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Beet Orzo Risotto

Beet Orzo Risotto | The Full-time Foodie

There are some vegetables I have made peace with never loving, like eggplant or sweet potatoes.   Beets were also part of this group, until very recently.  They always seemed a bit too (naturally) sugary for me.  Growing up, my mom used to make beets Indian style- sauteed with Indian spices, chili peppers and salt.  I just could not get myself to enjoy that and trust me I TRIED but the sweetness just got in the way.  Beets have amazing health benefits so I was a little bummed that I couldn’t get myself to love them. Thankfully I got into a morning smoothie regimen since last year and through that beets made a comeback.  They are amazing in smoothies!  Which makes sense since they have a little sweetness and go perfectly well with fruits.  But there are times when I have too many beets and mostly the kind that have beet greens attached to them.  So I thought- what else can I make with them that I won’t hate?  Thanks to a leftover box of orzo pasta, I had a brain wave: Why not make a faux …

Mustard Glazed Lamb Rack

Mustard Glazed Lamb Rack | The Full-time Foodie

A word of caution: Today’s post may not be suitable for those who cringe at the sight of meat or those who have drooling tendencies from reading about delectable lamb dishes- extreme salivating has been a reported symptom of posts like this one.  You have been warned! Sorry I couldn’t resist the intro!  Lamb is one of those meats that is kind of a treat in our household i.e. we probably have lamb once a month or even less than that.   It’s mostly because I’m cautious about how much red meat I eat and honestly it’s more enjoyable that way because it’s something we save for the occasional splurge.  I don’t know why but when I eat lamb- I feel fancy.  I’m serious!  Doesn’t a plate of lamb chops or lamb lollipops just scream “fancy” to you?  I would feel guilty eating lamb chops on the couch by our coffee table like a slob a.k.a. a regular dinner night at the Mehtas.  If we have lamb I make sure we sit at the dining table, get the nice …

Dalithoy (Konkani Yellow Dal)

Dalithoy | The Full-time Foodie

I’m not going to lie to you, this was not my intended recipe for the post after Valentine’s day.  I had an elaborate plan to share a sinfully delicious yet guilt-free version of churros with melted chocolate.  The guilt-free aspect being baked vs. fried and whole-wheat vs. all-purpose flour.  But the churros ended up tasting more like dinner rolls and lets face it, dinner rolls with melted chocolate is not really a sinful dessert… it’s not dessert at all.  Sigh.  I still have a long ways to go with dessert skills, but I hope to be able to share some successful recipes in the coming weeks/months.  I also wanted to note that my sweet husband still ate the failed churros. He’s a keeper So today I’m going in a completely different direction and sharing one of the most staple recipes in the Konkani world- Dalithoy.  My Konkani peers, no matter how much they associate themselves with our culture or know the language, certainly recognize Dalithoy.  I swear if there was a Konkani flag of some sort, a picture/illustration of …