Healthy Fried Rice! My ultimate comfort food. The take-OUT food I can make even when I want to (or more likely need to) stay IN. Today’s recipe is a soul-soothing, totally satisfying one-pan dish that you can make in less than 30 minutes. Add your protein of choice (chicken, shrimp, tofu, eggs, crushed peanuts, etc) into the mix and this vegetarian side dish just morphed itself into a main course.
Leftover brown rice and humble veggies freshened up with bright flavors like lemon, lime, sweet coconut nectar, coriander, and spicy chili garlic paste. All bound together to make a sweet-n-sour (n-mildly-spicy) sauce using my favorite pantry staple – powdered peanut butter.
Oh the magic and wonder of that peanut butter pantry staple. I can’t even describe how easy it makes things to have that gluten-free sauce thickener just waiting in the wings, ready to sprinkle on over hot noodles or oats or stir-fried chicken or this FRIED RICE situation.
Fried rice always comes through for me. At the end of a long day, it’s the hot meal I need when my world feels like a hot mess. Which if you couldn’t tell from my unplanned two-week hiatus from the blog, “hot mess” is a very apt descriptor for my life lately. There’s a lot happening. A lot of wonderful things, yes. You bet. But A LOT of things, nonetheless. I could go for an extra hour (or four) a day and that would be pretty darn great in my book.
Hopefully the knowledge that pumpkin season is just around the corner (and you know that I’ve got alllllllll kinds of holiday goods coming your way) will make up for me missing out on last week’s regularly scheduled post. I’m hoping to bribe you today with a comfort food dish. Imagine I’m sliding it across the table to you with those “please don’t be mad at me” kind of eyes. Fingers crossed this shameless tactic is working….