Crazy Rice

Leftovers come to life! Traveling always means cleaning out the fridge as much as possible, saving a little bit of money (NO sushi Thursday!), and trying to get some nutrients in before an indulgent trip.

I am not normally a huge fan of rice, but somehow we often end up getting it as a side at restaurants. On Wednesday I had a horrible headache all day; nothing would make it go away, and by the time the dreary, chilling evening came, I was drained from the pain and needing comfort.

My awesome husband, already having worked a 13 hour day, stopped by Myers + Chang for some hot and sour soup. . . and a few other treats for me. I swear that their hot and sour soup is a cure all. It is a bowl of love.

It was the perfect dinner, and as we often do, we had an entire container of leftover brown rice. Note to self, just don’t get it next time. . .

brown rice

We also had a giant head of purple cabbage, two habaneros, and half an onion to use up. I started to think about how this would become a meal.

habanero peppers


red cabbage

Just add beans!

beans and rice

I also added a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and a squeeze of cilantro paste. It was pretty much one of the best meals I have had at home in awhile. It was the perfect peanutty mix of crunch and spice. Everything else jazzed up the rice, and we ended up not wasting a ton of food! Winner!

And the winner of the Eversave Boston ice cream giveaway is Bianca! Bianca, I will send your Save over from Eversave!

I have one more day in DC, and I will then be doing some Eat, Write, Retreat recapping. I learned so much, and I can’t wait to get back into blogging at full speed again!

See ya’ll tomorrow!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I have a blog post coming up this week about a parsley pesto pasta dish I made to clean out the fridge before heading to Philly last week. I can’t wait to hear all about the retreat and hope you’ll share some great tips!


  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Yum! Brown rice and beans is a good combo. Love how creative you are – I would never think of adding peanut butter! Also, I assume it’s a different Bianca who won your contest :p Enjoy the rest of your stay in DC!


  3. Megan’s avatar

    I did a a clean-out-the-fridge meal last night too. It’s super important before going away. And sometimes those types of meals turn out to be the best meals.

    Can’t wait to read your EWR recaps.


  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    You’re in good company – I did this very same thing before going to New Orleans last week: barley, arugula/spinach pesto, chick sausage and broiled tomatoes. Yum!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I love rice. I’m going to make something similar tonight.


  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I love any combo of rice, beans and vegetables. And like I so often do, I have a head of cabbage and was in need of inspiration.


  7. Daisy’s avatar

    I love how you whip up the most creative dishes with whatever is lying around. looks so good!


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