Sorry about the ghastly title, that was G's name for last night's dinner. No one died, despite the alarming rate at which you'll want to shovel this meal in.
G really is great about thinking up dishes. He sketches out the blueprints and I do the rest. But even when it's me who does all the actual cooking, he's good about reading in the kitchen to keep me company, occasionally looking up to tell me what I'm doing wrong. It's hard to yield to him sometimes because I am very stubborn and have my own controlling ideas of how food should be but at this point I just go with it because dude knows what's up.
Artichoke to Death, serves 4 generously
1/2 c. brown rice cooked w/ 1 cup water
1/2 c. orzo cooked w/ 1 cup water
1 head broccoli, chopped
1.5 cans of artichoke hearts (in water) - about 8 or 9 hearts, halved
1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsps nutritional yeast
~1 TBS tahini
1 TBS lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1 TBS water, more as necessary
3 tsp dijon mustard
1 TBS capers, rinsed and chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
First prepare the sauce: In a jar (I used the last of my tahini) combine tahini, lemon juice, and water. Stir until it thickens. Add more water if you would like a thinner sauce (tahini thickens as it sits anyway). Add mustard, capers, and garlic. Stir well and add balsamic. Adjust whatever if necessary - I didn't measure exactly, so, do what thou wilt!
And the actual meal:
- Cook the rice in lightly salted water, set aside
- Cook the orzo in lightly salted water, drain, add to rice. Add in turmeric, nutritional yeast, and black pepper. Mix and let sit.
- In a large skillet, heat chopped broccoli. Add a TBS of water if needed to keep from sticking. When it begins to soften (after about 5 minutes) add chickpeas. Stir in pan to cook evenly. As the chickpeas begin to crisp and the broccoli darkens, add artichoke halves. Keep stirring to keep from burning. I like a little crispiness, so the broccoli browns a bit and that's fine.
- Lastly, add in the rice and heat everything through.
Plate, top with sauce and eat!
This made both G and I very happy. It was really filling and very tasty without any added oil. Plus it included veggies, a grain, and a protein. I ate leftovers for lunch over spinach and threw in a couple cherry tomatoes.