Risotto with Miso and Spring Vegetables
5 cups water
4 Tbsp miso paste (yellow or white is best)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 bunch asparagus, sliced on a diagonal into 1/2 inch long pieces
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 pinch sea salt and black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup arborio rice
Optional* 1/2 cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
8 oz snap peas, sliced on a diagonal
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (for serving)
To make the miso broth, in a medium saucepan, bring water to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, reduce heat to low to keep warm. While waiting for the water to simmer, add miso to a small mixing bowl and scoop out ~1 cup of water from the saucepan. Add to the miso and whisk/stir until mostly dissolved (this allows the miso to fully blend with the water and not clump). Add the miso mixture to the pot of simmering water and stir to dissolve the miso fully. This creates your miso broth.
Heat a large rimmed skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add the onion and asparagus and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until somewhat browned and caramelized. Add the mushrooms and sauté for ~2 minutes, or until tender. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Set aside for later.
Heat the same large skillet over medium-low heat. Add remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add arborio rice and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally to coat.
Optionally, add dry white wine (or vegetable broth) and stir gently. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
Using a ladle, add warmed miso broth to rice, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring almost constantly, giving the risotto little breaks to come back to a simmer. The heat should be medium, and there should always be a slight simmer. You want the mixture to be cooking but not boiling, or it will get gummy and cook too fast.
Continue to add miso broth, stirring to incorporate, until the rice is al dente — cooked through but still has a slight bite. You may not need all of the miso broth. This whole process should only take 15-20 minutes.
Once the rice is al dente, turn heat as low as possible and add in peas, along with the cooked asparagus and mushrooms from earlier (option to reserve a few for serving). Stir until well combined, testing a bite to ensure peas are warmed through.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding a pinch of salt and pepper, as well as parmesan cheese to taste.
To serve, divide between serving bowls, top with any remaining asparagus and mushrooms, and garnish with parmesan cheese.
Best when fresh, though leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat, adding vegetable broth or water as needed to rehydrate. Not freezer friendly.
Picture and recipe adapted from: https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-risotto-with-miso-and-spring-vegetables
Caesar Potato Salad with Sugar Snap Peas
1 pound fingerling potatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
8 oz trimmed sugar snap peas
1 bunch radishes, trimmed, sliced
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Parsley, mint, or basil to garnish
Steam potatoes on steamer rack set in large pot over boiling water until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add sugar snap peas and steam until peas are crisp-tender and potatoes are just tender, about 1 minute longer. Transfer vegetables to large bowl. Cool slightly. Add radishes and onion.
Whisk next 4 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Whisk in Parmesan. Season dressing with salt and generous amount of pepper. Add dressing to potato mixture; toss to coat. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/caesar-potato-salad-with-sugar-snap-peas
Strawberry Spinach Salad
2.5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
5 oz baby spinach (8 cups)
1.5 cups strawberries, cut lengthwise into thick slices
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted and cooled
Poppy seeds and feta cheese for garnish
Whisk together vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well.
Put spinach, strawberries, pecans, and feta in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat.
Garnish with poppy seeds and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spinach-salad-with-strawberry-vinaigrette-238931