February 3, 2010

Groundhog Day All Over Again

Since I didn't have time for a proper post last night, I thought I'd go with the current bandwagon of reposting last year's February 2 post in honor of the Groundhog Day movie (in which Bill Murray relives February 2 over and over again, if you recall. ...And recall, and recall...)

I figured I'd be in for a shock as to how much my eating habits and/or blogging style had changed in a year, but you know what? This is still a pretty good recipe! Especially for times when you're low on groceries/high on leftovers. Enjoy! (And please excuse the hasty formatting...)

Goddess Fried Rice

Keeping with my lazy healthy theme today, I decided to whip up an original creation using only things I had in my freezer already. The result? Goddess Fried Rice. And boy howdy, it was tasty.This can be done more or less with whatever veggies you prefer, but the following is what went into the pan as seen in the picture above:

1.5 cups cooked plain Kashi Pilaf (or whatever grain you'd rather use - brown rice/quinoa/spelt...)
2 cups frozen carrot slices
3/4 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 cup frozen bell pepper slices
3 tbsp Annie's Naturals Organic Goddess dressing
4-5 slices ginger (fresh or jarred, but not pickled)
1 tbsp dried cilantro
a couple shakes of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
juice from 1/8 of a lime

Directions are simple.
Steam the carrots and edamame until cooked through.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet or wok to medium-high with the dressing and ginger.
Add grains and peppers, stir to combine. Add cilantro and red pepper flakes.
Turn heat to high, add carrots and edamame and stir-fry until well-combined and sizzling.
Add soy sauce and squeeze lime slice into pan, then drop the slice in. Continue stirring.
Serve into bowls and top with sesame seeds (mine are green with wasabi flavor) and a few basil leaves, if desired.

The above quantities yield 3 generous servings. Whoever gets the lime slice has to do the dishes. :)

That is my usual seltzer with lime in the background, but I was feeling extra fancy so I put it in one of our underused champagne flutes with a splash of red wine. Yee haw!In my rush to get back to Gossip Girl before the commercials ended, I took a very hasty picture of dessert and didn't realize it came out all wonky until I'd already eaten it. Oops. Hard to tell, but that's a 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1 tbsp TJ's sipping chocolate dry mix stirred in, topped with carob chips, coconut and a fluff of whipped cream.

So much for the artsy dessert photo. Any Gossip Girl fans out there? That Miss Carr is a sly fox, she is. She can go straight to Hades, if you ask me.


chrystad72 said...

dessert looks awesome!! I so havent seen gossip girl. I gotta get on that. I keep hearing all about that. That and Jersey Shore. Lol. Your goddess fried rice sounds amazing. I love the edamame in it as well as the ginger slices. Yum! I bet thats an awesome combo. I havent seen Groundhog's day in forever! ahha. That made me laugh. Its been awhile. Anyways girl I hope you are having one fabulous day!!

Mo Diva said...

dude, i drooled a lil at that rice! it looks so good!

Feeenin for the edamame!
nom nom nom

Christine said...

Cool post, the dessert looks great. I've tried and just cannot get into Gossip Girl.

Gabriela said...

Haha, I love the Gossip Girl throwback. Such a great show! I can't believe it won't be back until March this year :( Everyone's been mentioning Groundhog Day recently, but I've actually never seen it!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

When I read "groundhog day all over again" all I could think of was the film with Bill Murray. LOL! Oh no!!

As usual your food looks wonderful. =)

Nutritious Foodie said...

Great looking dinner.

Jenny said...

whoa whoa whoa -- are you telling me that gossip girl started up again?! I'm seriously about to cry. How many seasons have I missed?! I may have some serious hulu-ing to do!

Anonymous said...

haha brilliant idea to repost your feb 2 from last year, i never would have thought of that! happy groundhog day to you too (belated anyway)

sophia said...

Wow, love that you fried that pilaf in Green Goddess dressing. sounds amazing!!