Apr 10

Coconut Curry Rice with Grilled Asparagus

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, and Cassandra from Powered By Bling, to create awesome healthy recipes each week!

Today’s theme = Favorite Food Makeover! Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!

This one was actually a little difficult for me, only because I have a tonnnnn of different favorite foods. (But I guess in that respect, it’s also not so hard, because…I can make pretty much anything.)

Confession: I’m still working on finishing off my brown rice stores from…when I first started medical school. I still have a lot left, and I assure you, I’ve been working diligently on them! ;_;

So I’m taking this opportunity to share with you a random dish I threw together while I was living with my friend last month. We were on a mission to use up a crap ton of stuff, since both of us are moving out of our apartments soon-ish (within the next 3 months), and mark my words, we’re gonna get there!

For instance, we’ve made considerable progress on the granola–She had 3 bags, and I had…10 bags of granola (this is why I can’t justify making my own granola yet) and left with 3. Granted, this was because I gave one away and also made us eat granola with Greek yogurt every morning, but…as I said, progress!

I like using day-old rice for this, but it generally works out either way (although the consistency is a little better with day-old rice)! You can leave out the chicken if you want to make it a vegetarian dish! Like I said, I’m trying to use everrrrrything up.

Coconut Curry Rice with Grilled Asparagus



  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 bag frozen veggies, slightly thawed
  • 1-2 tbsp curry paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can shredded chicken
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • sriracha (to taste)


  1. Add curry paste, coconut milk, garlic powder, ground ginger, and brown rice to a rice cooker. Give it a good stir, then press start. (Or cook however you’d normally cook rice without a rice cooker…)
  2. When rice is done, set aside.
  3. Crack 2 eggs into a pan, then mix in vegetables and rice. Let cook, mixing periodically, until eggs have cooked. Add in chicken
  4. Wash asparagus, cut off the ends, and place them in a row on a Foreman grill. Let cook for ~5-8 minutes, or until tender but still with a bit of a snap to it.
  5. Top with sriracha and serve!


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  1. Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness

    Those asparagus remind me of those old greek/roman crowns! Such a creative way to plate them! OMG 10 bags of granola! Haha. I once had a 3 Ibs bag of dates cause I got a good deal. I think my fave spoke dates for over half a year! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I knowwwww, haha. It’s so bad! I actually left it at the shelter because I’m granola’ed out for the time being. I think I’ll be ready to eat it again in July when I move back in though!!

      Good deals are my weakness! 😡

  2. MCM Mama Runs

    Ooh, this sounds good! I have coconut milk in the freezer I need to use, so I think I’ll make this next week. Yum!
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    1. Farrah

      Sweet! :D! I hope you like it! :]

  3. Alanna

    I LOVE a good coconut curry and yours, with the asparagus, sounds delicious! Love how easy this one is 🙂 Happy Friday!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! I have a new rediscovered love for asparagus!! :D!

      Happy Friday to you as well! <3

  4. Rachel G

    I would be lost if I had to cook rice without my rice cooker. Those things are the bomb. Wherever I am, they are a needed appliance in my kitchen! This looks really tasty! My family always ate brown rice when we were growing up, though I’ve noticed on recent visits they seem to have switched to white rice…what happened to the healthy stuff? 😛 I can definitely relate to the need to get creative and empty out a pantry.
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    1. Farrah

      I am most definitely all sorts of lost when it comes to cooking rice without a rice cooker. o_o

      That’s awesome that your family ate brown rice while you were growing up–we grew up on white rice, but I think in more recent years, my parents have been trying to make the switch to brown rice! 😛

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]

  5. Annmarie

    This. Looks. So. Good! I am definitely going to be giving it a try! Oh and I have to agree, this one was hard for me too- I almost made almond butter bread instead of deviled eggs…if I had time, I would have made both 😛
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Annmarie! :D! I hope you like it! (+ looks like we’re gonna have to do another favorite food makeover sometime this year! :P! I wanna make all the things!!)

