We’ve had some sun and warmth, albeit fleeting, here lately in the Pacific Northwest. And while it isn’t really warm enough yet to ditch the socks and shoes I’ve been cooking differently. Against all the weather odds the farmers markets have beautiful produce and we’re eating asparagus and radishes several times a week. Below is a quick review of some of my favorites from the last 10 days.
I blogged about this dish last spring and had to make another mention of it. It’s not like risotto in that you don’t slowly add stock and stir as it cooks. In all other ways (excepting the grain itself) it is like risotto. It takes about 18 minute start to finish and is one of the most satisfying one-dish meals I’ve had in a while. The quinoa is added to sautéed onions and a bit of diced bacon, then hot broth is added–cover the whole thing and cook for 10 minutes then spread the asparagus on top and cover again for a few minutes until tender. Then mix some grated parmesan and butter into the whole thing and voila!
I make so many variations of this sort of meal. Roast or blanch or boil whatever veggies you have. Add some good canned tuna and drizzle the lot with salsa verde.
I guess this is the protein heavy version with home-cooked pinto beans, my favorite Oregon Albacore (from Stonewall Banks Seafood), hard-boiled eggs, greens and cilantro yogurt sauce.
All of these meals were fairly quick, last-minute kind of meals and if you already have cooked beans and/or eggs all you have to do is make your sauce, dressing of choice or cook the quinoa and you’re set.
As much as I love to cook, this time of year I’d rather spend more time in the garden or have a beer at the neighbors watching all the kids in the neighborhood chase each other down the slide in the early evening sun!
2 thoughts on “Spring Meals”
Jennifer Belknap says:
I am a CSA farmer in Rochester, WA and just stumbled upon your website/blog. I have a feeling I will be visiting this site often. So many good recipes!
Thanks for creating this.
Thanks for visiting! And check out the page about how to sign up for your CSA so your subscribers can get get access to all the recipes in the Seasonal Recipe Collection. I’ve just shorted working with another CSA in Rochester, Mud Creek Farm.