After a whole pregnancy of craving nothing but Mexican food, two weeks of quick and easy meals, and wonderful friends and family cooking for us… I have made my way back into the kitchen to work on some new, non-Mexican, recipes!
As I am learning to juggle my two little ones, keeping up with laundry and brushing my teeth before my husband gets home from work…. My goal with most meals has been to have enough for leftovers for lunch the following day.
Leftovers are a mama’s best friend.
With Spring finally making it’s way to us, I am getting so excited to grill up every type of colorful vegetable I can get my hands on! Yet for this recipe, my stove had to suffice… as well as the veggies I happened to have in my fridge.
Feel free to get creative with this meal and use whatever type of veggies you and your family like. Really anything goes with this one!
CILANTRO LIME PEANUT SAUCE + VEGGIES + RICE
(apple cider vinegar not used)
- ½ C natural peanut butter
- 1 T Braggs amino acids (or soy sauce)
- 2 T limejuice
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 t minced ginger
- 1 T brown sugar
- ¼ C cilantro
- ¼ C water
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional – just adds a bit of a kick but not too much)
(kale and zucchini not pictured)
VEGGIES + RICE:
- 2 C cooked brown rice (I cooked mine in vegetable broth for added flavor)
- 1 can water chestnuts – chopped
- 1 bell pepper – chopped
- 2 C steamed kale – chopped
- 3 carrots – pealed and chopped
- ½ C green onions – chopped
- 1 zucchini – chopped
- ¼ C chopped cilantro
- Coconut oil
- Chopped peanuts
- Green onions
- Sriacha Hot Sauce
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add more water to reach desired consistency if necessary.
Heat a bit of coconut oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add carrots and peppers and cook for a few minutes until they soften. Then add water chestnuts, steamed kale, green onions, zucchini, cilantro, salt and pepper and cook all together for a few more minutes. I tend to like my veggies on the crispier side so turn up the heat to medium high and let them brown up without getting soggy.
*Steaming the kale prior to sautéing it will soften it and makes it much better! You can use a steamer or just put a bit of water in a pan with the kale and cover. Cook for about 5 min on a high heat. You just want it to soften a bit and wilt.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked brown rice, sautéed veggies, and peanut sauce. Stir until combined. Give it a taste and add more salt or pepper if desired.
Add toppings and enjoy!