I chuckled when I read this month's Recipe Redux challenge. Ever since I was young I've been traveling overseas, starting with short trips to Mexico, then two-week long trips to Bolivia and Honduras, and eventually growing into month long trips to Nigeria, India, and Ethiopia. Due to my love for different cultures, languages, and travel, I knew I would live overseas eventually. Now, as of last August, I've been living in China for about 8 months! So when I read this month's Recipe Redux challenge I had to laugh thinking about the fact that I am that person that lives in a different country. No one here in China is talking about getting their taxes done right now or about who their going to vote for during this year's election.
I am officially an expat.
Read this month's challenge for yourself and then we'll jump into the best part of this post...the food!
It’s Income Tax Season, so our brains could use some easy arithmetic; as in seven-ingredient-or-less recipes. Show us the healthy, no-brainer dish you fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Think beyond smoothies or drinks, please. (And for those of you living in countries where it’s not Tax Season – we’re pretty sure you and your readers would still love doing the math for seven-ingredient-recipes!)
I absolutely love this month's challenge. In fact, it wasn't much of a challenge for me because it's the way Brett and I usually eat throughout the week. I always felt like I shouldn't post recipes this simple on my food blog, because they aren't "special" enough. However, I'm starting to realize that simple is what people prefer, as long as the flavor isn't jeopardized.
What do you guys think? Do you prefer to try more complicated recipes or simple, yet delicious recipes? I feel like most of my meals are pretty simple anyways, but I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Speaking of simple recipes, let's talk about this 7 Ingredient Pineapple Stir "Fried" Rice. Currently I'm obsessed with this dish. It's so simple to make, taking me about 15 minutes total to prepare, but it's still so hearty and delicious. And really, when can you go wrong when soy sauce is involved?
All you have to do to make this Recipe Redux: 7 Ingredient Pineapple Stir "Fried" Rice is sauté some onions, garlic and carrots in a sauce pan until soft. Then you dump in some pre-cooked or frozen peas, leftover cold rice, and a couple tablespoons of soy sauce. The veggies provide lots of texture and the soy sauce gives the rice a fried look and lots flavor, without all the oil. I love to top my "fried" rice with green onions and red pepper flakes, but you can use any garnishes you desire!
I hope you all get a chance to try out this simple, yet flavorful recipe. If you do, leave a comment letting me know your thoughts or take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- ½ small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup finely cubed carrots
- 1 cup cooked green peas
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 3 cups pre-cooked, cold steamed white rice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce*
- Optional add-ins and garnishes: prepared tofu/tempeh, red pepper flakes, green onions, etc.
- Using a little water in a saucepan, sauté the onion, garlic, and carrots until softened.
- If using prepared tofu or tempeh, add that in and allow it to cook until warmed.
- Lastly, add in the green peas, pineapple, cold rice, and soy sauce and stir to combine.
- Sauté everything together until just heated through and the soy sauce is evenly distributed.
- Dived the rice between two bowls and top with green onions, red pepper flakes, or any garnishes you desire.
*Use Tamari if gluten free!
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 527Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 941mgCarbohydrates 103gFiber 11gSugar 17gProtein 21g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.