did everyone have a nice fourth of july? i realize it may have just been a tuesday, depending on where you live, but hopefully it was a pleasant tuesday. i spent the days leading up to the fourth getting ready to cater a family party on monday the third, so the fourth itself was a day of cleanup and rest. plus fireworks. and even those were restful because we live in the best place ever (read: has just the right population density).
so, more to come soon on what i learned from cooking for a crowd, but for now, cardamom chicken and rice with mango and green beans. alternative title: can-i-pair-cardamom-with-something-healthier-than-butter-and-sugar-so-that-i-can-eat-it-more-often-because-yuuum. but that seems like kind of a long title, so we’ll stick with (the not much shorter) cardamom chicken and rice with mango and green beans.
just in case that alternative title didn’t give it away, this recipe was intended from the very start as a vehicle for eating more cardamom. because i love it. and it’s delicious. and so far i’ve only paired it with sugar. which is also delicious, but not something that i feel great about eating for dinner (often).
so i started with cardamom, and then figured i might need to add another ingredient or two, just to really make it a complete meal, rather than a bowl of ground spice. borrowing from indian food, i picked chicken for the protein and rice for some substance.
then i started playing around and thinking about what other flavors and textures would be welcome. slivered almonds (toasted) for crunch (and flavor). mango for yum. green beans for green, or “a gesture towards vegetables” as one of my favorite humans adroitly put it, referring to something she had cooked for dinner. then some raisins, garlic, and orange zest for additional layers of yum.
this cardamom chicken and rice with mango and green beans was one of those beautiful miracles where i basically made the whole thing up out of nothing (/all the various and assorted recipes i’ve ever read that have lodged in my subconscious) and it worked on the first try!
which is good, because it means that now i have at least one layer of defense when i’m craving cardamom but don’t think that a huge bowl of granola is actually a dinner that will make me feel good, delicious though it may be…
did you make this recipe? i’d love to know what you think of it! leave a comment below and share a picture on instagram with the hashtag #tastyseasons.
what else we’re eating:
um, thai takeout? see above re: catering for 35 people… if you have the energy to cook dinner for yourself, 1) bravo! and 2) here are some thai noodles that are tasty (and more work than a phone call). we’ll be back on track soon with more interesting things to share here… especially since i froze the rest of the leftover grilled mojito chicken that was part of the catering so we won’t be having yet another version of it for the *fourth* night in a row tonight… (chicken nachos anyone?)