Salmon and Asparagus Fried Rice

Hidden veggies: asparagus

Power ingredients: brown rice, quinoa, salmon, eggs

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. However, it can be quite fibrous for some palates. As you know, I am constantly on a mission to see how to make such vegetables more 'palatable'. The other day, my son randomly goes, "Mommy, I am getting a hang of this green stuff - he was of course referring to the kale and basil pasta that both my kiddos ADORE and secondly, the green smoothie with spinach, honey, bananas, walnuts and strawberry yogurt.

Salmon and Asparagus Fried Rice with Basil and Light Coconut Milk

So, a lightbulb went on! Duh - why can't you have green rice? Of course you can. I have learned that the best way to please your child's or husband's (well there's a story here - my mister didn't know the difference between ginger and garlic until I kept adding it to the grocery list and quizzed him on it; I would ask him to help me get ginger from the fridge until one day finally it dawned on him that the onion looking bulb thingy is garlic and the root looking thingy is ginger. Phew, hey one battle at a time, right? :) )

The spicy version for the adults

The other thing you know about me by now, is I have to use all available hands to help me in the kitchen. And yes, my favorite partner is my 7 year old - he just wants to be a famous "cooker" like Bobby Flay. Call me a bad mom, but I don't correct him. Isn't 'cooker' SO much cuter than the stuck up 'chef' ;)

Marinade for the salmon: 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp brown sugar, 2 tsp rice vinegar, kosher salt, fresh black pepper

Mix the marinade

Mix in the salmon

Mix in the salmon

Lay them out in a baking tray

Lay them out in a baking tray

Bake at 425 degrees farenheit for about 12-15 mins. I believe in high heat for a short amount of time. (The Bobby Flay mantra - from what I understand)

Bake at 425 degrees farenheit for about 12-15 mins. I believe in high heat for a short amount of time. (The Bobby Flay mantra - from what I understand)

For the fried rice, you would need 1/2 cup of red onions, 5 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch of spring onions - the tops and bottoms separated as above, a handful of basil leaves

Saute some garlic in 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Saute some garlic in 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Add the green stuff - first the green onions chopped white parts, basil and asparagus, stir for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat, and then empty into a bowl to blend for later use

Add the green stuff - first the green onions chopped white parts, basil and asparagus, stir for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat, and then empty into a bowl to blend for later use

Saute the onions and red chillies

Mix in the 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 tbsp of chinkiang vinegar, and 1/2 tsp of fish sauce

Add the cooked brown rice and quinoa, 1 can of light coconut milk, and stir it all up! The key to any fried rice or asian noodle dishes is to stir in a wok on a medium high heat. You want to quick-caramelize it all, and not sweat the stuff in the pan. BIG difference in the taste profile! 

Add the cooked brown rice and quinoa, 1 can of light coconut milk, and stir it all up! The key to any fried rice or asian noodle dishes is to stir in a wok on a medium high heat. You want to quick-caramelize it all, and not sweat the stuff in the pan. BIG difference in the taste profile! 

Pour in the greens sauted earlier, blended smoothly

And there it is!

I live for the 'thumbs-up'!

We like some heat, so after taking some off for the kids, I pour it all right back into the pan and add some crushed red pepper, and the green onions for added 'freshness'! Stir it on high heat for a minute and then take it off the stove. 

See the color difference ?

See the color difference ?

Hope you get to try this out! I would love some feedback, so don't forget to leave a comment. Thanks for visiting this blog!!