We figured this would be either delicious or awful, and I am happy to report the former. I halved the recipe (except the soy sauce, which I subbed for liquid aminos and used about the regular amount of) and skipped the zucchini. DO NOT - and I say this because I could definitely see tiny foolish me doing this - SKIP THE FRESH BASIL. The combination of fresh basil and peach was what MADE this dish.
By the way, fried rice is a GREAT way to get rid of leftover rice in the fridge, since cooled rice works better. (Another way is ochazuke.)
Ingredients: brown rice, olive oil, tofu, onion, garlic, zucchini?, carrot, 1 peach, liquid aminos/soy sauce/tamari, fresh basil.
A story: I used to have pretty awful skin. I tried all of the most popular store-bought treatments and quite a few of the lesser known ones, creams and three-step things and things that left my face red and peeling and STILL covered in bumps. (I guess I never put up the fuss required to actually get me to a dermatologist.) Finally, some girls at Girls State introduced me to the concept of birth control as skin care, and the combination of that and a prescription cream helped quite a bit.
Then, junior year of college, I bought a new soap.
I didn’t buy it for my face at all; it was coincidence. My acne started getting better, a lot better, and I rejoiced that I was finally growing out of stupid skin. The only exception seemed to be when I went home - like my skin recognized my high school bedroom and regressed accordingly. I had literally never heard someone talk about changing their basic soap to fix their acne. It took forever (like, two years) to figure out that that was the difference.
So here it is, I shit you not, the difference between the Alps and Oklahoma on my face: Dove’s basic, unscented, “sensitive skin” soap. My skin spent ten years erupting and cost us a frickton of money because it was mad about soap, and I never friggin’ knew (and got some really unimpressed faces from my mom and doctor when I claimed it was better when I didn’t wash my face). Maybe you’ve heard it before and are rolling your eyes, but wow, woooow, am I ticked at the universe for not telling me this the second puberty started designing Sims lots on my face.
TL;DR BUY A MORE GENTLE SOAP IF YOUR FACE HATES YOU AND YOUR LIFE MIGHT (might) GET ABRUPTLY BETTER.
#1 Cored sliced apples with peanut butter, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
#2 Tofu spinach dip with raw veggies
#3 Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit spread and unsalted pretzels
#4 Tortilla chips and chunky salsa
#5 Raw veggies and ranch dip
#6 Chocolate pudding (Kozy Shack is my fav) and a banana (for dipping)
#7 Unsalted peanuts and raisins
#8 Graham crackers with light cream cheese and sliced red grapes
#9 Ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
#10 Half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread
#11 Small salad with light dressing
#12 Half of a tuna melt on whole wheat English muffin with cheddar cheese
#13 Homemade trail mix with Puffins cereal, nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate chips
#14 Small bowl of bran flakes with 1% milk and blackberries
#15 One cup of Greek yogurt with sliced mango and a sprinkle of Grape Nuts
#16 Smoothie – mango with mango Greek yogurt and a splash of orange juice
#17 Two hard boiled eggs with Kashi crackers (salt and pepper and some hot sauce)
#18 Cheesestick and 1 cup of red grapes
#19 (Leftovers) Small veggie quesadilla with black beans, sweet potato, scallions, cheese, and (scrambled eggs – optional)
Some people do rice and beans. Unfortunately, this requires either canned (annoying) or dry (a day of thinking ahead) beans. Hence, I do lentils! Full of protein, pantry ingredients, and, in the rice cooker, pretty much mindless. This recipe features the basic formula for doing this in a rice cooker.
Ingredients: Lentils, rice, oil, spices of your choice, water/broth.
Tonight’s variation: To one cup brown rice rice (er, the cup the rice cooker comes with, I think it’s actually 2/3rds of a cup, anyway) and a little under a cup of lentils, I added: several very large shakes of curry powder, a generous sprinkling of garlic salt, a shockingly large splash of coriander, one chicken stock cube, and minced onion. I then filled the rice cooker slightly above the two cup line. Even the girlfriend liked it!