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Easy Veggie Steamed Rice

 

On its own or as a side dish, vegetable steamed rice is one of my new absolute favorite go-to dishes. It is fabulous for using up leftovers in the crisper drawer before they are unusable. It is a good way to hide extra veggies for people who don’t love their taste. You can try new vegetables without having to fully commit. And it is endlessly variable.

The basis of this particular recipe was a bag of broccoli slaw that was on super sale, I had to have it. But you can only eat so much slaw at a time, so I had to find some creative ways to use it up. I’ve also been eating a more vegan diet, so I bulked it up a bit to make it a full meal. Feel free to add in a meat of your choice like chicken or shrimp, sauces you like such as terikayi or soy, and switch up the veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c uncooked rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1-2 cups veggies
    • I used: 1/3 cup broccoli slaw, 1/3 cup diced bell pepper and onion, and about 1/2 cup raw spinach
  • Handful smashed almonds or peanuts
  • Soy sauce to taste

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If you have a rice cooker, this entire thing can be cooked together. Same goes for a crock pot. If you don’t have one of those option, you can boil the rice and fry the veggies separately and then mix together.

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Step 1: Put the rice, water, and veggies into the rice cooker, and turn on. Alterntively, place in a small slow cooker and cook on low 1-2 hours. Or, boil the rice according to package, and stir fry the veggies in 1 tbsp. oil until soft, then mix.

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Step 2: This is not required. If you want, heat 2-4 tbsp. oil in a pan, and add the cooked rice and veg. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until rice begins to brown and crisp, and flip with a spatula. Cook the other side until brown, then serve hot.

Ramen Broccoli Slaw

 

A quick search of the web brings up literally thousands of possibilities for using Ramen noodles. That classic salty cardboard noodle we all know and love can be elevated so far beyond fake chicken broth.

This Ramen Broccoli slaw is a delightful side dish for any reason. Take it to a picnic, a house party, the big game next Sunday, a birthday, a holiday celebration. It is tart yet sweet, borderline healthy (but I won’t tell if you won’t) and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Best of all, it takes just a few minutes to whip together, so you can make it the day or a few hours ahead, stick it in the fridge, and forget about it until it’s time to run out the door or set the table.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 bag or box broccoli slaw mix
    • You could make your own by shredding 1 head broccoli minus the crowns, and 1 large carrot
  • 1 pack Ramen noodles (save the seasoning for something else)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins or craisins
  • 1/4 cup diced strips red bell pepper
  • 1/2 bunch green onions

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Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, oil, and vinegar together. Crush the Ramen noodles up a bit and put them in the bowl. Stir well to coat.

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Step 2: Add the broccoli slaw, pepper, green onion, and raisins. Mix well and refrigerate at least one hour and up to overnight. The longer you let it sit, the softer the noddles are.

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Step 3: Just before serving, toss in the chopped nuts. Obviously you can omit this if there are any nut allergies or you just don’t like them.

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Versatile and simple, this humble side is extremely cheap (depending on what you add into it) and not too bad health-wise. Of course you can use homemade cabbage slaw, or whatever other diced/shredded veggies you have on hand.