One Plate Zen
Welcome to One Plate Zen English Page
I am introducing simple, healthy, and authentic Japanese Zen Buddhist vegetarian recipes you can add to your daily meals.
I will share my life through mindful eating by introducing Zen vegetarian home cooking recipes.
I have adapted my recipes from the Zen temple in Niigata, Japan, where I was born and grew up.
I have slightly modified them in light of the availability of ingredients in the US
What is "Shojin Ryori"?
"Shojin Ryori" is a general term for Zen vegetarian cuisine originally referred to the meal prepared for the monks in the monasteries.
Shojin Ryori does not have a specific method or a form, however it is the basis of modern Japanese cuisine and it has transformed through time.
Shojin Ryori is vegan with the ingredients centered around soybean products, dried vegetables, fermented foods, and seasonal vegetables.
I follow two books as my cooking guide written by Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen sect.
Cooking is not just about with recipes; it is also about your attitude and manner towards cooking with joyful and nurturing heart and mind: to be attentive and to be present in the moment while you cook and eat.
Shojin Ryori involves not only preparing and cooking the meals, but also eating the meals, and cleaning up afterwards.