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one-pot wonder

21 June 2011

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, when it feels like everything you touch somehow manages to go horribly, horribly wrong, until you’re sitting on your kitchen floor staring at a missed puddle of spilt suntea and crying over your Target trash can’s broken spring-lid? Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Today . . . let’s just say that today was one of those days.

In fact, I was just about to call it quits, throw in the towel, what have you, and retreat to bed before even my newly embraced inner old lady would approve. But then I made dinner, and somehow everything was magically ok again.

sweet n spicy rice n peas

also, loving this thrift-store find: only one dish to wash!

There was no planning involved here. Given my mental state at the time, that’s probably a good thing. I just grabbed some things — most of which were selected at random from my fridge with a shrug and a “why not?” — threw ’em in a pot, stirred ’em around, and let ’em do their thing for about 10 minutes. Some of the ingredients may make you question my sanity, but do yourself a favor and go with it. The result is seriously delicious.

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Rice ‘n’ Peas

1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
1/3 cup frozen peas
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp strawberry jam
1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce

Dump everything except the frozen peas in a pot and stir to combine. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces and the rice and chickpeas are heated through — about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the frozen peas, stirring until they thaw and absorb some sauce. That’s it. Really.

I made myself take this outside, and eat it slowly, and think about each mouthful. So what if the temperature’s still 102 at 6:30, who cares if ozone levels here have reached alarming highs recently: hands down most enjoyable meal of my recent life, and for once it actually took me longer to eat my dinner than to make it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. sunshinevegan permalink
    1 July 2011 11:11 am

    This sounds so yummy! And it’s great how convenient and simple the recipe is 🙂

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