Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 15: makes me happy

Here's a little something I put together out of things from our pantry. It ended up tasting AMAZING.

several handfuls dried shitake mushrooms (I got ours from Costco)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 package frozen spinach, thawed
2 cups whole wheat orzo
zest of one lemon
lemon wedges to taste
salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: rehydrate mushrooms; place in saucepan with several inches of water to cover. add a dash of salt. bring water to a boil, remove from heat, and allow to steep/ re-hydrate for 20-30 mins. reserve water to cook Orzo and set mushrooms aside.

Place mushroom-water over high heat. While waiting for it to boil:

In saucepan, sautee garlic in a little bit of mushroom broth (no oil needed, it will work, I promise). Add thawed frozen spinach and mushrooms.

Once Mushroom water is boiling, add orzo, and cook per package instructions (5-8 minutes). Once desired consistency has been reached, drain orzo, and add spinach/mushroom mixture. stir to combine.

Salt and pepper to taste

add capers, lemon zest, and lemon juice to individual servings.

This was totally a "what do we have in our pantry?" type of meal, and it ended up tasting like some serious gourmet shit. *this link is to an awesome scene from Pulp Fiction. there is cussing.

Today's photo challenge: Happiness. Can you get any more vague? Anyhow, here are a few things that make me happy.

gorgeous rainbow of veggies

Reagan and Ethan

Peanut butter, honey, banana sandwich. (I am aware that honey is not vegan. I don't care because it's delicious, and I'm in this for the health benefits, and the fact that bees are used to produce honey doesn't get my panties in a bunch)

Pretty much anything by Michelle Armas

our gallery wall of family photos

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