We have this little Korean deli across the street from work that makes bibimbap, and I crave it! Husband sent me this recipe and I was thrilled. And it was SO good. A lot of little steps, but really not difficult or time consuming. And the result was totally worth it.

bibimbap

Vegetarian Bibimbap
via crazy vegan kitchen

1½ cups cooked Medium-Grain White rice

1½ cups sliced Shiitake Mushrooms
2 tablespoons Tamari
2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Mirin

½ cup Julienned Carrot Strips
⅛ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Sesame Oil

2 cups Baby Spinach
⅛ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Sesame Oil

1 cup fresh Bean Sprouts
⅛ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Sesame Oil

½ cup Julienned Cucumber Strips

Gochujang Chilli Sauce: (or substitute Sriracha if needed)
2 tablespoons Gochujang
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Tamari
1½ teaspoons Rice Vinegar

To Serve:
Black and White Sesame Seeds

To prepare Shiitake mushrooms, place slices in a hot pan and add Tamari, Brown Sugar and Mirin. Cook on medium heat until mushrooms have wilted and absorbed seasoning. Set aside whilst preparing remaining vegetables.
To prepare your Julienned Carrot Strips, place in a hot pan with salt and sesame oil. Cook for 30 seconds or until lightly wilted. Immediately remove from pan and repeat this cooking process with the Bean Sprouts and Spinach.
To prepare Gochujang Chilli Sauce, whisk all ingredients in a bowl till smooth.
To serve, place a mound of warm cooked rice in the middle of a plate and arrange prepared Mushrooms, Carrot, Bean Sprouts, Spinach, Cucumber and Gochujang chilli sauce.
Garnish rice with black and white sesame seeds. Stir everything up and enjoy!

I love gumbo. But it can be a major undertaking! This slow cook version makes it so easy. And it is SO good. I highly recommend adding the roux at the end. It makes the sauce just right.

slow cook chicken and sausage gumbo

Slow Cook Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
via back to her roots

1 large onion, diced
2 large red bell peppers, diced
2 large stalks celery, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
12 ounces frozen or fresh okra, sliced into discs
1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 bay leaves
12 ounces andouille sausage, sliced into half moons
1-1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
3 cups water
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large slow cooker, add all ingredients. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 or until vegetables are mushy and stock is slightly thickened (it will still be thin; if you find it too thin, stir in a roux to thicken to preference). Serve with brown or white rice.

New Year… new style. I recently picked up a gorgeous statement necklace from Mirina Collections (above). It’s a little bolder than my usual style, but it’s absolutely gorgeous! I wore it with a simple black sweater and jeans. It completely transforms an outfit. It’s gorgeous! I’m excited to try this piece (the Ivy) with more looks. And here are a few more pieces that caught my eye:

mirina collections

Clockwise from top left: Erin / Olivia / Rita / Ivy

Use the code: ROCHELLE20 for 20% off anything on the site. xoxo!

It was time for a break from the soups and stews, for something a little lighter. Husband found this delicous recipe and it was very much enjoyed.

sesame chicken with toasted quinoa

Sesame Chicken Toasted Quinoa
adapted from how sweet eats

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
6 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Dressing
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

Heat a saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add chicken and cook through, about 5-10 mins per side. Remove and let cool. Shred or chop into small bites, set aside. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon of sesame and olive oil. Add in garlic and quinoa and stir to coat, then toast for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chicken stock and increase heat to high, bringing the quinoa to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking for 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa can be fluffed with a fork. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside. Add in chicken, green onions and dressing, tossing well to coat. Add in sesame seeds and toss once more. Serve!

My darling husband heard a podcast about foods that are great for your mind and immediately picked up a bag of fresh mussels. Never having cooked shellfish before, I was a bit nervous, but it turns out mussels are wonderfully easy and quick to cook! I love the rich broth; and the mussels turn out perfectly in just minutes. I’m hooked!

Steamed Mussels with Tomato & Garlic Broth
via food and wine

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped fine
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cups drained canned tomatoes in thick puree, chopped (from one 28-ounce can)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
Salt, if needed
Garlic Toast or Crusty Bread (optional)

In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, tomatoes, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard any mussels that have broken shells or that don’t clamp shut when tapped. Add the mussels to the pot. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 3 minutes. Remove the open mussels. Continue to boil, uncovering the pot as necessary to remove the mussels as soon as their shells open. Discard any that do not open. Stir the black pepper into the broth. Taste the broth and, if needed, add salt. Ladle the broth over the mussels and serve with the garlic toast or bread.