Quick Grown-Up Meal

You’d think at 29 I’d have more quick meals in my repertoire. I’d be able to whip up a quiche for an impromptu dinner party in the blink of an eye. I’d have casseroles and speedy saute combinations at the ready. Instead, I find myself in the student lounge three nights each week with the same meal I ate in third grade: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, string cheese, baby carrots and a piece of fruit. Considering peanut butter is on my list of “Five Things You’d Take if You Were Stranded Eternally on a Deserted Island,” I grew alarmed when I found myself grimacing as I spread another slice of whole wheat bread with my favorite nut butter just the other day. Could it be? Was it actually possible for me to tire of the one invention I am certain is even better than sliced bread? (Honestly, we all know sliced bread is only as good as the tasty peanut butter which is spread upon it) Unwilling to fathom a world in which peanut butter could not heal all that ails me (yes I believe it can), I tucked the tub away and placed a moratorium on my favorite condiment for one week. Did I starve? Did I just eat jam sandwiches instead? Certainly not! In fact, I came up with some really delicious, and quick, meals that I’ve now happily added to my dinner rotation. In addition to a fabulous mixed greens salad with pecans, herbed goat cheese, dried cherries and homemade vinaigrette (with or without grilled chicken), I invented this little number. If you already have leftover brown rice, this can be ready in five minutes. For real!

Curried Rice with Vegetables and a Fried Egg

1/2 c. cooked brown rice
1 green onions, chopped
1/2 medium orange pepper, chopped
1 large egg
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic chili sauce
freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add pepper and saute, with or without a splash of olive oil, for 4 minutes.

2. Add rice, curry powder, soy sauce and garlic chili sauce, stirring to coat. Heat thoroughly.

3. Remove rice and pepper from pan and place on serving plate.

4. Crack egg into pan, keeping edges as contained as possible. Cover pan with lid and cook, undisturbed, for 4 minutes. Or, cook just until white is set, flip and cook 3 more minutes.

5. Slide egg out of pan on top of rice and pepper. Top with green onion, if desired. Serve.

Serves 1.

What 5 things would you take if you were going to be stranded eternally on a deserted island?

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5 responses to “Quick Grown-Up Meal

  1. This sounds so good! Much more work than I ever take making any food — so yes, very grown-up!

  2. Sounds yummy:)

    My five things:
    1. Chapstick
    2. Peanut butter (I’m in the same boat as you)
    3. Potatoes and milk (I read somewhere that you can survive off nothing else–the potatoes prevent scurvy)
    4. Sunblock
    5. My better half (to apply said sunblock, among other things)

  3. Molly

    Wow, this spoke to me. I have a really busy schedule right now and I too eat peanut butter & jelly sandwiches ALL THE TIME. And I love them too, but yeah.

  4. This reminds me very much of a similar meal I make for myself all the time on busy nights too. Having the cooked brown rice on hand is key! As are eggs and a zucchini or 2. :) Sometimes simple is as delicious as complicated.

  5. Great post – I can relate to the busyness and too-many-nut-butter-scoops for nutrition…Well you didn’t say that exactly, but that’s my experience as I interpret your peanut butter love. ;) Way to break out of the rut!

    My five items, in no particular order:
    1.) Peet’s Coffee – French Roast (drinking less coffee lately but this is my all-time fav and would have to be on the island w/me!)
    2.) Red & Black Licorice – the Red Vines kind with small bites of both flavors that you CANNOT get in Canada and I miss from CA
    3.) My Bible
    4.) Bananas (if they already grow there, then blueberries!)
    5.) My husband (does he count as an “item?” lol) – he’s my favorite! :D

    Fun post! Thanks for stopping by my blog – anxious to keep reading your posts too!

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