As it’s a new year, Cauli and I are trying to eat better. It’s so easy to wind up with a frozen meal on a hectic weeknight. Or worse, ordering pizza or picking up Taco Bell (our guilty pleasure).
One of the best healthy blogs out there is Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks. She uses whole grains, fresh vegetables, and lots of flavor. What I like best is that she doesn’t focus on being low fat; rather, she attempts to use fresh ingredients for a tasty and healthy meal.
Her seaweed risotto is a healthy take on a traditional risotto. In my version, I omitted the seaweed, used toasted almond slivers and creme fraiche instead of walnuts and mascarpone, and kale instead of spinach.
We were both very happy with the result. The barley was a little chewy and the Parmesan and creme fraiche gave it a light creaminess. I especially loved how the lemon zest brightened up the dish. The recipe makes quite a bit (and the barley is very filling), so there are plenty of leftovers.