Tasty Tuesday: A Meatless Monday… But on Tuesday :P Herby Pan fried Rice with Chickpeas

So normally Meatless Monday is on Monday, but if we ever skip out on the beginning of the weak (since Mondays can be sort of tiring) We will be sure to post a Tasty Tuesday! Or a Mouth- Watering Wednesday, or a Thirsty Thursday! Or a Foodie Friday….. or a Scrumptious Saturday… or a Salivating Sunday…… or…. well we’ve gone full circle.. but they will always be strictly veg recipes and we’d like to challenge you to try and go veg one night of the week 🙂 

Anyways, This week we are going to introduce a recipe that I sort of put together on the spot one day, and decided to see if I could recreate. One of my favourite things about this recipe is that you don’t have to be precise at all! Pick and choose from the ingredients, pick and choose quantities, and just allow yourself to get creative 😉 

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Just don’t get TOO creative….. (be safe!)

Alright first things first…..

INGREDIENTS: 

  • rice– or quinoa or both
  • veggies- i just used orange pepper, you can use red, or yellow, or carrots, or all of the above, you can even add brocoli
  • 1 onion- i didn’t have any onions so I just didn’t bother with this
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • greens– arugula or baby kale or baby spinach (doesn’t have to be baby) 
  • fresh herbs– cilantro, basil, mint (or none or all of the above) 
  • 1 can of chickpeas 
  • 1 hand full of small raisins or currents 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • curry
  • turmeric
  • Lime juice 
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce (optional) 
  • paprika (optional)
  • seseme seeds (optional)

Time for the first step! 

Step#1: make the rice (or quinoa or whatever grain of your choosing) 

Make sure you add 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. and let it cook until the rice has absorbed all the water. (If you have a rice maker, use that!) Set your rice aside and move on. 

Our trustworthy rice maker
Our trustworthy rice maker

Step #2: Chop all the veggies 

For this step you might want to separate your veggies like peppers broccoli and all that jazz from the ginger garlic and onions, from the arugula and Herbs. I didn’t have any veggies other than orange pepper and I didn’t have an onion, so i cut the pepper and separated it from the ginger and garlic, and then washed all my greens 🙂 

Hot orange pepper! dammn
Hot orange pepper! dammn
Ginger and garlic. Brothers and sisters.
Ginger and garlic. Brothers and sisters.

Step#3: Sauté! 

Take this moment to sauté your ginger and garlic like me, and if you have it, include your onions, slowly add in your veggies, drained chickpeas (or with a little of the liquid from the can if you want it to be less dry) and spices (you can choose how many or few you put- i like to put 1 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp of cumin, and a little sprinkle of pepper and paprika to start.12178080_10153749088294662_2140567758_n

Gotta get things cookin'
Gotta get things cookin’
Chickpeas :O (don't worry, they're not chicken….. to go on the hot pan…hehehe..)
Chickpeas :O (don’t worry, they’re not chicken….. to go on the hot pan…hehehe..)

  

Step #4: Adding rice and greens

Now is the time where you get to add in the rice that you cooked gently into the pan. stir around carefully for a while and add any more spices you see fit as you go along! Once you’ve got a taste you like add in all those greens and mix carefully.

Hola rice!
Hola rice!
Getting all the goods together
Getting all the goods together
Welcome green revolution! (of sorts)
Welcome green revolution! (of sorts)
Lookin' fineee
Lookin’ fineee

Step #5: raisins and finishing touches! 

Now is the time you can throw in that handful of raisins or currents to give a bit of a sweet flair to your dish 🙂 I like to add a bit extra sesame seeds at this point too, along with some fresh lime juice to give it a bit more tangy moisture as well as 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce which can also help eas the dryness. 

Raisins are so cute.. they are grapes who wanted a sun bathe…. oh silly former grapes..
Raisins are so cute.. they are grapes who wanted a sun bathe…. oh silly former grapes..
And a little of this, and a little of that…
And a little of this, and a little of that…

Step #6: EATING 

Oh how I adore this step. Eat up, its served great in a bowl with extra lime juice and hot sauce. Its quite the flavourful rice dish experiment 🙂 

Yum Tum
Yum Tum

OTHER thank that, thats all there is there is no more. 

I hope you had as much fun with this dish as I did. 

Rating: I think I’ll grant this dish 3 1/2 out of five stars, since it was very good and lots of fun, but loses points just for the sake of making an even better version next time 🙂 

As usual, we encourage you to tweet @SustainableUofG if you tried out our recipe or a recipe of your own 🙂 Or if you have any requests or suggestions

See you around, 

Iris

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