I’ve been working on making my salads more substantial. Step one: find an even bigger plate. Step two: add protein. Step three: make sure the dressing is as yummy as it can possibly get.
While step one involves shopping and is therefore super fun, steps two and three are where you should focus most of your energy. As I think you know by now, my favorite protein is shrimp. They go from frozen to cooked in like 10 minutes! You guys. You KNOW how lazy I am. If I can’t get dinner ready in like a half hour or less, I’m just gonna eat a pile of celery. This is why I consume so much dang shrimp! (Also? Delicious.)
Creating new dressing recipes is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen, so step three of my super-salad plan is no sweat at all. I like this sesame dressing because even though it’s quite light (20 calories for two tablespoons!), it’s so full of flavor that you don’t feel deprived. The sesame oil is nutty and rich, and the rice vinegar brightens everything up.
I loved the sesame dressing with this shrimp and spinach salad. With the celery and mushrooms, it reminds me of a classic stir-fry. Quick and easy? Check. Good for you? Check. Delicious? Double check. Here’s the recipe. Read more… →
Lazy summer Sundays call for easy “linners” — mid-afternoon snack/lunches that are simple and filling, but that don’t weigh you down. This past Sunday, my recently graduated SO (yay!!) put together an awesome guacamole linner for us. L’s guacamole is a little unconventional; it calls for poblanos and anaheim peppers instead of the typical jalapeno, and the seasoning combination (my contribution to the dish) is a little unusual too.
This guacamole is a new staple for us for sure. A big bowl of beautiful, bright green guac with a mountain of gluten-free tortilla chips, and some grilled corn on the side? How about YES. Keep reading for the recipe! Read more… →
I live in a tiny apartment with no yard, so I’ve never been able to grow any of my own food. I do, however, have a cute little back deck. A few weekends ago, I got my act together and *finally* made use of the space — I set up a little herb garden! I planted rosemary, parsley, dill, mint, and three different kinds of basil.
I’ve been having a lot of fun finding uses for all these fresh herbs. My favorite this week? Dill. If you’ve never had fresh dill before, get thee to the store ASAP so you can give it a try! The flavor is very green — sharp and tangy and bright. Dill pairs especially nicely with fish, but it’s also delicious whipped into butter or cottage cheese. Read more… →
While I always feel extra-virtuous when I’m eating a big bowl of vegetables, health-consciousness is NOT the main reason why I avoid cooking meat. The real reason I don’t cook meat more often? Unless it’s a Sunday afternoon and I have tons of time to kill, I am the world’s laziest cook. I worked all day long! The last thing I want to do when I get home is fool with some thick cut of meat. No one has time for that. I mean, really. I’ll just make a salad.
For a long time, my favorite cashier at the grocery store thought I was a vegetarian. “Nope!” I said, when he asked. “I just like vegetables a lot.” Occasionally though, I (or someone who loves me) throw a few bites of meat into my cart. Then, things like this spicy Italian sausage soup happen.
It’s super easy, super simple, and super quick. It took me just 40 minutes to make from start to finish, vegetable prep and all. And it’s just delicious to eat — probably one of my favorite soups I’ve ever made. The spice from the Italian sausage flavors the whole dish throughout. Something about that extra bit of fat makes it feel like a real treat. There’s also a little twist that makes the soup extra delicious: Greek yogurt! Stir it in at the very end to add just a little creaminess and tang. Read the full recipe after the jump! Read more… →
As I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, I recently rediscovered the wonders of couscous. I became a little obsessed with it actually — I researched all kinds of varieties to see what new things I could play with. I fixated on tri-color pearl (aka Israeli) couscous. It just looks so beautiful on a plate! It’s like the couscous is its own adornment. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t seem to have any Israeli couscous in my local grocery store. I suppose I could have gotten it at another shop, but frankly, I am too cheap and lazy to shop anyplace else. I took it as a sign and tried to put the couscous out of my mind.
But one day, several weeks after the onset of my obsession, it revealed itself to me: tri-color pearl couscous in my regular grocery store, for under 3.50 a pound. I combined some of my favorite flavors — coconut, cilantro, and citrus — to celebrate my find.
This coconut couscous is lightly nutty and bright, fragrant with cilantro, garlic, and lime. To keep the calories and fat low, I used an unsweetened blend of almond milk and coconut milk instead of pure coconut milk. It works beautifully in this dish. If you can’t find coconut-almond milk, feel free to use a blend of coconut milk and water instead.
The coconut couscous is a great side for just about anything. Try pairing it with marinated grilled flank steak, garlic shrimp, or skewered chicken and vegetables. Read more… →