March has officially become one of the busiest months for me! I have something happening every single weekend this month. Let me prove it (because I know you’re all dying to know ;)…):
- March 2 – We celebrated our friends birthday last weekend, and had a night on the town. It was so great to catch up with everyone!
- March 9 – Attending a day conference for work (hooray developing skills!) and then in the evening I get to see Diana from Veggie Next Door!! She and her fiance (squee!) are visiting their friends in Ann Arbor and I’m so excited to see her again, and hopefully make some new friends!
- March 16 – I’ll be in the Chi for St. Patty’s weekend to visit the seester and my friends out there. Taking a nice long weekend from work to just kick back and have fun.
- March 23 – SHOOTING MY FIRST WEDDING! Can I even begin to tell you how excited I am to be doing this? One of my best friends and I have been asked to photograph the wedding of someone she knows, and she and I are over the moon about it. I’ve also already planned to assist another one of my amazing photographer friends with weddings she’s doing this spring and summer. Yay! It will be amazing experience and hopefully slowly get my feet into the whole biz ;)
- March 30 – GARBAGE! I have wanted to see Garbage live since I was in high school! Yes, I’m almost 30 and yes my friends and I will likely be the oldest people there. But then again, maybe we won’t. I’m sure there are still 30+-year-olds living in their 14-year-old bodies who are as excited as I am ;)
Another happy news announcement: I’m registered for my first 5K! I’m doing the Color Run in Ypsilanti May 11 so I’ve been hitting the gym to run until I reach the 3.1 mile mark. I can’t wait for it to get warm outside so I can do some running outdoors. I think anyone can agree that running outdoors > running on a treadmill indoors.
So yeah, March is going to go by fast I’m sure, and there’s so much more exciting stuff happening almost every weekend after, but I’m ready for all the fun! Plus I’ll get to cross off a handful of things on that lovely list I have going ;)
So to celebrate and live in the fun and also help prep my meals for the week, I decided to make risotto. Since it’s one of my favorite foods, it had to be done. The biggest difference this time was I used Israeli couscous instead of Arborio rice. I just used more couscous, and less stock and added a whole lotta veggies. In the end it tasted like the real deal but wasn’t as heavy. The great thing about risotto is you can add whatever you want to it and it probably won’t taste bad. For this one, I used carrot, zucchini, baby Bellas and asparagus spears. I could see all kinds of veggies going into this though: leeks, artichokes, roasted eggplant, peas, peppers.. have fun with it!
Hashtag dopeshow anyone?
Yeah, I said it.
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup carrot, diced
- 1 cup zucchini, diced
- 8 oz. Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
- 10 oz. frozen cut asparagus, thawed
- 1¼ cup Israeli (pearled) couscous
- ¾ cup dry white wine
- 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to a large pan over medium high heat until melted.
- Add the chopped zucchini, carrot and sliced mushrooms and cook until tender and softened, about 8-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add 3 cups vegetable stock to a saucepan and keep warm over low to medium heat.
- When the vegetables are done, remove from pan, set on plate and set aside.
- In the same pan, add the remaining oil and butter.
- Add the couscous and cook 2 minutes or until lightly toasted
- Add the white wine and cook 1-2 minutes or until alcohol is cooked out.
- Next add stock about ½ cup (or ladle) at a time, stir until absorbed. When the couscous has absorbed some of the stock, add another ½ cup.
- After 2 cups of stock have been added, pour the cooked vegetables back to the pan with the couscous. Continue ladling ½ cup until all the stock is gone.
- Add the thawed cut asparagus, cheese, salt and pepper and stir until all combined and the couscous is cooked.