients, potassium in particular playing a role in transmitting nerve stimulation and regulating the function of the heart and muscles.
The beans also contain vitamin C, a nutrient that is important for the production of collagen, which is involved in the health of bones and tendons as well as blood vessels. A lack of vitamin C can make blood vessels brittle and prone to bleeding.
Vitamin C can't be made in the body, so we need to get it from our diets! Broad beans are also recommended because they contain many other nutrients such as protein and minerals.

Dried Tofu and Broad Beans Salad

Freeze-dried tofu is known as "koya tofu" in Japanese. It's a common ingredient in Japan and people love it for its unique texture. Combine it with beans and vegetables and you have a he...

Spinach and Corn with Teriyaki Sauce

The lightly charred soy sauce gives this dish a savory aroma that arouses the appetite; a perfect combination with the slight scent of garlic and the sweet teriyaki.
Spinach is low in calories and carbohydrates, but is packed with nutrients.
One notable feature of spinach is iron, which is a mineral that is essential for the prevention and improvement of anemia, as it produces hemoglobin in the blood. The iron content in spinach is believed to be comparable to that of beef liver.
The succulent texture of the corn and the sweet teriyaki flavor makes this dish a favorite among children.
Simple to prepare, all that is needed is a frying pan to cook. Also, the teriyaki sauce is easy to make; a one to one ratio of soy sauce and mirin (or sugar) will never let you down!

Spinach and Corn with Teriyaki Sauce

The charred soy sauce gives off a rich fragrance, making for a delightful side-dish. A simple recipe prepared in a single pan. Remember that teriyaki is a 1 to 1 ratio of soy sauce and mirin (or sugar...

Oven baked Japanese Leek with Miso

In the spirit of yakitori, these Japanese leeks are skewered and made into an easy-to-eat snack. The sweet and spicy miso sauce pairs well with both rice and drinks.
As the leek is slow cooked in the oven, the sweetness of the vegetable compounds, resulting in a flavor rich treat.  
People tend to think of leeks as a condiment to be chopped and added to dishes, but in this dish, the leek takes the center stage! 
Its spicy flavor comes from its allyl sulfide, which is found in the white part of the leek. It has blood-thinning, sterilizing and antioxidant properties. In addition, it is believed to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease.
The green part of the leek is also rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to protect the body from stress and is also effective in preventing colds.
Try using your favorite vegetables in addition to Japanese leeks, or try using different seasonings such as ground chili peppers.

Oven baked Japanese Leek and Miso

Like Yakitori (chicken skewers), Japanese leek is skewered and made into an easy-to-enjoy snack. The sweet and spicy miso sauce goes well with both rice and sake. As the oven cooks the leeks slowly, t...

Simmered Kabocha Squash

This is a classic Japanese home-style dish made by boiling pumpkin with sugar and soy sauce. It is easy to make with only a few ingredients, and the tender pumpkin is delicious.
Kabocha contains many vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamins B, C and E. It is also a good source of carbohydrates, a source of energy.
The recipe also provides potassium and dietary fiber, which helps to regulate the body from the inside out. The kabocha is sometimes referred to as the King of Vegetables for a reason.
The sweet, soft and chewy kabocha pumpkin can be easily broken up with chopsticks and enjoyed with rice.

Simmered Kabocha Squash

Kabocha nimono is a standard Japanese home-cooked dish using kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) simmered in sugar and soy sauce. It's easy to make with just a few ingredients, and the soft and crea...

Why Not Try Vegan Side Dishes?

Vegan food is very healthy in terms of ensuring high vegetable intake and no animal products. If you have never eaten much vegan foods before, but are interested you may want to start with the side dishes first.
The recipes listed here are quick and easy to make with ingredients that are easily available at the supermarket.

Read More: Japanese Vegan Main Dishes
Find More: Japanese Vegan Recipes

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