I made this on a day when my afternoon headache was extra brutal. So brutal, in fact, that it manifested itself into an awful stomachache. I don't know what made me think it was a good idea to mess around in the kitchen, but I'm so glad I did. These noodles were divine, and provided several leftovers meals. I've always loved similar dishes to this. This, to me, is chick food at its finest - right alongside cheese and crackers. A note. This recipe should be followed to a tee. If you're smart, you'll add in each ingredient in the same exact order as she does. If you're Teddi, you'll toss it together haphazardly, taste it, and realize it's off. Dump and repeat. I got it right on the second try! Regardless. Lesson learned and I can't wait to make this again.
Veggie "Fried" Brown Rice
There's no real recipe here. I make it up as I go along. Kitchen guru BHB taught me that exact measurements are for baking, not for cooking, and I've really taken that lesson to heart. The first thing I do is make the brown rice. If I'm feeling very lazy, it's the 90 second microwave kind. If I'm feeling slightly lazy, it's the 10 minute boil-a-bag kind. And if I'm feeling less lazy then that, even bordering on ambitious, I make a different meal altogether. Because this meal is not for those in search of a challenge. I'm going to reserve it as a "no-brainier". I set the rice aside, put on my ski goggles, and chop an onion. About halfway in I get disgruntled and lose my patience for chopping neatly and I just hack at that thing. I throw about half of the onion into a large pan and heat it up. The other half of the onion is on the floor, the counter, and in the trash can. C'est la vie. Take ski goggles off. Toss some soy sauce in the pan. Add mushrooms. Add more soy sauce. Add brown rice. Throw baby carrots in the food processor, chop them up, and add them in. Heat up frozen peas in the microwave and throw those in. Lastly, I scramble up an egg or two in a separate pan and throw that on top. More soy for good measure, sesame seeds if I remember, and some teriyaki glaze to add a little sweetness. I know what you're thinking. "This girl should be a recipe blogger!" Hey, I'm no Benihana but this is a good meal in my book for three reasons: a) it's yummy; b) it's a great way for me to get a hefty serving of veggies; and c) it's meatless. I am always searching for meatless recipes in an effort to do it one day a week. (But it's never Monday. I always end up eating a turkey sandwich for lunch on Monday and then thinking "damn!". Someday, girl. Keep on truckin'.) Try it. Let me know what you think.
Good God, I'm so tired that I actually typed "Iowa Eats Girl" on my first attempt. Now there's a scary sight! I was excited to make this and so pleased with the results. It couldn't have been easier. Next time I'll serve it with more exciting side, but what can I say? My boy and I love a classic caesar. Delicious, simple, and low-calorie... This was a winner. (...winner, chicken dinner...) Okay, your favorite recent experiments in the kitchen. Go!