Stir fried vegetables with brown rice; Vegan

Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 11:12 am.

Veggies n Brown Rice

A few moments ago, I made this dish of stir fried vegetables and rice.

It’s a simple meal that can be prepared in minutes. Occasionally, you’ll see me preparing meals that do take a while to make, however in this household it’s rare. I love good food, the majority of my daughter and my meals are home cooked.

Color (besides taste and nutrition) is something I look for in a meal. I enjoy seeing a variety of hues displayed within a dish, and so you’ll usually see some type of vegetable (or fruit) playing a starring role in the meals I prepare. Not only does it add a bit of food bling, it  also supplies us with the nutrients that our bodies needs. I’ll write more on the importance of food nutrition in a later post.

I’m a whole foods lady, meaning I eat foods as close to its natural source as possible. If you were to open our freezer you wouldn’t find too many pre-packaged meals. Wait… I take that back!  You would, but they’ve been prepared by myself. Occasionally, I’ll prepare meals in advance and freeze them for the times when I just want to heat something up for us.

Meal Preparation

I’m vegan, but these days my eight-year old daughter isn’t and so you’ll see non-veggie dishes that I’ve prepared for her. While she does eat non-veggie dishes she still prefers vegetarian or vegan cuisine.

If you’d ask me a few years ago, if I’d have let her make such a decision (this early) I would have told you no. Back in the day, I never prepared non-veggie dishes either, but now I do for loved ones. Of course, they get a nice mix of veggie cuisine, and those dishes have been devoured by them. WIth some, they were surprised that they actually liked the dish. To which my response is, it’s all in the preparation.

Bonding with family

In recent years I’ve made several non-vegan meals for family and friends. However, even though they weren’t vegan they all had a few things in common; they were nutritious, delicious, and quite simple to make. Who wants to spend time in the kitchen, when you have loved ones to hang out with?

Although my life is fairly busy, I still think it’s important to share meals together, and so you’ll find me taking my dinner time with my daughter. It’s a great chance to see what happened during her day, and because I listen it’s one way she knows that I care about what’s going on in her world. At times, we all need to be quiet and listen to what others have to say. After I pick her up from school, I usually let her help me prepare something for our evening meal. However since I have a few surprises in store for my little princess today, I decided to prepare our meal early.

The cookbook

Those who’ve followed me from my old site, VeganMomma, might remember me mentioning a cookbook I was writing. Creating a cookbook is challenging  for me. Why you ask?  It forces me to actually measure ingredients. That’s something I don’t (normally) do. I just know what amount works well with a dish. I guess that comes from cooking for a while. I made my first meal when I was four years old, thirty-seven years later I still enjoy cooking.

Anyway, while writing the book I realized there were a lot of stories to tell — some have been tied to various dishes I’ve made over the years, and so I went back and included stories. Crescent Dragonwagon’s Passionate Vegetarian and Yumana Devi’s Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking did an excellent job of applying that technique into their cookbooks.

If you’re a fan of those types of cookbooks, you’ll find plenty of stories mixed in with many of the recipes they share. I read cookbooks like a novel, I enjoy them because the passion that is apparent with the one who’s writing them, but along the way I’ve learned additional cooking tips from some very talented chefs.

Next year, I’m taking a few cooking classes. I’m looking forward to them, and will most likely share bits of what I learn here.

 

9 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    AMAZINGLY YUMMY is how THAT looks right there! I have been craving brown rice, wild rice, and other rices lately! 🙂 YUMMERS!!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,
    I was craving brown rice, and so I made the above dish. It was delicious. I’m not sure what we’re making this weekend. Perhaps a homemade pizza? Since my daughter’s been clamoring for one. 😉
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  • suituapui says:

    I’m a non-vegan but I do know of some dishes with veg only and they’re very nice. Yes, colour is important and presentation as well but the test of the pudding is in the eating. Love the look of your fried rice – bet it tasted great.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @suituapui,
    Oh I agree, the presentation can be amazing, but if it doesn’t taste great, well forget about it. Blech, I’m not going to eat it.

    It turned out well, simple, nutritious, and delicious. Those are the types of meals I usually prepare.

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  • philip says:

    Perhaps you should write a cookbook without exact measurements, tell people the ingredients and let them decide how much they want to add of each ingredient. That’ll be an interesting concept. That dish looks good.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @philip,
    That’s an interesting idea. I used to have a cooking website, where occasionally I’d post recipes with just the ingredients. That met with mixed reviews, but it’s an interesting idea.

    I might have a few recipes on this site where I just list the ingredients.

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  • FiSh says:

    it looks yummy from the picture! 🙂 wondering if it would taste better if it can be a little spicy with more added ingredient
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @FiSh,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    The beauty of this dish, since it’s quite simple, is you can add additional ingredients if you like. I love spicy, but my daughter isn’t too fond of that, so I usually add spice to my plate. I did add a bit of ginger to this dish, but it wasn’t overpowering.

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    I would love to try vegetarian recipe, even though my family loves to eat food with meats I am sure they won’t recognized this because of the main ingredient brown rice. I am just wondering Opal, do you own a cook book?
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