Crab Salad Rice Bowl

Crab Salad Rice Bowl
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Alone time is something I relish. I’m not a recluse by any stretch of the imagination. I enjoy socializing and I am not a complete homebody. But I do enjoy the opportunity to blast music and cook for myself and only myself. I love cooking for other people but preparing a meal exactly the way I like it without other people’s expectations or palettes weighing in is true self-care. Today’s Crab Salad Rice Bowl is the meal I make for myself when I am alone. Now, I’ve prettied it up a bit for the blog but don’t let its looks fool you. This recipe is so simple, you could make it in your sleep. 

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Herby Rice Salad with Blood Oranges

Herby Rice Salad with Blood Oranges
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Before we get too far into today’s recipe, I’m going to kick things off with a disclaimer. If you don’t like dill, you will not like this Herby Rice Salad. It’s hard to get away from the dill. The dill is pervasive. You can, of course, substitute the dill for another herb like chives or cilantro. But at that point, it’s kind of a whole other dish. What I’m trying to say is dill is central to this salad’s personality. So if you have beef with dill, feel free to peruse my extensive salad index instead. There are many alternatives there that are 100% dill-free. You can leave right now, I won’t be offended. Okay, now that it’s just us dill-lovers, let’s dig into this dreamboat of a salad. 

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Bangers and Butter Beans

Bangers and Butter Beans with Jammy Onions and Dill Pistou
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I have a small confession to make. I developed today’s recipe because I liked the way its name sounded. The phrase Bangers and Butter Beans randomly strolled into my mind one day and I fell for the sonic romance of it. It sounded like something a Roald Dahl character would tuck into. It’s funny, you never know what will set a recipe in motion.  I think most people would imagine a recipe’s name would be the final touch rather than the starting gun. And it is true, this is more an exception than a rule. Sometimes a recipe is born from a particular detail in a restaurant meal or a dish of little consequence featured in a movie or TV show. Sometimes it’s as simple as finding an abundance of one ingredient at your local grocery store. And let’s not forget the OG food muse – seasonality. 

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Crispy Rice Bowl with Sugar Snap Pea Slaw

Crispy Rice Bowl with Sugar Snap Pea Slaw
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January is bleak. I don’t know about you, but for me, this month is not about starting over. This is a month of survival. The light is returning, sure. But it hasn’t returned. Nine times out of ten it’s wet and cold outside. And you get the added confidence booster of wearing an egg-shaped parka whenever you leave the house. How can my best self possibly turn up in these conditions? So with that in mind, I bring you this low-maintenance but deeply satisfying Crispy Rice Bowl with Sugar Snap Pea Slaw and a Fried Egg. Because at the end of a long January day, all you need is an easy win and a hot meal and this is both. 

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