Mushroom risotto with garlic and thyme.
(photo credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)
As the summer days begin getting hotter and hotter, we want to spend less and less time stuck in the kitchen. Sometimes we prepare a side dish that can actually be used as the main course as long as it includes some protein and is filling. Many grains, legumes and pastas fulfill these criteria and perfectly fit this role. By adding proper seasoning and some fresh vegetables and herbs, you can end up with some incredibly healthy dishes. Each grain and legume has its own way to be cooked. It’s important not to over- or undercook them, which will make them inedible.