There’s nothing I hate more than a cold. This past week was pretty bad health-wise for those of us at the law school. It seemed like all of my friends were sick, and my friend Amanda and I got pretty bad colds. All of my Vitamin C consumption just couldn’t stave off the law school germs. It probably didn’t help that I’ve been staying up late doing work for the past week and a half, but what’s done is done. I’m just hoping that I’ve fulfilled my cold quota for the year and that the germs will now leave me alone. What can I say? I’m an optimist sometimes.
After a week of soup, soup, and more soup, I was really craving something hearty last night. I spotted this recipe for vegetarian burger a few days ago on Tastespotting and pinned it within seconds of reading the ingredient list. I love black beans. Black bean soup, black bean salad, black beans burritos. You name it, I will eat it. And I love veggie burgers. I’m always looking for more ways to get in my daily dose of protein, and this was just the ticket. It’s hearty and flavorful, and you can easily adapt it to what’s in your kitchen.
The original recipe calls for quinoa, but I am somehow completely out. So I substituted farro. While the grains normally take 35 to 45 minutes to cook, Trader Joe’s now makes a great ten-minute variety. I am actually obsessed. If you haven’t tried farro yet, you definitely should. It’s nutty and filling, and Oprah has classified it as a health food (so it must be true). All I know is that I feel great eating this whole-grain, and it doesn’t hurt that it tastes fantastic!
The other day I took a look at my bank account. We are at the “pre-student loan deposit” point, so it’s pretty depressing at the moment. This dismal sight, however, got me thinking. With my rent this year, I’ll probably have to shy away from some of the “fancier” dishes that I favor. So why not try and post some of my favorite “budget-friendly” meals?
Stir fry has always been one of my go-to foods. Actually, I think it’s a staple in most student kitchens. As long as you have some crisp vegetables, a solid sauce, some day old rice or some chow mein noodles, you can’t really go wrong. I personally opt for a sauce with a bit of a kick, though feel free to tone it down a bit. By my calculations, this meal totaled $7 and could easily serve four. That’s $1.75 per serving. That, I can afford.
So here’s to cutting back without sacrificing any flavor. Happy eating!
This week, I’m going on a bit of a world food kick. So let’s start with Spain, shall we? A few weeks ago, my friend Sam came to visit the District, and the two of us went back to one of her favorite tapas restaurants, Jaleo. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with D.C., Jose Andres is a big name around here. I’m not going to lie, I sort of majorly love him and his restaurants. He recently won the James Beard award and has a penchant for experimenting with traditional cuisine and ingredients. He’s a gastronomic genius. Needless to say, Sam and I both left Jaleo happy as clams (did I mention they have delicious sangria?), and, ever since, I’ve been thinking that I need to start cooking more Spanish food.
My friends Mary and Alex came over for dinner the other night, so I decided to try my hand at making paella. After scouring the internet for recipes and reading about different techniques, I came across a post on Gwyneth Paltrow’s site, GOOP. Apparently, the woman is not only fortunate enough to be married to the lead singer of Coldplay, but she also is friends with Jose Andres who just shows up and cooks her dinner. Jealous much? I know I am. Anyway, the beauty of this is that he was kind enough to share his recipe for paella. So, using that as my base and making a few alterations, I give you paella, Rosemary-style.