Darlings, what the heck?
I thought Meatless Mondays was MY IDEA!!! A few weeks back, about the same time I initiated MY Meatless Mondays, Chef Mario Batali initiated a "Meatless Monday" at all of his restaurants and for the same reason as La Diva's.
Sign of the times?
Sign of the times?
Who knows? La Diva is just happy that such a high profile chef is "walkin' the walk" and not just "talkin' the talk!" You can read more about Batali's Meatless Mondays HERE.
Darlings, one of the things that I found that had a positive and notable impact on our daily diet was participating in the CSA or organic produce co-op. As I would pick up a lovely vegetable and fruit box weekly, La Diva found that I was leaning toward preparing more vegetables and vegetable-based dishes. This was a significant change as before, I would base the meal around the available protein I had in the fridge or freezer, and now meals were based around what came in the box!
Also, before the weekly produce boxes, I would not have thought to prepare a sauteed kale with lemon and roasted tomatoes as a bed for a nice piece of grilled fish, as it was more veggies to buy. But heck, I HAD to use those veggies up as they were already in my weekly box and come next Saturday, another box would find it's way to my home, full of possibilities. And to tell you the truth, as the vegetables were so fresh and sweet compared to what I was used to buying at the supermarket, I found that this transition was an easy one and a satiated DJ Nevah L8 (4 dinnah) was none the wiser.
This week's Meatless Monday dish is something I've been craving for a while:
Gourmet mushroom and asparagus risotto
To get a strong mushroom flavor, I made a broth with dried porcini and then added more mushroom stock concentrate and water as needed, about five cups all up. I blanched the asparagus and sauteed two packets of shitake, portobello and oyster mushrooms separately, to be added in at the last minute. To finish, I dropped a nice, healthy knob of organic butter and some freshly grated parmesan over the top and stirred it through.
RESULT: Hearty, earthy and delicious, this Meatless Monday dish is DJ Nevah L8 approved. I love risotto because it's so easy to make, is so filling and provides so many flavor options! As a main dish or simply as a side, risotto is a versatile and inexpensive dish perfect for feeding a crowd.
What are YOU making for Meatless Monday, darling? Do tell!
If you are looking for Miami cooking classes, then why not go "Around the World" with La Diva Cucina? Every Thursday for the month of June at Epicure Gourmet Market, I'll be teaching fabulous foodies and friends how to make exciting, easy and tasty dishes from around the globe (all paired with matching cocktails, natch!) Need more info, darling? CLICK HERE!