Food Fave!: Mochi ~ it melts!

mochi crutonsFor the love of Mochi!! There are so many ways to eat it and all of them are super satisfying! Mochi is a sweet brown rice that's been steamed and pounded into a block. It's kept in the refrigerated aisle of your natural food store and is a Macrobiotic staple originating from Japan.

Here are my favorite ways to eat it:

As little cubed 'crutons' in soups made by frying it up with a little oil for a few minutes on each side til it puffs up like this:

mochi crutons


Or as a savory breakfast eaten as a mochi roll up. I cut thin rectangle slivers and place in a steamer basket inside a cabbage leaf filled with grated carrots, pumpkin seeds and a few drops of tamari. It melts and becomes gooey and cheese like inside!:)  *You can basically steam any vegetable with sliced mochi on top to make it like a 'melt'.

Mochi Roll upsI also like to roast little squares that puff up funny in the oven for a few minutes, or on a saute pan. I drizzle with maple syrup and it's like a little pancake!:)

Try it and play around with your own concoctions! It's playful, yummy food and comes in lots of different flavors!