Calabacitas Rapidas - Sammy Makes Six

Calabacitas Rapidas

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My girls are a mix of a different races including Japanese and Guamanian. As Pacific Islanders mixed with Mexican, their food tastes run really extreme. One day we will be having tacos de carnitas con chile verde and the next we are having spam and red rice with kelaguen. Then there are the days when we mix it up, as of course usually happens when you have so many nationalities mixed in one house, and this is where a little bit of magic happens. We will take a dish that my Mexican mom would normally make, and we add a little bit of their Japanese grandmothers ingredients, and suddenly you have a new dish that is super delicious. Today we did something similar using one a few of our cooking staples: calabacitas and Kikkoman Soy Sauce.


Kikkoman soy sauce is a versatile ingredient that can be used to cook many different types of cuisines. It is naturally brewed and is a natural flavor enhancer. It has a meticulous six-month natural brewing process and a heritage that dates back to feudal Japan, and is a favorite of my girls. Kikkoman gives foods that great kick of flavor that makes me think of when we lived in Hawaii. It makes a lot of our dishes taste like their grandmothers and I know that it also makes them feel like they are cooking with an ingredient that is part of their cultura.

My mom has been making a similar calabacitas dish ever since I can remember. Her version uses a lot of cebollas and chiles. My girls don't really love onions and a few don't eat spicy, so our version is a bit different. This is such a comforting, hearty dish with so much flavor. You have the Kikkoman which immediately gives it this amazing taste and smell and then when you add the queso fresco, you have even more sabor! If you have about 15 minutes and a few ingredients, you can enjoy this delicious dish. So good! If your kids aren't eating you can add some pepper flakes and really give it some kick!

Ingredients (makes 2 generous servings)
  • 2 medium green zucchini diced
  • 1 medium yellow zucchini diced
  • 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of salt
  • Queso Fresco for garnish

Directions: Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and cook together for 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and spinach, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper and cook for another 5-8 minutes, checking on the zucchini until it is tender. Serve hot and sprinkle with queso fresco.


This is just one of the ways that Kikkoman gives our food more sabor, it is such an easy ingredient to incorporate into almost any dish. My mamas calabacitas dish has a new flavor now and it's almost as good as hers (almost). Find more delicious recipes on the Kikkoman Sabor website. How do you Kikkoman?


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