tomato risotto

don’t stir too much so

the rice can form a crunchy

crust on the bottom

source, 6 servings

4 T olive oil, 1 onion, sliced; salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, 1.5 c arborio rice, 2 t minced garlic, 1/2 c white wine, 2 tomatoes, diced; 4 tomatoes, sliced; 3 c broth, basil leaves

cook oil, spices, onion 5 minutes; add rice, cook 2 minutes; add garlic, wine, diced tomatoes, cook 5 minutes; add warm broth over 10 minutes or until rice is done; layer sliced tomatoes on top, add basil, more salt, pepper, oil

pea greens paella

remove the curly

tendrils from the pea shoots first

or just leave them on

source, 4 servings

4 c hot broth + pinch saffron, 3 T olive oil, 1 onion, cut up; 2 c rice, kosher salt & pepper, zest & juice of 2 lemons, 2 c pea greens

cook onion, oil, salt, pepper in a skillet 5 minutes; add rice, cook 2 minutes; add rest; 500 F, 25 minutes

cheesy tomato rice

it’s light at bedtime

it’s light in the morning, light

switches never touched

source, 6 servings

2 T olive oil, 1 onion, chopped; 1 chile, chopped; 10 roma tomatoes, halved; 1 T kosher salt & pepper, 3 c rice, cooked; 2 c shredded cheddar

cook onion, spices, chile in oil in a cast iron pan 5 mins; add tomatoes, cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes wilt; add rice; sprinkle cheese, broil, serve with red pepper flakes 

saffron coconut rice

one can coconut

milk and one can of water

for two cups of rice

source, 4 servings

2 c rice, 2 T oil, whites of 1 scallion, cut up; 1 t turmeric, kosher salt & pepper, 1 can coconut milk, 1 pinch saffron, 1 lb greens; toppings: 1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes toasted with 1 T sesame seeds + zest of 1 lime, kosher salt & pepper, greens of 1 scallion, cut up; lime wedges. 

heat oil, scallion white, spices, add rice, milk, 1 can of water, simmer 10 minutes without stirring, covered; put greens on top, sprinkle with kosher salt, cook without stirring, covered, until rice is done, stir; add toppings and hot sauce

baked tofu & coconut rice

if the tofu is

not black enough when baked then

use the broiler

source, 4 servings

1 c brown rice cooked in 1 can coconut milk, salt, adding zest of 1 lime and chopped scallions at end; 3 sliced peppers soaked in lime juice, salt, pepper; sauce: 4 T lime juice, 1 c peanut butter, 1 T miso, 1 T ginger, 3/4 c hot water, 1 t salt, 1 T olive oil, 2 T molasses; 2 lbs firm tofu in 1/4-inch crosswise slices; olive oil, lime juice, greens, chiles, chopped scallions

arrange tofu on oiled foil on a baking sheet, drizzle with half of the sauce, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with oil, 450 F, 20 minutes; thin remaining sauce with additional lime juice to use as dressing, serve with greens, chiles, scallions

rice cooker beans and rice

open can — don’t drain

open freezer — don’t defrost

in cooker — don’t stir

4 servings, 360 calories

1 T olive oil, 1 T maple syrup, 1/4 c frozen diced onions, 1/4 c frozen pumpkin puree, 3 T sweet pickled jalapenos, cumin, smoked paprika, black pepper, 1 can goya black beans, 1 c wild rice, 1 c water

place in rice cooker in above order, cook

cruciferous oven risotto

outside it’s winter;

inside the washing machine

a hint of damp spring

4 servings

2 T olive oil, 1 t black pepper, 2 c diced onion, 2 T minced garlic, 1-2 T vegetable bouillon paste, 1.5 c arborio rice, 1/2 c white wine, 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained; 8 brussels sprouts, halved; 2 c chopped broccoli, 1/2 c parm, fresh parsley

heat oil, pepper, onion, garlic, bouillon, cook until browning; add rice, cook 1 minute; add wine, artichokes, cook 2 minutes; add brussels sprouts, 4 c hot water; 375 F, 20 minutes; stir in broccoli, parm, bake until almost done; broil, top with parsley