cooking for my ohana

Growing up, eating dinner together as a family has always been a priority.  While I do love stuffing my face with donuts, burgers & sushi … I do love cooking at home too! When I was in junior high I was obsessed with the Food Network, I loved watching Martha Stewart. (my cooking hashtag #weiweimarthastewart) I basically taught myself how to cook from watching cooking shows, with inspiration from my Dad & Lola in the kitchen too. While some kids learned to bake cookies with their grandparents, I learned how to roll lumpia while watching the Price is Right with mine.

I decided to prepare a home-cooked meal for the ohana because it was my sister’s first night home with their newborn baby! (Baby Jojo was born #71017 Follow her on Instagram @essentialohana to learn more about her birth story)

I prepared Korean-style Buddha bowls. I love using colorful veggies whenever I’m cooking, and there are some great summer veggies currently in season. Here’s what I used:


  • sweet potatoes, cubed & roasted in olive oil
  • red cabbage, grilled in olive oil — grilling red cabbage adds a nice depth of flavor
  • zucchini, grilled
  • purple cauliflower, roughly chopped & sauteed
  • broccoli, sauteed in sesame oil
  • bell pepper, sauteed
  • bok choy, sauteed
  • snap peas, blanched
  • purple radish, sliced thin

all veggies were sauteed/grilled with salt & pepper

Ground Beef

  • 2 lbs. of 90% lean ground beef
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • garlic powder (i forgot to buy garlic, would recommend chopped garlic over powder)
  • green onion

I browned the ground beef with a little olive oil, then added soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and green onion.


Arranging the bowls was super easy. After you sautee/grill all the veggies, you can assemble the bowls pretty quick! If you’re in a hurry, you can totally just throw all the veggies together and saute/grill at the same time. I did it separately for plating purposes, I wanted to make it look extra pretty! 🙂

At the base of the bowl, I added 1/3 cup of brown rice. I usually cheat too and just buy a frozen bag of brown rice & microwave it, because it’s quicker than busting out the rice cooker.

Next step was arranging all the cooked veggies and topping with the ground beef. I added some more thinly sliced green onion on top, then finished with some fresh Thai basil & roasted sesame seeds. I also set aside some gochujang for anyone who wanted to add some spice & sesame dressing for more flavor. The ohana loved dinner & my sis  appreciated the home cooked meal since we were on a pizza kick before the baby arrived.

I love having foodventures with my ohana, enjoying & discovering restaurants in Chicago. But there’s always something special about making dinner at home for my own.

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Thanks for reading my first of many blog posts!

Will work on creating a more detailed recipes for future posts with measurements, 😉

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