homemade take-out with a PUNCH of spice!
Happy Meatless Monday! The weekend has come and gone, and we are faced with another long week of woooooork. On the bright side, I have a few new dishes to share with you, and they are all PACKED full O' flavor. If there is one thing I love, and can basically eat on the daily, it's a heaping plate of rice. FRIED rice to be exact. And when it's stir fried will all the veggies, I am in <3 even more.
What did you did this weekend? Anything fun? For once in a long time, I was able to spend the weekend totally relaxing with zero responsibilities & to myself. And by that I mean, put off all responsibilities because "next weekend I'll do it"came out of my mouth way too much. Saturday was supposed to be a day filled with shopping for a dress for my brother-in-laws wedding approaching quick, a ton of laundry, spring cleaning + a bit of some recipe developing. Want to know what I did instead? Woke up, moved to the couch, laid there for the majority of the day binging on Master Chef Junior and The Mindy Project. Got up at dinner time, cooked a fail of a meal ( </3 ) and then moved my way back on the couch until I showered before bed. PRODUCTIVE RIGHT? Nope. But that's what weekends are for, right?
BUT Sunday was great! I actually took this Macrame workshop from Good Bear Homemade at United By Blue in Nolita. I now own a made-by-me plant hammock! It is SO cool, and I am so obsessed. It was kind of tricky and first and I almost cried twice, but it was a great time and my apartment can look that much cooler. Check out their website for their upcoming classes. They have an Indigo Dyeing class coming up within the next few months if anyone wants to join me!
ANYWAY, more importantly, lets get back to this rice. Spicy, hot, salt and a touch of sweetness. If you've ever ordered this from your local Thai food joint, you'll know how good this is. It's like super spicy but the basil adds this awesome flavor. UGH I'm so obsessed. Finally, a successful fried rice that tastes like take out! It's been a long journey, but I found one! Check out my version, adapted from Chef and Her Kitchen. Enjoy, guys! xx Sam.
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I N G R E D I E N T S:
- 1 cup of Basmati Rice (measured uncooked)
- 3/4 cup of Thai Basil Leaves, packed & chopped
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1/2 green pepper, sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/4 cup of peas (frozen or fresh)
- 4-5 gloves of garlic, minced
- 1 inch piece of ginger, grated/minced
- 3 Tbs of sambal oelek, or any red chili paste
- 2 tsp of Sriracha
- 2 tsp of Dark soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbs of brown sugar
- Salt to taste
- Any other veggies you wanna throw in!
PREPARE: Start by cooking your rice according to instructions on package. Once cooked, let it cool a bit before cooking. Dice up alllll your veggies and set aside
SPICY RICE!: In a large frying pan over medium heat, add a splash of olive oil. Once hot, saute your ginger and garlic for just a moment until fragrant. Now, toss in the onions and peppers and cook for just under 5 minutes. They should be soft, but still a bit crunchy! Now, add in the peas, sambal oelek & brow sugar, plus a dash of salt. Mix well so all veggies are coated evenly. Toss in the rice and give it a good mix, and then add the soy sauce & sriracha. Cook will mixing for another few minutes until heated through. Toss in the basil leaves to combine- taste to adjust & serve :)