March 30, 2008

Ali's Messy Rice

I made this rice, with the help of Carrie :o), the other week for a dinner party we had with some friends. It turned out quite yummy! The combination of veggies, rice and spices was a feast for the eyes and the stomach. My friend Hannah even used it as a filling for some spring roll-ish creations (sorry! no picture of those, but you can imagine!).

I love that my friends are always so excited to make dinners together-vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike! We all combine our skills and make food that is delicious and even more so because we can share it together. I plan to do a bunch more dinners with friends for Spring Term...which starts TOMORROW!! AH!

I have a pretty full course load this term, so I will be very busy to say the least. I have some AMAZING opportunities though. For one of my classes, I will be planning a journalism public relations conference up in Portland for the UO School of Journalism and Communication. Another class is FLUX, which is the journalism school's annual magazine, which just so happens to be honored with national awards in college journalism every year. We are changing the face of the magazine, and with that came the Business Staff on which I am Marketing Assistant. It's a pretty big deal because FLUX has never had any public relations work, so we have a big responsibility to sell this magazine like never before! We want all of UO to know about it as well as many people as possible. So, definitely check out the website, which will be updated for the new 2008 issue soon! On top of those classes I have a Mass Media Ethics class and Advanced Public Relations Writing...all journalism classes this term! I am also taking 6 hours a week of yoga, which will be so invigorating and rejuvenating after all the school!! In addition to all this, my group, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, for the student-run Allen Hall Public Relations, holds its annual event this term...The Mike Bellotti Silent Auction and Golf Classic. The events should be amazing and plus, they are to raise money for an amazing cause!

OKAY! So, back to Ali's Messy Rice!

2 cups brown basmati rice
1 1/2 cups lentils, steamed
3/4 cup mushrooms (I used button and portabella)
Half an onion
1/2 cup snap peas, halfed
3/4 cup cauliflower
1 cup carrots, cut in small pieces
a couple handfuls of spinach
2 tsp (or to taste) of the following:
Hungarian Paprika
1 tsp Salt
Fresh ground black pepper

Cook rice until tender. Set aside, but keep warm.
Saute the onion and mushrooms in a small amount of olive oil.
Steam the lentils and the other vegetables besides the spinach.
Once everything is all cooked, combine into one large skillet excluding the rice. Add the spices and flip with a spatula to evenly distribute the spices. Add the spinach and allow to wilt a bit, about 3 minutes.
Serve over a bed of the brown basmati rice, and enjoy!

Check back to see my spring break adventures with Tilly and Tofu, the dogs!


Anonymous said...

Yum! I've never had messy rice quite like this. Loving the lentils. =)

Jennifer said...

I love basmati brown rice, mmm. Your messy rice looks and sounds fantastic, and I love the idea of the fusion spring roll. So creative!

Good luck with all the fun (and amazing opportunities) journalism events you are working on.

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Those really ARE amazing opportunities that you are getting in those classes/activities! Wow. That sounds like a really great school to offer so many ways to get involved & gain experience! And the yoga sounds great--I have been looking for classes around me, too.

That rice looks so yummy!

Happy Herbivore! said...

WOW, yum~ I love rice but I never know how to make it into an entire dish... you do! this looks great. I will be trying it very soon!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Good luck with your busy schedule! I love being busy-- it staves away boredom.

And the messy rice looks great; messy meals are awesome!

Carrie said...

You are kicking butt girl! Dang good rice, too.

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

CeciLiA said...

wow awesome blog you have!! Your messy rice looks messily delicious!!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Girl, are you alive? We haven't heard from you forever! :) I hope all is well!

DJ Karma said...

Hi, Ali! just wanted to say thanks for voting for my spanakoptia in the veggie love challenge!

Natalie said...

basmati rice is my absolute favorite! :)