  6. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    I’ve had a can of coconut milk sitting in my pantry for forever. I have no clue why I haven’t used it. OPPORTUNITY STRIKES
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    1. Farrah

      That stuff never lasts long in my apartment unless I forget that it exists–I’m always so happy when I discover a can here though! <3 It is a magical substance!!

  7. jess O'Neill (Meddows)

    I bet this smells amazing, Farrah 🙂 If anyone wants a veggie version, I reckon some lightly pan fried tofu would go nicely in place of the chicken. Maybe I could convince my husband to eat your chicken coconut rice, might get him eating some more veggies!!!
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    1. Farrah

      I was definitely hanging around closer to the kitchen just so I could smell it while it was cooking! 😛

      Tofu would be awesome! I got some of that recently and keep forgetting to use it–must change that! <3 Thanks for the suggestion! 😀

  8. Rachel

    This looks heavenly!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Rachel! 😀 Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  9. Francesca

    Looks yummy!! Have all the needed ingredients to give it a try 😀
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! I love it when I find recipes like that, haha. Hope you like it if you try it out! 😀

  10. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yum!!!! Love the coconut milk in anything!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! It’s pretty much magical. <3

  11. Cassandra @PoweredByBling

    This is my kind of meal! Quick, easy and topped with Sriracha. I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry and frig to make this for lunch!
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    1. Farrah

      Quick and easy recipes make me super happy, haha. I’m having this for lunch today! :]!

  12. Sarah

    This looks so good! I bet it tastes amazing and full of flavor, can’t wait to try it!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Sarah! I hope you like it! :]!

  13. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    This sounds amazing! I LOVE cooking with coconut milk and curry! I’ll have to try out a vegetarian version with either chickpeas or tofu 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Same here! I really need to cook with chickpeas sometime soon! *-*

  14. Dave @ Blog-rite

    Farrah, what in the world were you doing with 10 bags of granola!! Crazy girl! This dish looks fantastic – love the flavors here 🙂 I have to remind myself to use up my stores of food too, so many lentils and quinoa!
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    1. Farrah

      Everyone’s at least a littttle crazy! :D!?

  15. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Farrah, what in the world were you doing with 10 bags of granola!! Crazy girl! This dish looks fantastic – love the flavors here 🙂 I have to remind myself to use up my stores of food too, so many lentils and quinoa!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s bad, I know! :'( I fell victim to the whole “but it’s on sale!!!” argument. All the bags of granola were those usually super-expensive ones (the super healthy ones with awesome/crazy ingredients that are usually $6-7/bag) and they were on sale for $1-2! I couldn’t say no. :'(

      I did the same with lentils and quinoa, so uh, I need to use that up too, haha.

  16. Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Oh how I wish I had a rice cooker! One day when I have a big kitchen, I’m going to have all the gadgets! Happy Foodie Friday!
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    1. Farrah

      haha, you sound just like me! I want a ginormous kitchen with awesome gadgets someday too! <3

      Happy Friday to you as well, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  17. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    Sounds great Farrah!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Melanie! 😀 Hope you have a great weekend!

  18. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I don’t eat chicken but I would do this with tofu-yummy I love aparagus
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    1. Farrah

      This would be awesome with tofu! :]! I completely forgot that I had tofu, or I definitely would’ve thrown some in!

  19. Jess @hellotofit

    this looks amazing! I love coconut and rice together. I bet the curry gives it a whole other yummy element.
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Jess! 😀 I think Thai food is what first made me adore the combination of coconut + curry so much. <3! I need to make Thai curry sometime...

  20. Sheryl

    Looks absolutely fantastic!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Sheryl! :]!

  21. Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin

    10 bags of granola! Oh my. This dish looks very good. Asparagus is a new favorite of mine. I haven’t’ liked it all my life. In fact I never remember having it as a child at all. Glad I tried it and now love it!
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    1. Farrah

      I knowww. I fell victim to these awesome sales of usually-expensive ($6-7/bag) granola at $1-2 each. ;_; I’m workin’ on it though!

