Vegan “Cheezy” Broccoli Rice (in the Rice Cooker!) and Finding Your Paradise [VEGAN RECIPE]

Good Morning Beautiful People!

Happy Saturday, my friends! Are you going out today? Right now I’m snuggled up in my pajamas with a cup of hot tea and a story to share. Finding your paradise. It can be hard in this day and age to find a place where you want to put down “roots”. I think of my grandparents (on both sides) and reflect how they each purchased a home and stayed there for a long, long time. Nowadays, people move so often. Among my millennial generation, we are the first generation to actually refuse to purchase a home. (I blame the student loan crisis). But I digress.

Whether you own a home or rent a place, finding your paradise is important. It’s necessary to find that geographic location that speaks to your soul. The place that makes you feel alive. Yesterday, I went to that very place….

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“Hold hands, okay baby?” I told my daughter reaching out my hand as I’ve done for years and years now, “this is a working pier. It’s different”. I glanced over and saw my daughter, with her blonde curls and bright smile, bouncing alongside of me. She was over the moon excited. I looked to my right and my husband had his face turned to the steady wind, his soul lighter… more free… and at peace. Unlike the many tourist piers that we had visited, a working pier is different. It’s wider and vehicles often travel on it. There are multi-levels for local liveaboards to come up on the docks from the skiff tie off areas. There are kayakers to watch, seals to marvel at, seagulls who wander around our feet, and fisherman coming in with the day’s catch.

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As we walked along the creaking, wooden boards the questions kept coming from my little one. “And how do you get a mooring, Mom?” she asked. “And how do you park a boat?”… “What if someone takes your spot?”… “And what does that boat do?” she asked pointing at a large fishing boat with poles extended for their nets. I answered each question and she laughed with delight. A large brown and white seagull meandered carelessly around our feet, glancing at us in hopes that we had food to spare.

This is my paradise.

This is the place where I feel most at peace. Where my family is happiest. We turn our face to the wind and feel the salt on our skin. It’s the place where the to and fro of boats means promise for an adventure. We pointed to the edge of the harbor where a sailboat was just leaving going out for a cruise. The mainsail was hoisted and the jib furled. “That’ll be us one day” my husband said proudly and we all grinned.Β So where is your paradise? ❀

And now let’s look at today’s recipe. πŸ™‚

Mr. Noob Chef came across a video on Youtube for a “not fried” fried rice. I was intrigued. Essentially you put everything you need for the dish in the rice cooker, add a bit more water, and let it all come together. Now that’s my kind of cooking, especially on a weeknight. The other night I looked in the fridge and saw my dedicated tofu shelf still full. I was getting pretty tired of regular ol’ stir fry, so I thought we would deep fry the tofu. It was sublime. Between the two of us, my husband and I worked together to form an assembly frying chain. I dipped and battered and he fried it to perfection. As for the rice, we made this Cheezy Vegan Broccoli Rice based upon a boxed version that I used to eat as child. It was delicious and the rice cooker did all of the work! πŸ™‚ I know you’re going to love it too. If you’re not used to nutritional yeast you can always substitute with real, grated Cheddar cheese… but I encourage you to give this Vegan version a try. It’s delicious and a healthy alternative to cheese.

That’s it for now, folks! Stay tuned for more delicious recipes and plenty of adventures! Have a wonderful weekend, keep smiling, and as always, keep on cooking! ❀

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Vegan “Cheezy” Broccoli Rice in the Rice Cooker!Β 

Serves: 6

Ingredients:Β 

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • A dash of salt
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast

Instructions:Β 

  1. Add everything to your rice cooker except the nutritional yeast. (NOTE: I do NOT use a fancy rice cooker. This is the rice cooker I use.)
  2. Add in your 4 cups of water to the rice cooker.
  3. Press the “White Rice” setting (or approximately 35 minutes to cook).
  4. Let it cook! (This is the perfect time to get anything else you want on the plate made πŸ˜‰ ).
  5. Once the rice is cooked, dump everything into a mixing bowl and gently stir to combine without breaking down the rice.
  6. Add in the nutritional yeast to make it “cheezy” and gently mix to combine. Serve hot and enjoy! Yum!

 

Directions in Pictures:Β 

Add everything to the rice cooker including 4 cups of water. Press the “White Rice” setting (or approx. 35 min.) and let it cook!

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Add in the nutritional yeast and mix…..

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Serve hot and enjoy! YUM!

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