Vegetable Fried Rice

Behold, the five minute dinner!

1 cup leftover brown rice
2 carrots, chopped into tiny pieces
1 cup green peas
1 cup broccoli
1/2 TBL minced garlic
1/2 cup green onions, diced
1/2 tsp Braggs or light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp olive or other neutral cooking oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp white pepper

Prep all your vegetables then heat the olive oil in a pan (or the dutch oven that lives atop your stove). Saute the garlic for a minute, then add the carrots, peas, and broccoli. Cook until carrots are almost tender, then add the green onions, two soy sauces, sesame oil, pepper, and rice. Cook 2-3 minutes until everything is nice and hot.

Curried vegetables and rice

Spicy, sour, and so many vegetables!

 

Cook the 1 cup of rice with salt and a little Earth Balance. Allow to cool and fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, saute cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, add 2 cups diced tomatoes and 2 TBL white vinegar. Add 2 TBL curry, 1 TBL coriander, and 1 TBL cayenne. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.

Chop 4-5 cups vegetables of different colors: carrots, zucchini, squash, onions, radishes, broccoli, plus 1 cup lima beans and 1/2 cup raw cashews. Add the carrots and onions to the tomato sauce and cook about 5 minutes, until carrots are tender. Add other vegetables and stir well, cook on medium heat covered about 5 more minutes.

Stir in rice and cook 5 minutes uncovered. Serve with soy yogurt and fresh cilantro.

 

Mushrooms, beans, and kale served over rice and cauliflower

For the rice: 1 cup of rice and 1/4 head of caulifower, cooked with  3 green onions in the rice cooker with a dash of salt.

Saute 1 lb mushrooms in a dutch oven, DO NOT add oil. Cook until the mushrooms release some of their juices (about 1 TBL) and then remove mushrooms (leave liquid in the pan) and place them in a bowl. Cover mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and hot sauce (we use Cholula) and set aside. Mix together 1 cup water, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 TBL soy sauce, 1 tsp parsley, and 1/2 onion powder. Pour mixture in the dutch over and bring a boil. Drain most of the liquid from 2 cans of beans (we used white and pinto) and add to the dutch oven. Add 1 bunch of kale (dinosaur) and reduce heat to low, sprinkle with more black pepper. Cover pot and cook 10-15 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5-10 minutes uncovered. Serve over rice-cauliflower and top with more hot sauce.

Green curry with sprouted bean rice

For the rice: cook 1 cup rice with 1/2 cup fresh sprouted peas and lentils. We buy a mixture at the grocery store and usually eat them on salads, but it turns out they are great cooked, too.

For the curry: Toast in a dry pan 1 tsp cumin seeds and 3 TBL unsweetened coconut. Add the spices to a blender, and combine with 1 onion, 4 garlics, 1/2 cup cilantro, 2 TBL galangal (we bought this in a jar), 1 tsp 5-spice powder, 1 tsp cayenne, 2 TBL lemon juice, 1/4 cup vinegar, 12 Thai chilies, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp, and 1 tsp ketchup.  Set aside. Fry tofu with a little oil until browned. Add approximately 2/3 bag of frozen broccoli, 1/2 bag frozen peas, 3 chopped carrots, and 2 chopped celery stalks to to the tofu. Add the curry mixture and stir well. Add 1 can light coconut milk and cook on medium-low, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Do not boil, or over cook the sauce.

Serve with rice and steamed chard!

Curried rice with chickpeas

The title is sadly lacking in imagination, but the dish is full of flavor. It’s also a great quick meal to make when you are hungry.

Rice

1 3/4 cups dry rice, 1.5 TBL curry powder, 1/4 tsp salt,  1.5 TBL pine nuts, 2 cups water. Cook in a rice cooker, or on the stove. Allow to sit at least 10 minutes before fluffing.

Chickpeas

1 onion, finely chopped

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

2 TBL lemon juice

1 can chickpeas, drained

1 faux chicken bullion cube

3 large leaves swiss chard (stems included), chopped

1.5 TBL parsley

1 cup water

4 green onions, diced

For the garnish

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/2 orange, chopped

Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add other ingredients, except green onions. Cook covered about 10 minutes. Stir in green onions and simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Serve over curry rice and garnish with chopped tomatoes and oranges.  (We also had marinated olives on the side!)