I love the spinach Goma-ae at my local Japanese restaurant and have just started trying to replicate their sesame dressing at home. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, but it’s still good. When I make Gomae-ae at home, I prefer to use steamed broccoli.
Japanese Sesame Dressing
My tweaks: I use sesame paste or plain tahini instead of grinding the sesame seeds myself. I add some roasted sesame seeds (whole) for texture.
Mashed Potatoes with Dandelion Greens and Gravy
This recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Dandelion Greens is from Mark Bittman’s column a few years ago. I still miss The Minimalist! I have started pairing it with a delicious chickpea gravy from Isa’s cookbook. It is fantastic and I would put it on anything including cardboard! You HAVE to try this recipe.
Green Mashed Potatoes
Silky Chickpea Gravy from Appetite for Reduction
My tweaks: For the potatoes, I use a lot less oil and add a little plain soymilk for creaminess. This time I used arugula and spinach instead of dandelion leaves. I omit the breadcrumbs and don’t bake. No tweaks to the gravy recipe.
Thai Basil Noodles
I garden in the summer and I grow lots and lots of basil. Last summer I got sick of Italian pesto and wanted other options to use up lots of basil at once. I found this recipe for a Thai style pesto. I made this recipe often throughout summer, then at the end of the year I harvested all my remaining basil and made batches to freeze. I’m still enjoying the pesto in April of the next year!
Easy Basil Noodles
My tweaks: I omit the fish sauce. I always lightly stir-fry some veggies to add more crunch. I use my julienne peeler to make strips of carrot, zucchini, celery, sweet peppers, etc. Sometimes I add tofu, this time I added edamame. I also switch up the pasta. Sometimes it’s rice noodles, this time I used quinoa noodles.
Oxo Good Grips Julienne Peeler
This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets – the Oxo Good Grips Julienne Peeler. I have terrible knife skills and lack the patience to properly julienne. This peeler is easy to use and creates uniform small strips that are perfect for stir fry, salads, etc.