woah now romanesco!

i have never seen a crazier looking vegetable than this one. so i ignored romanesco for awhile, i dismissed it as a veggie trend with all of it’s neon coloring and psychedelic shapes- too fancy for this girl. but yesterday, i broke. i bought a head. it was sitting next to some purple cabbage and i had some oprah aha moment where i pictured it mixed into a stir fry all colorful-like.  and i knew, we’re going to be friends, this bizarre vegetable and I.  and so we are. it’s delicious, and funky and has a great texture. i’m a fan, romanesco, i’ll stick with you even when neon isn’t cool anymore.

the what:

1 head of romanesco broccoli, chopped

1 cup (dry) forbidden rice

1/2 of medium/large purple cabbage, sliced

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 tablespoons of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 

1 tablespoon of dark toasted sesame oil

3 tablespoons shoyu (or substitute a little less soy sauce)

juice of one lime

2 green onions, sliced for garnish

siracha (optional)

the how:

prepare forbidden rice (i rinse thoroughly and then cook 1 cup of dry rice with 1 1/2 cups of water in our rice cooker).  this can be done in advance or be cooking while you’re prepping the veggies.

heat sesame oil in a wok over medium heat. add onion, ginger and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes minutes. the onion should be softening.

add romanesco broccoli, one tablespoon of shoyu and the juice of 1/2 of the lime. mix it all up, cover and cook for 2 more minutes.

add cabbage, one tablespoon of shoyu and second half of lime. cook until the cabbage and romanesco are to your liking (I prefer a little crunch, but cook longer if you like a softer stir fry). When veggies are almost to your preference, add forbidden rice and one final tablespoon of shoyu (taste first and omit if you prefer it with less shoyu).  I also add a few squeezes of siracha for some heat!

garnish with green onions. serve to amazed friends and family & enjoy!

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  1. Alexa|

    What I can't get over is the color! It looks like art. I may have to be adventurous like you and give it a try!

  2. Cal|

    I am going to have to try this vegetable out! The recipe sounds great with the forbidden rice Thanks so sharing.

  3. victoria | vmac+cheese|

    There's something about the fact that romanesco has been paired with forbidden rice in this dish that makes the whole thing just feel a little naughty…but in the best way possible!

  4. Jenna|

    I just came across your blog via pinterest earlier this morning, absolutely love your photographs they are beautiful! Well, I can kiss goodbye a productive Friday morning!

  5. Kayleigh|

    This looks delicious, you're so creative!! Where are your plates from? They're beautiful.