I might have a problem: I might be a little sriracha-obsessed. That bottle up there? I bought it last week and it’s already almond have gone. I’ve been finding ways to sneak it into things left and right. When I originally came up with the idea for this salad, I envisioned a creamy avocado-lime dressing. You see how that turned out, right? No avocado in sight; instead, I dressed it with a spicy mixture of yogurt, sriracha, and lime juice. And I don’t regret it for a second, because the dressing kind of made the salad.
Do you ever have one of those days where by the time you get home from work you’re so tired of thinking that the idea of cooking dinner seems like a form od cruel and unusual punishment? (Please tell me it isn’t just me!) I’ve been having a lot of those lately, which is why there was a full week between the time I bought the ingredients to make this farro risotto with roasted mushrooms to the time that I actually made it.
Of course, once I did make it, I regretted waiting so long. The recipe is so simple and requires almost no thought at all. And those roast mushrooms… have you ever had roast mushrooms? They might just be the things that dreams are made of. The flavor gets concentrated in the oven, making them super earthy and woodsy. They add so much flavor to the risotto that you hardly need to add anything else at all! (Of course there isn’t much that can’t be improved by topping it with a poached egg!)
Last Saturday I went a little overboard at lunch (I had a craving for a gooey cheese quesadilla that I needed to satisfy!), so I wanted to make something a little lighter for dinner to balance it out. I wandered around Shop Rite without much of a plan, just pulling whatever healthy ingredients sounded appetizing into my cart. I ended up making an easy carrot, quinoa, and pistachio salad. I served the salad with pita bread and baba ganoush, for a simple, yet very satisfying meal.
This Kimchi fried rice is comfort food at it’s best. It’s the perfect combination of starchy rice, spicy chili paste, and sour kimchi. Throw in a little kale for good measure and top it off with a runny, sunny-side up egg – what more can you ask for?
If you think ahead and cook your rice the night before (or make extra to go along with another meal earlier in the week), this meals comes together in no time. 15-20 minutes, tops. It’s also pretty hard to mess up… fried rice tends to be pretty forgiving! I like mine extra spicy and with tons of kimchi – a 1:1 ratio with the rice – but you can tweak it to our own liking.