2017 January

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Nourishing Wild Rice Buddha Bowl + Meet New ‘Stirmaker’ Cathy

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Hi, I’m Cathy and I am a retired art teacher, mother, stepmother, grandmother and wife from Nashville,TN. These days things have slowed down a bit for me in the kitchen but I do still think that gathering family together for a meal is one of the best ways to ensure a good time. As I get older and eating healthy becomes more and more important, it’s fun to explore the foods that I love that are actually good for my body. Now that I am a “senior” (I still laugh at that term, really, me?) I need to keep my body in working order more than ever because I have 5 grandchildren to keep up with! My all time favorite activities to stay active are biking, walking, hiking, and traveling. My husband Don and I love going on trips and especially love being in nature and exploring outdoors. I grew up near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee and couldn’t live without fresh mountain air. It really is the best thing for you.

IMG_0955That brings me to this beautiful, nourishing buddha bowl. I actually have no clue what a buddha bowl is (my daughter told me that was what this was called) but what I like about it is it’s simple, heathy, and so tasty. I don’t do a lot of cooking these days to be honest. There was once a time when I had a big family to cook for but now that my children are grown and out of the house I like to keep things simple. This bowl is just that. Easy to make for just one or two and you can customize it to your liking.

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Wild Rice Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl:

Adapted from- Minimalist Baker

INGREDIENTS

Della’s Basmati & Wild Rice, cooked as directed

Sweet Potatoes, peeled, chopped, and roasted

Beets, peeled, chopped, and roasted

Avocado, sliced

Black beans, warmed and seasoned

Brussels Sprouts, halved, and roasted

Pine Nuts, roasted

Salt and pepper, to taste

Tahini Dressing:

The juice of ½ lemon

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

¼ C Tahini

1 Tbsp White Balsamic (or just reg balsamic will do)

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook Della Basmati & Wild Rice as directed
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arranged chopped beets, sweet potatoes, pine nuts and brussles sprouts on a baking sheet and cook for about 30 min
  3. 10 min before the vegetables are ready, make the dressing and cook the beans. For dressing- add all ingredients and whisk until well blended and tahini is no longer clumpy. For the beans– add rinsed black beans to a saucepan. Season with salt + pepper (I also added smoked paprika). Cook until warm.
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the oven and start layering your bowl. First, add the rice, then veggies, then beans, sliced avocado, nuts, and finally drizzle your dressing on at the end. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

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Vietnamese Bahn Mi Rice Bowl with Della Light Brown Basmati

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Fresh, crunchy, salty, sweet, spicy: this Bhan Mi bowl has all the flavors and textures of your favorite Vietnamese sandwich in delicious rice bowl form! This recipe uses a quick pickling technique that really takes the bowl up a notch! Let’s get started…

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Bahn Mi Rice Bowl

INGREDIENTS:

Della Light Brown Basmati Rice

Pickled Red Onion (see below for quick pickle recipe)

Pickled Carrots

Radish, sliced

Cucumber, sliced

Jalapeno, sliced

Marinated Pork, pan fried and sliced (soy sauce+ garlic+ginger)

Garnish/Toppings:

Sriracha

Cilantro, chopped

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Quick Pickle Recipe:

This recipe makes pickling really easy and fast and can be used for just about any vegetable.

INGREDIENTS

1 C Water

1 C White Vinegar

2 tsp Salt

1 T Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Add all the ingredients above to a bowl, stir, allow salt and sugar to dissolve. Pour liquid into the jar with chopped vegetables (for this recipe I sliced red onion, and chopped matchstick carrots.) Add a pinch of any additional spices if desired (red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, mustard seeds, whole peppercorns). Seal and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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DIRECTIONS:

1. The night before: quick pickle your red onions and carrots and refrigerate overnight, see recipe above

2. Cook Della Light Brown Basmati rice as directed.

3. Grill or pan fry pork for about 5 min per side while rice is cooking.

4. Next chop your veggies, radish, cucumber and jalapeno.

5. Next create your rice bowl– The base of the bowl is Yoga Light Brown Organic Rice. Next, add pickled carrots and onions, radish, cucumber, jalapeno and top with pork. Garnish with sriracha sauce and some chopped cilantro. It’s a Bahn Mi sandwich in a bowl!IMG_1141Bahn Mi Rice Bowl

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Date-Night Worthy Seafood Risotto from ‘Stirmaker’ Andrew

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Risotto is quickly becoming one of my favorite dishes to make. It makes a laid back night at home feel a little more special (even if your plans after involve Netflix + chill ;). For this risotto recipe I decided to add shrimp and scallops, fresh herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. The seafood is such a delicious accompaniment to the buttery, rich risotto. Don’t be afraid of the clam sauce! It just adds depth of flavor and isn’t to be missed! This risotto is most definitely fit for a date night, so light the candles, dim the lights, grab the wine, and enjoy!

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Seafood Risotto

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 8-ounce bottles clam juice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups Della Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp
  • 1/2 pound fresh scallops
  • 3/4 pound bay scallops
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine 2 1/2 cups water and bottled clam juice in medium saucepan. Bring to simmer. Keep warm over low heat.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; sauté until light golden, about 4 minutes. Add rice; sauté 2 minutes. Add wine; stir until liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add juice of 2 lemons; cook until liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes

3. Add 1 cup clam juice mixture to rice. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring often. Continue adding clam juice mixture by 1/2 cupfuls until rice is tender but still slightly firm in center and mixture is creamy, simmering until liquid is absorbed before each addition and stirring often, about 25 minutes. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, scallops and garlic and sauté until shrimp and scallops are opaque in center, about 6 minutes. Mix seafood into rice. Cook 3 minutes longer. Add Parm and Remove risotto from heat.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl. Stir in chopped parsley and serve.

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