In addition to this weeks’ WIAW, I’m sharing my latest favorite dinner bowl with you. My Wakame Greens Bowl!
But first, isn’t it fascinating how our taste buds change over time?
Or, now that I think about it, is it our actual taste buds or just our own mentality that changes?
Cottage Cheese, wine, sauerkraut, tofu, sushi, dark chocolate, coffee …. these are all things I thought I despised while growing up. I say “thought” because really I had never even tried a few of them (tofu what?). Growing up in small towns meant absolutely no knowledge of things such as “sushi.” Once I discovered what it was, the thought of raw fish was enough for me to make a firm decision that, nope, I did not like it. And it would never enter my mouth.
As I looked at my eats from Sunday for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I realized how many things I now eat on the regular which I once never touched. Not just eat, but LOVE (ending my full day of eats is a super funky recipe so keep reading!)
Cottage Cheese. If you read my post from yesterday you would have already read that I thought the white stuff was near revolting. Now I’m shooting out recipes for cottage cheese baked oats and collecting lists of ways to use the stuff (seriously, if you need ideas for new ways to cottage cheese – just look at the comments on my post. You people are GENIUS).
Cottage Cheese Baked Oats + Peanut Butter + Banana
And then there’s sauerkraut. I don’t think I had ever actually had it until last year, but for some reason – due to my stubborn child self and my ability to convince myself of anything – I truly believed I did not like it.
Roasted Sweet Potato + Salmon Burger + Roasted Beets + Spinach + Honey Mustard Sauce
Coffee, wine and dark chocolate…. now those are the real kickers. The fact that, even through high school, I sincerely despised the taste of all these things makes me shake my head. Each one of those things are now my saving grace. My favorite tastes as well as my
necessary beloved comforts for the soul.
I know a lot of it has to do with growing up. Somehow our taste buds as children are different and seem naturally adverse to many tastes. Is this a physiological thing? Or do surroundings and life come into play? Why is it that adults like dark chocolate, coffee and wine yet children do not? It must be a bitterness thing. I guess we gain a love for bitterness as we grow old. Both in food and in attitude…..
Freshly baked mini banana muffin from Ambitious Kitchen
Now. Back to that Sushi thing.
Hated it. Refused to eat it. Until my friend in college took pity on me and knew I couldn’t go through life without maki rolls. Now sushi and I have a shared appreciation that transcends the rationalities of this world.
I saw a dinner bowl on a menu the other week and it sounded so intriguing I took mental note of its ingredients so I could try my own version at home. It just so happened I already had the “weird” ingredients it called for. Random foodie buys, you know.
I wasn’t sure what to call it, so I settled for Wakame Greens Bowl. Wakame is an edible seaweed used frequently in japanese cuisine. You can find it dried in any asian market or grocery aisle. All you do is soak it for a few minutes in water to rehydrate and then its ready to throw into salads or soups or… rice bowls.
Not to mention, wakame is probably the easiest and cheapest seaweed to find. I know it sounds like a craazzyy thing to buy, but you really should be able to find it in any well stocked grocery store. And seaweed has SO many good things for you. For a 1-2 Tbsp serving, this one contains roughly 3.75–7.5 kcal and provides 15–30 mg of omega-3 fatty acids! BOOYA to the omegas! It is also super high in calcium, iodine, thiamine and niacin. The Japanese man… they’ve got it goin’ on.
So this Wakame Greens Bowl. I actually had NO idea what it was going to taste like as I was making it (and I will admit, was pretty darn skeptical of how it would be).
I was FLOORED at the result. Oh man guys. The crazy combination of these ingredients magically made this bowl taste exactly like a maki sushi roll. As I was “mmm-ing” over each inhalation, I was trying to figure out how it was that these ingredients worked so well together. I decided that the sauerkraut is what gave the rice the unique vinegary taste of sushi rice. Who would have thought of that!? And then of course the wakame provides the fishy taste, the tempeh adds some ginger and the avocado and greens just round out the bowl to complete perfections.
I was so excited.
So to round this out and return to the beginning theme of this post, my 10, 12, 16, or even 20 year old self wouldn’t have come close to such a thing called a Wakame Greens Bowl. But oh man. Thank you taste buds for maturing, for I would have been missing out if they hadn’t.
Just one more little fascinating part of life, and a reminder to just keep going with the flow of ongoing change.
Dark chocolate, straight from the freezerWakame Greens Bowl! A sushi lovers dream recipe! plus WIAW: How our taste buds change. Click To Tweet
So tell me,
What is one thing you used to hate that now you love?
Do you like sushi?