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Magazine Monday: Vegetable Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

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It has been quite some time since I have written up a Magazine Monday post, now hasn’t it?  I have shared several of these in the past- with hopes of motivating myself to dig (and cook) through what seems like a never-ending pile of recipes torn from magazines.  After a hiatus from my magazine cooking, it is time to dive right back in!

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About a month ago (yes, it took me that long to post about this), I was in need of an easy, fast, yet delicious recipe.  Lucky for me, my dear friend, Vegetarian Times, came to the rescue.  Their January/February issue featured an article dedicated toward “Freezer Pleasers,” or recipes focused on utilizing vegetables and fruits from the frozen aisle of your grocery store.  The first recipe featured- for an Edamame Rice Bowl- instantly caught my eye stomach.  It was centered around loads of hearty and nutrient-rich veggies and served on a base of whole brown rice.  Basically, this was my kind of meal.

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Of course, because it is nearly impossible for me to follow a recipe to a tee, I made a few alterations – and good ones, at that!

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Vegetable Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

*Slightly adapted from Vegetarian Times

Serves 2


water, for cooking
1 14.4 oz bag of your favorite frozen stir-fry blend (mine had broccoli, carrots, celery, water chestnuts, and mushrooms)
1 cup frozen bell peppers and onions blend
1/4 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 TB grated fresh ginger
1/4 to 1/2 cup sesame vinaigrette* (depending on how “saucy” you’d like it!)
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

*I used Trader Joe’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette (fyi, this is not vegan because it contains honey)

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1. Line a large skillet or wok with a thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower heat to medium.

2. Add frozen stir-fry mix, peppers, edamame, and ginger to the pan.  Cover and cook over medium heat for approximately 8 minutes, or until cooked through.  Add additional water, as necessary.

3. Lower the heat to medium-low.  Stir in vinaigrette and cooked brown rice.  Heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.  Add additional vinaigrette, if desired.  Continuing cooking until warm.

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Since I had pre-cooked the rice the weekend prior to making this, the whole dish came together in about 15 minutes and without even having to use a knife.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tend to get really lazy when it comes to chopping vegetables.  No chopping required with this one!  Just dump, grate, stir, pour, stir, and eat.  Pretty darn easy.  And very tasty.

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Past Magazine Monday posts:

Soy-Sesame Lettuce Wraps
Tofu Ramen Soup
Bok Choy with Mushrooms and Red Bell Peppers
Butternut Squash Barley & Cauliflower Rice Risotto

Have you made any recipes from magazines lately?  If so, what have you been cooking up?

What is your favorite “freezer” meal?

