Monday, January 23, 2012

Fried Rice with Tofu, Edamame & Red Pepper

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I've been a little overwhelmed with life lately and it's completely possible that I have been eating my feelings.  For the most part we eat pretty healthy around here, but when I'm feeling stressed or worried I'm guilty of eating comfort foods.  Zach and I watched this movie the other day and it wasn't until then that I realized how off track I've gotten.  I know, I write a food blog so I should know... maybe I didn't want to see it.  Forks Over Knives totally made me want to become a vegan and start training for a triathlon, LOL.  If your looking for some inspiration to start eating better I highly recommend watching it.  Thanks mom for the recommendation!!  (BTW - I could never give up cheese!!)
I'm really busy these days, so I don't have as much time to cook as I would like.  The hardest part about making this is cooking the rice and chopping the veggies.  That's it.  This is an Ellie Krieger recipe, minus the eggs.  (Did I mention the brainwashing movie we just watched??)  I'm not giving up dairy and eggs all together, just trying it out for a few days to see if I magically feel any healthier.  I'll let you know how it goes...

  adapted from this recipe by Ellie Krieger


Ingredients:

1 TBSP canola oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
1 TBSP peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 red bell pepper, seeded and freshly diced
1 cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package and drained
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
6 oz firm tofu, patted dry and cut into 1/4" cubes 
2 TBSP low-sodium soy sauce (I ran out... that's why I only used 2TBSP...)

Directions:

Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat.  Add garlic, scallions and ginger and cook about 1 - 2 minutes, stirring often.  Add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring often, until heated through, (about 5 minutes). 
I *love* Trader Joe's extra firm tofu!!  I place it between paper towels and place my iron skillet on top to drain the liquid out.  Is that crazy??
I ran out of soy sauce when making this but it tasted great with only 2 TBSP!  I hate it when I run out of something when I'm in the middle of cooking!!
I loved this fried rice!!  Zach, the big time carnivore, loved it too and went back for seconds.  While eating his second bowl he let me know that he could eat "stuff like this" all the time if it tasted this good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your going to talk me into that
tofu stuff one of these days
MOM

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