I love my fondue pot. I look for excuses to take it out. So when I found a recipe for Shabu Shabu, I had to try it.
Shabu Shabu is a Japanese One Pot Dish in which a broth made from a variety of ingredients you can choose from is brought to the table where you cook your food as you eat it. For families with younger children you can also pre-cook all of the food if you desire to. The best part is that this dish is so healthy!
While there are specialty hot pots with a low profile specifically for these types of dishes, as long as you have a fondue pot that handles high temperatures, you will be able to safely make this dish.
To start you will need to decide what type of broth you would like to make. I used Kombu, which is kelp seaweed and makes this broth a Kombu Dashi. Some other options are to make a mushroom based or fish based broth.
1 – 4 inch piece of kombu is all you need. Soak in water for at least 30 minutes. Then bring it to a gentle boil and let simmer for an hour or longer either in your fondue pot or stove top. The longer you keep it, the stronger the flavor. At this point I kind of freaked out because I did not like the flavor at all! But I stuck with it and boy was I pleasantly surprised. The kelp adds what many call Umami. It adds a rich undertone of flavor. Now remove the kelp and add mushrooms and sliced vegetables to the broth. Pick what you like but start with hardy items like carrots and diakon radishes. I was able to get my hands on some burdock root and rainbow carrots which were a fun treat. Once cooked, add more delicate veggies like green onion, bok choy, spinach, and so on. I also decided to add a tablespoon of Organic Fermented Red Miso Paste. Because it is soy, it is really important to only use organic fermented soy for health reasons.
Our family tries to make a point of having a Family Fun Night once a week. It usually ends up being a game night but sometimes it is a movie night or a “fancy” food night at home. I”m always looking for a way to inexpensively do something fun. This week is crazy fry dipping sauce night with games.
No matter what your dietary needs are you can make this work. You can use regular store-bought fries, homemade fries, sweet potato, avocado, zucchini, onion rings, really whatever works for you. Fries can be baked, pan, or deep-fried. It really is as simple or complicated as you want to make it.
The fun part is all the sauces. If you or your children are creative, let loose and experiment. Some may be totally disgusting -that’s part of the fun – but some may become your new favorite thing. My suggested starting items to mix and match are:
All Purpose Seasoning
Sriacha (For heat lovers)
Of course, you can add anything else you’d like. Pickle relish, herbs, smoked salts, and bacon bits have all been great additions at some point in our home. Another option is to make a buffet and have chili, shredded chicken, cheese, green onions, onions, bell peppers, olives, sour cream, mac and cheese sauce, or any other favorite toppings available and turn it into a full meal.
If you prefer to have a recipe, take a look at my French Fry Sauce board on Pinterest.
All that is left is to pick which game to play!
I love traditions and I love new things too. I think that about describes me pretty well. I feel a need to never lose sight of the past while embracing the future, find ways of keeping the important things of the past and yet not requiring everything to be exactly the same year after year.
I try to be very frugal and I’ve made mistakes, sometimes big ones. I’ve taken the route of buying things because I liked them only to realize it didn’t really work for my home or long term plans. You know those cute little angelic figurines of children playing that take up space, require more dusting than any human should have to do, and works with absolutely no decor? Yes, I went there…. for years. It would be one thing if they just filled me with so much joy every time I saw them but they didn’t. I just thought they were very pretty. I had to sit down and come up with a plan of action to keep me focused and I’d like to share it with you.
Remember that you can modify any or all of this to make it work for you. You might consider making a digital version using a tool like Evernote for when you forget to take your binder with you. However I suggest to keep the hard copy as digital images can leave something to be desired when color matching.
Do you have an idea or suggestion to add to this? Leave a comment with your ideas.
I love citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons, and limes are my favorites. I will find an excuse to put them into anything. One day, while looking to find another way to add citrus to a meal without driving my children crazy, I came across a most delicious recipe for a warm kale salad and paprika toasted chickpea salad. It had a most unusual, to me, ingredient. Salted lemon peel. I immediately had to try it and I was hooked. They add a rich citrus note to just about any dish. I started making salted peels for oranges and limes as well. It is simple to make and take only a few days for the curing.
Everyone can sleep in as late as they want to. Games upon games come out and we each take turns picking a game to play with everyone. Everyone can have one game that we add to the “Not Playing” list. When it is your turn to pick the game, you can pick any game except for a game on that list. Alternately, you can have a set of games to choose from.
All foods are finger foods. I’d like to say that we only eat healthy finger foods like strawberries and bananas or that I make beautiful appetizers from scratch. Nope. Not on NYE. This is the one day that we severely reduce all food restrictions in our home. While I still have healthy options available, the whole point of the day is to relax and enjoy each other. No running around cooking. I might make some homemade salsa or cookies the day or two before. Chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, chips and dip, Costco bulk appetizers, and fondue are the usual NYE foods. For the most part, everything just needs to be opened and put in the oven to cook or poured onto a plate or bowl.
We also make fun child friendly drinks. You can dip the rims of your glasses into melted chocolate and then into sprinkles. When dried, fill with milk or a milkshake.
We’ve also make beverages mixing sodas and juices.
Sometimes we will make some crafts for NYE. We’ve done Christmas Crackers filled with confetti which are extremely easy to make.
Take empty bathroom tissue tubes, fill with confetti (or candy, or whatever you’d like), using tissue paper (or wrapping paper) wrap around the tube leaving a few inches extra on each side. Using ribbon, gather the extra paper and tie it with a few knots or small bow. Repeat on the other side. When midnight comes, pull the sides apart and confetti will fall!
You can make your own noise makers, balloon drop and even hourly project packs. You can make confetti cake or confetti cookies in advance to free up your day.
The key is EASY. If it can be done in advance…great! But on NYE, nothing time consuming. Nothing that takes you away from your family.
My favorite idea is the Blessing Jar or Thankful Jar. This is a large candy-type jar or container that sits in a somewhat conspicuous location along with a pad of paper and a pen. Throughout the year as someone receives a blessing, they write it out, fold it up, and place it in the jar. (For younger children crayons and drawing paper can be used or children can ask someone older to write out the blessing.) Then, on NYE, you read all the blessing of the past year.
For more ideas on celebrating New Years with your family visit my NYE Pinterest board. All links in this post are to Pinterest ideas. Enjoy and have a Happy & Blessed New Year! 🙂