There's just no way around it. I'm a lazy MoFo. Here's tonight's random vegetables over rice in a totally improvised sauce. Looks like a big ole' brown mess in the middle, but there's onion, green pepper, garlic, eggplant, mushroom, roasted turnip, and roasted sweet potato. It's topped with natto, avocado, and black sesame seeds.
Pretty photo it's not. But delicious it is. - Yoda
Natto is one of the weirder Japanese ingredients. It's fermented soy beans in a soy mustard sauce. Sometimes the sauce has seashells and stuff in it, so if it does, just discard and substitute with soy sauce.
Rice with random vegetables
1 cup short grain rice
1 cup water
1 sweet onion minced
1 green pepper minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 small eggplant cubed
1 portabella mushroom cubed
2 turnips cubed roasted
1 sweet potato cubed roasted
1/4 cup dry white wine or saki
1 TBS thai curry paste (red or green)
1/4 cup tahini
Cook rice in rice cooker (because rice cookers are awesome)
Saute onion, pepper, garlic until browned. Add eggplant, mushroom, turnip, and sweet potato, (mine were already roasted, so if raw just add water and extra time until they are cooked) add wine, curry paste, soy sauce, and tahini and heat through.
Serve over rice. Add natto, avocado, and black sesame seeds.