Sometimes I make meals up on accident. I’ll start out with a recipe in mind [like this one from Eat Live Run], and end up with something completely different.
My first recipe changer was at the Whole Foods bulk bin when I decided I hadn’t had farro in a while and decided for that instead of quinoa. They’re both good, but I ultimately enjoy farro more. It has the same nutty flavor as quinoa but is more chewy. I dig it.
I also decided I hadn’t had goat cheese in a while and would be a totally awesome substitute for mozzarella and completely omitted bread crumbs so I didn’t have to buy them. Then, I just got lazy and didn’t pre-cook any of the vegetables. I usually never do. Once they’ve been in the oven for 30 minutes they’re plenty tender- trust me. [this also applies to lasagnas- they’re already tedious enough, no need to sauté the veggies and then bake them for an hour].
I threw on some garlic chili sauce as a condiment [basically the same as sriracha sauce] and it was perfection. Feel free to add in any specific vegetables of choice or whatever you have on hand- the recipe is really versatile….obviously.
Here’s a song to start your week off strong: