Monthly Archives: August 2013
My friend had been dropping major hints about really wanting some more pineapple fried rice ever since the first batch I made for the epic potluck/cookout we had at the beginning of the school year.
F: I’ve never tried making it before, but I need to use up a bunch of rice, so I hope it turns out okay!
M: I’m sure it will! It’s the one I’m looking forward to having the most!
F: Oh, the pressure! ;_;
He went back for seventh helpings. :O Here’s the first version I tried making.)
I found several new recipes that I want to try out, so we’re gonna see how these go! I’ve been feeling especially kindly toward him because he gave me this awesome pillow (that’s partially why this dish is happening). <3 <3 <3 I can study in my bed now! :O
Recipe adapted from here! I forgot to add the ginger…and I also decided to throw in chicken because more protein is awesome, yayyy! I love the idea of straight-up cooking this rice in pineapple juice and coconut milk (or, well, my fudged version of coconut milk). You have no idea how amazing it smelled when I woke up to it the next morning (I love how fragrant it was *-*).
You can take out the chicken if you want to make it vegetarian, and take out the egg if you want it to be vegan? :O
F: (text) I tried out a new recipe for pineapple fried rice, if you wanna be a taste-tester!
M: (an hour later) Why are you awake?!
(11 hours later)
M: Wait, you have pineapple fried rice!?!?!?
F: Yep! I told you about it, didn’t I?
F: This morning.
M: I don’t remember what happens in the morning! You have some with you? Do you have a lot?
F: I have a giant tub. :O
M: !!!!! Can I…have some…?
F: Sure, but didn’t you order a pizza?
M: Your food beats out pizza any day! :O
Pineapple Coconut Fried Rice
-slightly more than 2 cups brown jasmine rice
-1 packet coconut milk powder + 1 cup of warm water, mixed (or just 1 cup of light coconut milk, if you have that)
-slightly more than 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
-1/2 cup water
-1/4 onion, diced
-1 bag frozen veggies, thawed
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1 tsp ground ginger
-1 can pineapples, diced
-2 eggs, slightly beaten
<1 tbsp soy sauce
-1 handful raisins
-1/4 cup cashews
-1/2 lb chicken, cubed
1) Cook rice in rice cooker! Let it completely cool.
2) In a large skillet, melt some coconut oil and add in onions. Stir + cook for ~2-3 minutes.
3) Add garlic + ground ginger. Add veggies.
4) Increase heat a little bit + add a little more coconut oil + the pineapple. Stir + cook until golden.
5) In a separate skillet, cook the chicken with some coconut oil + minced garlic
6) Remove veggies/pineapple from skillet. Add more coconut oil into skillet + add the eggs. Let cook for about a minute.
6) Coconut oil that skillet again and add the rice, tossing to coat. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to crisp up + get golden. Stir + break apart pieces. Repeat until rice is crispy and golden.
7) Reduce heat to low and stir in soy sauce. Add everything you’ve cooked thus far. Throw in the raisins + cashews last, then serve!
It’s been too hot lately to eat warm oatmeal every morning for breakfast. (I was doing that for a while, but started branching out to other things because hot food in my sauna of an apartment wasn’t the best of ideas), and the idea of having a super-healthy breakfast waiting for me in the morning is rather appetizing, so here we are! :D
Chocolate Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats
-1/3 cup rolled oats
-1/3 cup Fage 0% Greek yogurt
-1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
-8 slices of banana
-small scoop of chocolate protein powder
-small handful of blueberries
-toasted coconut flakes (these were from my neighbor :O )
1) Add oats to a jar, then the milk and yogurt.
2) Top with all other ingredients and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
3) Enjoy in the morning!
I was at the gym yesterday doing cardio since it was my off-day from lifting and I had a whole lot of notes to commit to memory. (These notes are basically the only way I keep myself going when I’m doing cardio because I hate it. :[ )
Halfway through my workout (yay intervals! they’re slightly more interesting than usual-cardio), my friend came over.
S: Farrah, what are you doing on this side of the room?!
F: It’s not what it looks like! I lifted yesterday! Today’s my off-day and I have stuff to memorize.
S: Ok good. As long as you’re not abandoning us over there.
F: Of course not! I just figured I shouldn’t lift today because I did yesterday. Don’t judge me!
S: Alright, because when I saw you over here, I thought you’d defected to the other camp.
F: Hell to the no. :O I’ll be back tomorrow!
On a completely different note, it’s club night tonight! Time to recruit all the members we can!
On Monday after my first exam, I headed straight for the gym to lift some weights and also ended up going on the ellipticals for about 20 minutes. Shortly after the exam review, I discovered the existence of a heated swimming pool in the middle of the state forest.
Yeah, you heard me! For all this time, I thought I could only go swimming in the river if I wanted to swim. :O!!!
So I went there with two of my friends. They’re currently training for a triathlon that I would be participating in if not for the fact that (1) my powerlifting competition is the following week, and (2) endurance is definitely not my thing (might have been cool to just try it though, now that I have a bike also…did I mention that I got a bike!?). I swam 30 laps and wanted to die (again, endurance is not my thing). They decided to go for a run afterward (…), so I decided to do the same, since it was a better alternative to twiddling my thumbs in the car for half an hour. This marks the first time I’ve gone running outside since…I’m not even sure how long ago. A year? More? It’s absolutely beautiful out there. I really might have to force myself to like running just so I can see more. *-*
After that, I went back to school to run through my hula class before it actually started. I participated in my friend’s Zumba class (I probably haven’t mentioned yet that we’re co-teaching a weekly Zumba/hula class for the community in our efforts to promote exercise + healthy lifestyles) and taught mine.
Suffice to say, I was starving by the time I got home. How I managed to only spend $20 at Kroger is completely beyond me. I was tempted by everything. Everything. ._. I went home and grilled this up because it’d be super fast. (This marinade is almost as simple as it gets.)
Grilled Rainbow Trout
-1 splash of lemon juice
-garlic powder, to taste
-sprinkle of sea salt
-pepper, to taste
1) Marinate fish in the above ingredients for 5-15 minutes (depending on how hungry you are :[ ).
2) Toss onto Foreman grill and cook until flaky!