Healthy Basil Fried Rice

Fried rice. Simple, quick, and easy – as long as you’ve cooked your rice ahead of time, that is! I like to make it in the morning before work, so its ready to go when I come home. Then just fry up your egg or tofu, add veggies, and you’re golden.


Healthy Basil Fried Rice

Some recipe notes: I fry my eggs in coconut oil or butter. It doesn’t seem to affect the taste, and its healthier too. Coconut oil also has a high temperature point, which browns the egg nicely.ย  I use Bragg’s liquid aminos instead of soy sauce, and I find it tastes just as good. For the veggies, I use frozen mixed vegetables from Meijer, which work really nicely. Alternatively, you could throw mushrooms or onions. You can add broccoli, but remember that it’ll take longer to cook.

fried rice

This recipe is great for a weeknight dinner! What do you guys like to put in your fried rice?

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Basil-Parsley Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Olives

I started a balcony herb garden a few months ago, and an overabundance of basil and flat-leaf parsley led to one of my favorite summertime recipes: pesto! So I gathered my ingredients to make this delicious sauce: basil, parsley, walnuts, garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese, salt, and olive oil.


Basil-Parsley Pesto Pasta Recipe Card

I combined all ingredients, except the olive oil, in the food processor.

pesto ingredients, before

Ingredients for pesto, except olive oil

Then I processed it until a thick paste formed. I absolutely love the vibrant green color in this photo.

pesto, without olive oil

Pesto ingredients, processed

I slowly drizzled the olive oil in as I processed some more. Pesto, simple as that!

pesto!

Voilร ! So green and vibrant.

The thick, chunky pesto worked really well with radiatore pasta, mixing perfectly with the small, ridged shape of the noodles. (Apparently, an industrial designer came up with radiatore, based on on the look of a radiator. Who knew?)

radiatore ย  pesto pasta, mixed

Cherry tomatoes and black olives completed this summery pasta dish.

pesto pasta, plated

Dinner for two, all in less than 30 minutes!

So simple, fresh, and delicious! What recipes do you use to make pesto?