Vegetable fried rice

What do you do with leftover rice?

I make fried rice.

Easiest thing ever.

The best thing you can do is make the bulk of it veggies and have rice be the side note, instead of the other way around.  Then be super clever and call it rice fried vegetables. 🙂
Although I did not follow the recipe I just linked, mine still tasted great and was based on the same idea.

Here are my favorite things to put in fried rice:

Sesame oil.  I’m pretty much obsessed with the stuff.  Even the smallest amount lends a depth of flavor to an otherwise fairly boring dish.

Fresh garlic.  Do I need to say anything?  Garlic rules.

A myriad of veggies!  This time, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, peas, corn, carrots, green beans, bean sprouts, and onions all got some action in this fried rice.  The asparagus was fresh and all the rest were from frozen mixes!

And here’s a secret: I nix soy sauce and use teriyaki sauce instead.  This kind to be exact.  I like it because, as opposed to just plain soy sauce, you’re not hit with that overpowering salty flavor.  Teriyaki adds a nice mix of both soy and sweet.
If you ever find yourself looking for ways to use up leftover rice, go this route.  Easy, quick, and flavorful.

And now, sadly, homework is calling my name.  At least I got some good fuel to get me through.

Happy Friday!  Have a beautiful day.

Szechwan Tofu

Do any of you have cookbooks that look like this?

A little too loved?
Complete with soy sauce stains, water damage, and torn edges?

…Just me? Okay.

For as long as I can remember, my parents would regularly make two dishes out of this cookbook: Szechwan Chicken and Mongolian Beef.  They’ve always been two of my favorite meals.

Today, I decided to give the chicken recipe a different twist by using tofu instead of the poultry.  What up vegetarian meal! 🙂
Served with fluffy rice and steamed (but still bright green and crisp, please!) broccoli, you’ve got a yummy meal.

My favorite thing about it has always been the addition of peanuts. Love that crunch.
I definitely recommend swapping tofu or tempeh for meat in your favorite dishes from time to time. It’s cool to switch things up and be a temporary vegetarian. 😉

Do any of you guys have tips for pressing tofu?
I feel like no matter what I do, it still retains a lot of moisture.

Have a great night!

Valentine’s day

Happy valentine’s day!

My life is so full of love.

I’m blessed with fantastic family and friends, and I’ve got a God who loves me to no end.

A girl can’t really ask for much more.

Except maybe chocolate. 😉

Hope everyone’s day was lovely and full of great things!


Hi guys! I just wanted to do a real quick post to let you all know that I’m still alive. 🙂

I’ve been drowning in schoolwork and exams this past week, but come tomorrow at 3:45, it will be over. For the time being.

I’ll be back soon with some legit posts. I miss my little blog!

Until then…do you guys like Glee?

I do. And Destiny’s Child makes it even better.

I hope everyone’s been having a fantastic week!

Long day

Hello hello!

Does anybody else find it crazy that it’s already February!? Yikes.

I’ve had such a day. It started out extraordinarily windy and cold and ended the same way. Wind + my crazy curly hair = not a pretty sight.

Tuesdays are so long for me. I get to school around 9am and don’t leave until 9pm. Needless to say, every Tuesday, I make sure to arm myself with a lunchbox full of food lest I end up spending an arm and a leg for food on campus. Or starve. Either one is a terrible option.

Fruit, vegetables, string cheese, pb sandwiches, and larabars all make regular appearances in my packed lunches/dinners, but today I had something a little different.

Yay for trader joes salads!

To be perfectly honest, this salad was kind of weird to me. I didn’t eat the cranberries or use the dressing because they were way too sweet.

What I was left with was brussels sprouts, a few hazelnuts, a few shreds of cheese, and about 3 bacon crumbles. Sounds kind of pathetic, but it was good! I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes brussels sprouts. 🙂

That’s all I got for now. I’m totally worn out, so it’s definitely my bed time. Have a lovely night guys!

Do you guys have any go-to foods for when you’re on the run or not at home all day?