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  • meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles February 24, 2014, 5:39 am
    I have a stash of recipes from various magazines as well as the newspaper that I forgot about! I make a stir fry like this all of the time - have you ever tried Trader Joe's Island Soyaki? Makes for a nice marinade as well. I usually use a spoonful of that combined lately with the Sweet Chili Sauce. Delish. And so easy! meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Having Control And Carbon Monoxide ScareMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:04 pm
      I have not tried that, but it sounds amazing combined with sweet chili sauce! I'll definitely be trying that out.
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 24, 2014, 6:37 am
    Magazines like Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times always have the best recipes! I need to start cooking from my pile as well :) Most recently I made a veggie noodle salad from my magazine pile that was pretty tasty! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Avocado-Egg Pizza with Sweet Potato CrustMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:05 pm
      Don't they? Like SO many recipes that I get overwhelmed! ;) A veggie noodle salad sounds tasty! Is the recipe on the magazine's website? If so, you should send me the link :)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat February 24, 2014, 8:32 am
    I used to cook a lot of recipes from magazines all the time. Then I discovered blogs and Pinterest, so that's where most of my recipes come from these days. I was just telling my husband on the other day how I've been dying for stir fry. This looks amazing, and a quick and easy dinner to whip up! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Motivation Monday – Stay True to YourselfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:07 pm
      You should definitely try this one out! It is SUPER easy! And I hear you. The majority of my recipes comes from blogs, too! I have tried to avoid most of Pinterest for fear of becoming obsessed ;)
  • Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog February 24, 2014, 9:02 am
    I love this idea! Do you know how many magazines I have just sitting around because I promised myself I was going to use a recipe from them? Definitely appreciate the simplicity of this dish - it would be perfect for a weeknight dinner! I have a million recipes to cook from magazines but can I just say, I was so disappointed with this month's Food Network magazine! It's normally my favorite food mag, but the theme for this month was BACON. I'm not even a vegetarian, but I don't love bacon so much that I want to read 500 recipes about it! Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog recently posted...Breaking Up (with Social Media) is Hard to DoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:09 pm
      Yeah my magazine recipe pile is out. of. control!! I'm working on it though ;) And seriously?? Bacon?? Silly people!! ;) haha
  • Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition February 24, 2014, 10:22 am
    Ooooh! Bookmarked this! Such an awesome idea.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:10 pm
      Thank you Sunnie!! I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance February 24, 2014, 11:16 am
    Can I just say, your blog redesign is so cute?! I LOVEEEE it. I've gotten swamped with blogs and haven't had the chance to visit yours as much as I would like, but man this is a beautiful new set-up you've got going on :) And yay Asian food, love the water chestnuts.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:10 pm
      Aww, thank you Leslee!! I really like it, too! ;) Aren't water chestnuts SO good? They are definitely one of my favorite parts about stir-fries!
  • Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! February 24, 2014, 1:36 pm
    What a great idea! I need to start doing this with all of the recipes I pin on Pinterest. I tried a few new recipes from Pinterest last week that turned out well including some letuce wraps!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:12 pm
      Yes, you absolutely should! Though I will warn you, you'll never get rid of your collection because it seems like for every recipe I make I add another 5 ;) I LOVE lettuce wraps! I have a few vegetarian recipes for them on here that I really enjoy.
  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 24, 2014, 1:49 pm
    Love the Magazine Monday concept! I am totally guilty of letting food magazines collect dust on my coffee table while I cook other bloggers' recipes :) This stir-fry looks delicious! Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} recently posted...BBQ Cauliflower PizzaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:13 pm
      I totally understand!! I definitely find myself cooking bloggers' recipes FAR more often than those from my magazines. Maybe I should just stop subscribing to magazines.. haha
  • Courtney @RunningforCupcakes February 24, 2014, 5:35 pm
    Oh yum! So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new(ish) vegetarian and always on the hunt for yummy looking recipes!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 6:14 pm
      That is fantastic!! You will definitely find A LOT of vegetarian recipes here, so don't be a stranger! Thanks for stopping by :).
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats February 24, 2014, 6:16 pm
    Yum this looks absolutely delicious!!! Love magazine Mondays :) I'd stopped buying magazines for ages but to help entertain me I've just bought a stack so hoping for some nice recipes. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...5 Ways to cope with an injuryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 24, 2014, 8:05 pm
      Be careful! You are going to have a stack of recipes by the time you get through them all! ;)
  • Jessie February 24, 2014, 9:26 pm
    Looks great! I used to make recipes out of magazines all the time, however ever since pinterest has come into my life - I find most of my meal inspirations from there. Jessie recently posted...Quinoa, Quinoa, QuinoaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2014, 4:02 pm
      Luckily I have not become obsessed with Pinterest...yet...that scares me because I really do not have time for that ;)
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit February 25, 2014, 9:39 am
    I love this idea of posting recipes inspired from magazines! Before I discovered the blogosphere and owned any cookbooks I got all of my food inspiration from magazines. My bf bought me Vegetarian Cooking for Valentine's day and there's a few I've been dying to try! Elyse @ Lizzie Fit recently posted...6 Ways to Make Exercise a HabitMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2014, 4:03 pm
      Gotta love good Vegetarian magazines! Those are definitely my favorite magazine recipes :)
  • Ashley February 25, 2014, 7:19 pm
    This is so my kind of meal too! I love the veggie bags that have water chestnuts - I'm obsessed with them at the moment. And I have the same problem with recipe mags - my pile is ridiculous right now... Ashley recently posted...Spinach and Artichoke Sweet Potato SkinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 27, 2014, 4:04 pm
      Water chestnuts are fantastic!! I love adding them to all of my stir-fries!

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