Asian Veg Rice Bowl

We were eating Turkish almost every night and decided we needed to switch it up a bit, change the flavour, try something new (but still keep it simple, because seriously? I seem to have less and less time to cook these days!)

After a hunt in the fridge for whatever was still fresh and tasty looking, it was going to be an asian-ish stirfry.  I had a recipe lingering in my mind that my friend Audrey had told me about – brown rice, topped with stir-fried veg, sesame seeds, nori and pickled ginger.  I had everything I needed except for the ginger – but worked out fine anyway!  If you do get inspired to make this, try it with ginger if you have it at home.

Ingredients

  • Pak-choy (or baby bok choy) – pack of 4, sliced diagonally into 1 inch sections
  • Cremini mushrooms (shitake is better if you can find) – handful, sliced.
  • Snowpeas – a small bowl or big handful, de-strung
  • Ginger – a chunk, minced
  • Garlic, 5 small cloves, minced
  • Sesame seed oil, around 1 tsp to stirfry
  • Tamari or soy sauce, around 2 tbsp, to stirfry
  • Nori/ seaweed wraps – 2 sheets
  • Sesame seeds, toasted
  • (Ginger, pickled for garnish – optional)
  • Brown rice – cooked.

Instructions

  • Get your brown rice going.  I make mine in the Instant Pot (sidebar – this machine has changed my life, no joke.   I probably use it once a day!  Amazing product, makes rice, slow-cooks, and pressure-cooks to perfection. Best part, you can set it and forget it! Put the ingredients in, pick up the kids, come back and dinner’s ready!) It takes 20 min. in the Instant pot but usually takes about an hour on the stovetop.
  • Chop up all your veggies.
  • Put the garlic & ginger in a wok with a bit of sesame seed oil.  Once soft (around 3 min), add the all the veggies.  If you need to deglaze the wok/ pan do so with a bit of water.  Add your tamari or soy sauce.  Cook around 3-5 min – keeps them crunchy and their nutrient value high!
  • Put rice into bowls. Add veggie stirfry on top.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds, then top with nori (and ginger if you have it),  You’re done – so simple and delish, right?
The nori adds such a nice touch to the dish, and also great source of protein, iron and calcium - can't argue with that.

The nori adds such a nice touch to the dish, and also great source of protein, iron and calcium – can’t argue with that.

His & hers rice/ veggie bowls.  Nick prefers his nori on the side... !

His & hers rice/ veggie bowls. Nick prefers his nori on the side… !