One of my favourite things that I had in Japan (and that I've always kept an eye out for ever since) is Okonomiyaki. This is best described as maybe a savoury pancake or pizza style dish which is typically served loaded with veges and/or meat and topped with lots of yummy sauces and extra bits. The more traditional recipe calls for flour, soy, and lashings of Japanese Mayo (have you ever checked out the label on that stuff?!!), so it is not something that we eat, however I saw a picture of one the other day and it got me thinking...surely this could be done in a clean, fresh way so as to have the best of both worlds?!
Well, the answer was yes - it could be done!
After a bit of playing around, a recipe was concocted that even received the nod of approval from hubby who wolfed his down for lunch. He didn't even mind that it was vegetarian which says lot! You can also add meat though if you prefer....you could add chicken or pork mince to the mixture and it would taste great.
This one was vegetarian though, and the recipe was free of gluten, grains, dairy, soy, nuts, and sugar. There are a few slightly more obscure ingredients in this recipe that are all easily found at either your local asian supermarket or your local whole food store, but if you do not have them on hand or do not want to buy them they can for the most part be eliminated or substituted without too much impact on the overall effect.
You can serve this either as a yummy light lunch with a side salad, or it makes a great accompaniment to a Japanese style dinner. Serve with steamed rice or maybe some kumara mash, or some healthy karaage chicken (check out the recipe here). Yummo!