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Planning a Special Night with an Exquisite Rice Dish

Find a way of enjoying a balanced lifestyle. It is time to make more time and get to planning a special night for you and your loved one.

Surprise your partner with an unexpected and delicious dinner

Sometimes, daily routine, house chores, work, kids, and errands leave you with no time. Maybe you do not think that too much, but you forget to pamper yourself and your marriage or relationship.

You cannot let your responsibilities consume all your time. Find a way of enjoying a balanced lifestyle. For this, it is time to make more time and plan a little surprise for you and your loved one.

Planning the surprise

Please do not make planning this little surprise another burden to your routine. You do not need much; making an exquisite meal will do the trick.

For starting, choose a random night of the week; it may be that day you know your partner can get home earlier and with no worries. Then, find someone who takes care of your children for 2-3 hours. You can leave them at a friend’s house, or some relatives’, or ask the nanny to take them to the cinema.

You know you can have your house for yourselves, plan the menu. It has to be something easy to cook yet delicious.

Choosing the menu

When thinking about what dishes will please your loved one, quick and easy preparations must be in your mind. Remember this is the time for pampering and relaxing. It is not the occasion for trying new and intricate dishes.

The menu must consist of dishes you know how to prepare but with a twist to make them remarkable. Make it simple: a light entrée, a hearty main course, and a comforting dessert, all of these accompanied by a light wine.

If you do not know what to cook; your favorite dishes will inspire you. Then, you must think of the ingredients and the time for cooking.

Rice to the rescue

I bet you have some dishes you are used to cooking from time to time for special celebrations. Among them, rice excels as the common ingredient.

Rice is one of those staples that families always count on. Its versatility and ease of cooking make it possible to create delightful dishes in less time.

Rice is something that you cook almost daily. So, you know how to cook rice. For this occasion, you can use your knowledge of rice cooking but add different seasonings (international flavors) and create a whole new superb dish.

For example, check these shrimp and white rice recipes or different fried rice recipes, and you will find out how easy and fast it is to prepare outstanding rice dishes.

The day is coming

When the day comes, try to leave work earlier to go to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients. Make sure you have enough time to get home before your partner. Include time for preparing dinner, dressing, and makeup for the occasion.

Here, you have an easy rice dish you can try or use as inspiration. It has cooked rice, so you can save more time using leftover rice.

Thai rice bowl

What You’ll Need

  • 1 sliced Thai red chilies.
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  • 2 sliced chicken breasts.
  • Kosher salt to taste.
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • 1 diced carrot.
  • 2 minces cloves of garlic.
  • 2 chopped scallions.
  • 1 teaspoon of minced ginger.
  • 2 cups of cooked white rice.
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce.
  • 1 beaten egg.
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish.
  • Lime wedges for garnish.

What You’ll Do

  1. In a bowl, mix chilies and fish sauce. Reserve.
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a saucepan and heat at medium temperature. Add seasoned chicken breast, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the saucepan and set aside.
  3. Add another tablespoon of vegetable oil. Incorporate carrots, garlic, scallions, and ginger. Cook for 10 minutes and stir occasionally.
  4. Add cooked rice in small batches. Make sure all ingredients combine very well.
  5. Pour fish sauce mix and oyster sauce. Cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Place rice preparation on a side of the saucepan, and add the beaten egg. Cook and combine all ingredients.
  7. Incorporate chicken breast and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges at the top.

Notes: As an entrée, you can serve a cucumber salad. For dessert, try a lemon pie. And don’t forget a chilled Riesling or Chenin Blanc to accompany such a delicious dish on that special occasion.

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