Recipe #3: Coconut Fried Rice with Edamame

I am closing this week with some delicious fried rice. I mean, the other recipes this week (peanut soup and popcorn) were good too, don’t get me wrong. I’m happy I had 3 successes. I mean, I really don’t think any recipe from this book will be bad, everything looks and sounds amazing so I’m excited to make it all.

Anyways, yeah, this was some good rice. What sets it apart from regular fried rice is the coconut flakes. I love coconut and I love fried rice so I didn’t think it could be bad. When I was reading the recipe, it sounded really intriguing to use coconut (and in such a large quantity – 1 cup) but it added such good flavour and texture. This was my first time using coconut flakes in this dish but it will not be my last.

I cooked the rice the night before so that it would be ready to go when I wanted to cook this dish. I did the rest of the prep the next day because it was super quick and easy. There was a nice variety of colours from the carrots, peppers, edamame and onion and they added a bit of crunch to the dish too.

The flavours of this rice were quite traditional with just garlic, soy sauce and sriracha, but they were nicely balanced. The addition of lime juice at the end added a bit of brightness too. Everything was seasoned well and it just tasted good.

If you are trying to eat more healthy foods, this is a great dish to try. The brown rice, as well as the veggies, adds a lot of fibre. As well, the edamame is a great source of unprocessed protein (better than eating tofu). A bowl of this fried rice will keep you full and satisfied. This dish was a really nice vegetarian/vegan dinner. I feel like it would be really good with a fried egg on top too though (for a non-vegan option).

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