As I alluded to the other day, sometimes after Super Bowl weekend you feel the need to eat nothing but salad for a while, as an antidote to all of the greasy, fatty, yet oh-so-delicious tailgating foods you ate during the big game. This year was definitely one of those times. But I didn’t want a typical salad. Lettuce just didn’t seem very appealing when I stopped at the grocery store last night, so I thought back on some of the more creative salad recipes that I’ve seen and meant to try, and settled on an asparagus salad recipe from 101 Cookbooks from more than two years ago.
Risotto is one of my favorite foods, in particular, risotto with mushrooms and peas. And lots of Parmesan cheese. But risotto has its pitfalls. First, arborio rice is starchy and not particularly healthy. Second, all of that Parmesan cheese isn’t so waist-friendly either. Finally, and possibly most important, it’s tedious and extremely time-consuming. So I save real risotto for special occasions… dinner parties, birthdays, etc. When I want to make a nice dinner just for me, I go for ‘fake’ risotto… or as I once got laughed at for calling it, ‘farrotto.’ (It was deserved, I realize.) Making risotto with whole grains and minimal cheese just makes me feel better about things! Continue reading