Paella has always been a dish that I looked forward to ordering in restaurants. I thought it was an impossible dish to master at home. Recently, I discovered that it is really not all that difficult! The key to making a paella dish at home is to use a good cast iron skillet and high quality saffron.
The first batch of saffron I used, my parents brought me back from Barcelona. Have no fear, that definitely is not necessary! I ended up buying the saffron on Amazon that had the highest ratings, and it performed really well in the recipe. For the cast iron skillet, you can also get those on Amazon. Here is the link for the skillet I use. Here is the link to the saffron I purchased.
The rice that I used in this recipe is from Right Rice. You can purchase the original flavor here or at your local Kroger store! The rice is made from a base of legumes like chickpeas, lentils, etc. and is a really filling option. If you are looking to make this paella with regular rice, you definitely can! Unfortunately, I have not tested the exact measurements for how much rice you would need. There is about a cup and a half of cooked rice that comes out of the bag from Right Rice, and you could totally play around with the seasonings provided.
Has anyone else experienced a rut with chicken? This happens to me all the time. This protein has the tendency to be overcooked easily, and I am not a fan of dried out chicken. Enter my new favorite chicken product, chicken thighs. They are packed with flavor, healthy fats, and are a lot more satisfying to me than chicken breasts. Incorporating the thighs into my diet always help me get me back on the chicken loving train.
Chicken thighs are great on their own cooked with olive oil and minimal spices. You probably know I have been obsessing over all of the Asian-inspired recipes lately if you follow me on Instagram. It was only a matter of time before I came up with an Asian marinade! The chicken thighs are baked in the oven which makes for quick and easy clean up. The baking method also helps make the chicken thighs extremely crispy.
The flavor of the miso and the ginger comes from the Ginger Bou Miso Broth cubes. All of their broth cubes are great for cooking soups, stews, and so on. You can make sauces or pastes with them, which is how I created this recipe. You’ll need 1/4 cup of hot water to dissolve the cubes in. The mix will turn into a delicious, thick miso paste after mixing the water thoroughly. This paste is complimented by sesame oil, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, rice wine vinegar and date syrup. It makes a delicious chicken thigh marinade.
1/4tspred pepper flakescan add more if you like it spicier!
Dissolve and mix the Bou Miso Ginger cubes into 1/4 cup of hot water. Make sure everything is combined and that there are no clumps. It should resemble a sauce or paste.
In a bowl, mix together the miso and water sauce combination, the soy sauce, the sesame oil, salt, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar and date syrup.
Put the chicken in a container or bag to marinade in the sauce. Make sure the sauce covers all of the pieces of chicken.
Marinate the chicken in the sauce overnight in the refrigerator. If you do not have enough time, you can marinate in the refrigerator for an hour, but I do not recommend doing it for much shorter.
When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 425F.
Place your chicken on an oven rack stacked on top of your oven-safe pan. The oven rack will help the chicken get crispier.
Top the chicken thoroughly with sesame seeds.
Bake the chicken for 22 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 22 minutes.
Top the chicken with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Taste great over rice or on its own!
The recipe suggest that you leave the chicken thighs marinating in the sauce overnight so that the chicken can truly pick up all of the flavors. If you don’t have enough time, you can marinade them for an hour in the fridge. I do not recommend going much shorter than that. Once they are done, I love topping them with more sesame seeds and lots of chopped green onion!
Lastly, let me know if you decide to make the Miso Ginger chicken thighs and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! If you remake them on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy!
When I first started eating “healthy”, nutritional labels ruled me. In my head, pestos were a no go being that it had over twenty plus grams of fat. This is definitely a longer story that has a happy ending which I will save it for a blog post of its own. I ended up teaching myself all about nutrition, the important of ingredients, and the significance of healthy fats in our bodies. It was not something I learned over night, but I am so relieved I am at the point I am at today. I value ingredients and food quality, not numbers. Personally, my body now thrives off of all the healthy fats. This vegan pesto is one of my favorite ways to incorporate them.
If pesto was a food group, it would definitely be my favorite one. I am obsessed with the fresh flavor it adds to a variety dishes. The ingredients come together so well and truly add a whole extra layer of flavor. It is an extremely versatile sauce and can be made using many different ingredients. Noodles are my favorite vehicle to enjoy them on, but it is also great cooked on top of salmon.
I love to experiment with different pesto recipes while using nutritional yeast as a replacement for cheese, making it a dairy free pesto. This version of vegan pesto is nut free, as it uses Bob’s Red Mill’s pumpkin seeds. Many arugula based pesto recipes use the arugula as a replacement for basil, but I love the combination of the two. Basil is one of my favorite herbs, so I definitely did not want to eliminate it here.
Keyword: Arugula, Pasta, Pesto, Vegan, Vegan Pasta
1/4cuppumpkin seedsI use Bob’s Red Mill
1/2tspHimalayan pink salt
Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency. You can add less water if you like it thicker and more creamy.
You can enjoy on pastas, on your eggs, on toast, etc!
Let me know if you decide to make the vegan pesto and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below if you add anything, as I would love to hear how it turns out for you. If you remake it on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy 🙂
Lately, I’ve been obsessing over pasta salads. A lot of my day to day is spent on the go, so I am all about healthy lunch ideas that are easy to transport. I don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen when it comes to meal prep, and this recipe could not be easier to whip together. Pasta salads don’t require any additional heating when consuming and they are extremely versatile when it comes to ingredients. They pack in a ton of protein, which is always a plus for me. Mediterranean salads are my absolute favorite, so I thought I’d make them more enticing by adding noodles to the mix! This Greek Pasta is delicious when made with legume-based pasta, which keeps you fuller longer than regular pastas. What’s not to love?!
The olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes come together with the oil and spices to make a delicious, Greek inspired meal. I love to add a lot of arugula to the mix as well. It is my favorite green and adds a really nice flavoring. Being that I have a dairy intolerance, I have not included cheese in this recipe. If you do not need a dairy free recipe, you can absolutely add in some feta! Additionally, some toppings that would be great in this Greek pasta salad include grilled chicken, shrimp, avocado, hemp seeds, etc.
Let me know if you decide to make the Greek pasta salad and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below if you add anything, as I would love to hear how it turns out for you. If you remake it on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy 🙂
Quinoa is one of my favorite grains; I love the texture and how versatile it is. My go-to recipe is a jam packed quinoa salad, but I thought it would be fun to switch it up and make some quinoa bites! These are great for on the go eating, for kids and adults alike, etc. They are delicious dipped in a bowl of marinara sauce, alongside more greens, and with lots of fresh basil on top. These are vegetarian, but you could definitely add pepperoni, chicken sausage, or your favorite meaty pizza toppings.
The bites were made with Nature’s Greens Kale Greens. Their pre-washed greens have been amazing to use in my recipes and beyond. I trust all of their products, being that there are no added preservatives or chemicals. They triple wash their greens, which I really appreciate! If you are local to Atlanta, I have found some of their products at Sprouts and Whole Foods. I have another recipe on my blog that I created with their delicious mustard greens; my Chicken Sausage Noodle Soup with Mustard Greens. Click here for the recipe!
In addition, I added olives and onions to the mix; my personal favorite pizza toppings. I used dairy free cheese, but regular cheese would work just as well. I have tested these with little blocks of Miyoko’s vegan mozzarella and they came out awesome. You can definitely get creative here by using your favorite toppings!
Lastly, let me know if you decide to make it and I would absolutely love to hear what you think! If you remake on Instagram, remember to tag me at @matcha_and_margs so I can send the love and support right back. Enjoy!