Starting your dish with fresh stock is really easy. Place the vegetable peels, stems and shrimp shells in a pot with water and simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes. The stock offers a richness that water alone can't and you save the money you would spend on store bought stock.
This is a recipe that works better as you spice it up. The instructions are for a mild version, but if you like spicy food, add more red pepper flakes. For mild use 1/8 teaspoon and add 1/8 teaspoon for each degree of heat you like.
You can use chili oil for a more pervasive heat. Start with replacing 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil with a teaspoon of chili oil – and replace more if you like more heat.
I love red beans and rice and I love risotto. The former is a rich blend of rice, veggies and beans spiced just right. The latter is a subtle, creamy dish that cooks fast. This is the perfect blend of the two so you don't have to wait for Monday's all-day simmering to get your red beans.
Note that this doesn't contain added hot sauce. Take your bottle to the table with you and spice it up to your liking.
For those eating gluten free risotto can be a good choice when eating out. Chefs are more sensitive these days to diners who need to eat gluten free and I have had a few tell me that they have risotto in house even if it is not on the menu so it could be worth asking.
It can often be disappointing, however. Recently I was in a restaurant and ordered the risotto. It was done perfectly but there was far too much sausage - more meat than rice. This recipe is what I had hoped that dish to be. Great food is all about balance: the right amount of each ingredient so that each complements the other.
Back in 2012 I shared with you a study that showed that when preschoolers are presented with larger servings, they tend to eat more. On that occasion I pointed out that parents who were trying to get their children to eat more vegetables could make that work for them by serving larger portions of vegetables at mealtimes.
This can be a great strategy if you're serving those vegetables alongside age-appropriate servings of main courses. On the other hand, a team of researchers sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) and partially funded by both the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and Kraft Foods, Inc. has found a way that strategy might backfire (Am J Clin Nutr 2014;99:763-70).
They noted that the types of research into children's eating behaviors I mentioned above is performed in "tightly controlled laboratory studies." Reasonably, they wondered how that might play out in the home - and given that most dinner meals with preschoolers include at least one adult, did what the adult serve themselves have any relationship with what was served to the child or how much of it they ate? Parents' portions, kids' portions »
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