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February, 2016:

Vegan Miso Sesame Broccoli

Vegan Miso Sesame Broccoli

I love miso, garlic, and broccoli, so this recipe is right up my alley!

Recipe Tips

Make your starch ahead of time or start it a bit before the broccoli, so you aren’t waiting on the noodles.

You may want to add more garlic and miso.

I am vegan, but you can add a fried egg for a little extra protein and flavor kick for your ovo-lacto guests.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound broccoli, floretes
  • 10 oz package udon noodles, prepared per package
  • 2 tablespoons red miso

Instructions

  1. Wash, remove stems and leaves from the broccoli, and cut down to florets.
  2. Peel, half, and slice 1 medium onion.
  3. Brown onions in non-stick pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil or more if not non-stick.
  4. After onions brown, add minced garlic under medium heat.
  5. Let the minced garlic brown on medium heat.
  6. Add 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon red miso to pan.
  7. Stir the miso until it is evenly distributed and coats the onions.
  8. Add 1/4 cup water and broccoli.
  9. Cook broccoli on medium heat until still a bit crunchy.
  10. Add sesame oil to finished broccoli and toss to evenly distribute.
  11. Serve on udon noodles, rice, or quinoa.

Almost done!

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Nearly finished

The completed dish

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Served over udon noodles

A non-vegan alternative

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Music you (maybe) have never heard: Fannypack

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The way we consumed music has changed

When I was in high school in the late 1980s and early 1990s CDs were changing the way people consumed music. The tape was dying and people my age had little to do with vinyl LPs. I and a group of my friends would go to the music store and each buy 3 or more CDs each week. Camelot music on the south side of Indianapolis was our go to spot for the selection, although the prices where pretty close to retail. We would then make tapes of the CDs for each other to check out. That, watching actual music videos on MTV (I miss you Yo! MTV Raps), and the radio were great ways to discover new music.

Times have changed and I now find new music from friends and recommendations on Spotify, a commercial music service. For about $10 a month you can listen to anything in their music library and even have offline content synced to your device. For a music junkie, this is a great way to listen to new music and test drive things before you go buy a CD, MP3, or LP.

Let’s explore how to use some of Spotify’s discovery features and soe artists I have found using it.

Fannypack

I really like acts like M.IA., Santigold, and The Go! Team

Spotify has the ability to browse and artists and then select related artists.

So start with something you love and you can make connections across the world of music to find little gems you may have missed.

It was using this related artists feature, that I discovered Fannypack.

The songs have some sexually graphic lyrics, but I tend to pay more attention the the beats and they are worth the listen alone. It is fun music. Good for a booty shaking party.

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