      Asparagus is a new favorite for me too! I was pretty indifferent about it for most of my life. Not sure what changed, but…yay! 😀

  22. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

    This looks so delicious! I love asparagus dishes and I’ve always wanted to try cooking with curry. Great recipe!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Miranda! 😀 I hope you like it if you try it out! If you’ve got any awesome asparagus dish ideas, please send em’ my way! <3

  23. Laura

    Looks delicious Farrah!

    I’m really REALLY bad at eating brown rice. I know it’s good for me, but there’s just something about it… so finding recipes filled with my other favourite things (and brown rice) is always great for me!

    pinning and eating soon!
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you like it! :D! I grew up on white rice, so transitioning to brown rice took a little bit of getting used to, but throwing your favorite things in it definitely makes a huge difference! :]

  24. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Curry paste, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, asparagus…oooh I am hungry again!!! And I just ate an hour ago! Farrah – I love the sound of this dish! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, sorry about that, Shashi! 😛 But I loved the combination! It’s making me not want to branch out and try making new things though! 😡

      I hope you have an awesome weekend too! :]!

  25. Maureen

    This meal sounds delicious! I LOVE LOVE LOVE asparagus!
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    1. Farrah

      Me too! I can’t believe I forgot about it for so long!!

  26. Marcia

    this looks great! I love the idea of coconut curry. Grilled asparagus is my favorite springtime veggie.
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    1. Farrah

      Since my rediscovery of it, it’s definitely become a favorite of mine too! :]!

  27. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    What a perfect little curry! Curry is just the best! And asparagus I always forget about and then have it and fall in love again!
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    1. Farrah

      I always forget about asparagus too, but never again! <3 I love that it's so simple to prepare!! :]

  28. Montana Ross

    I’ll save you the trouble of deciding and I’ll sign you up for your next rotation. It will be in Sarasota Florida, where we have three very nice hospitals you can choose from. I will trade free housing and no utility bills for food. Deal?
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    1. Farrah

      Believe me, Montana! I’m lookin’! <3!! It'd be so awesome to meet you! I've been to Sarasota once (yay, med school interview!), and would love to go back to visit! :] I need beaches in my life!

      I've found several people in Sarasota/Bradenton that I'd love to work with, so if any of them accept me as a student, I will definitely let me know! It'd probably be somewhere in the first half of 2016 though! :O I'll keep you posted?! :D!!

  29. Ariana

    Yummmm you definitely know the way to my heart – curry and asparagus!!! <3 Good luck getting through your rice! 😉
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Ariana! 😀 I’ve been working on ideas to use it all up! 😀

  30. Melanie

    I love coconut rice!! There is a restaurant we visit that has it as a side for fish tacos. So good!!
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, that’s awesome! I wish they had someplace like that here! *-*

  31. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    I am not a huge curry fan, but asparagus cooked any way is good in my book!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’m so glad I rediscovered asparagus in my life! 😛

  32. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth

    I’m moving out of my apartment soon, like in the next 3 weeks, and I have soooo much stuff left over. I almost don’t want to go to the grocery until I get through everything, but I need basics like fruit and milk.
    Good luck with getting through your stuff!
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    1. Farrah

      Ohhh man. Good luck to you! My friends and I had a huge potluck of sorts yesterday evening and that definitely helped to use up a bunch of food! :O

  33. genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Yum, coconut curry is exactly what I need right now!
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    1. Farrah

      It’s definitely my favorite type of curry! 😀

  34. Angie

    This looks delicious! What perfect timing with asparagus being in abundance soon. Pinning!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Angie! I hope you like it! And hooray for in-season vegetables! <3

  35. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Farrah, your photos are amazing- And the recipe just screams delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Arman! My food pictures don’t often end up this pretty, so when it happens, I definitely gotta play it up for all its worth! 😛

  36. Stephanie (@FitMomTraining)

    Sub in some tofu for the meat and I’m sold!
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    1. Farrah

      I need to do that! 😮 I keep forgetting that I have tofu!

  37. Earl-Leigh

    Ummph! I have everything I need to make this recipe. Some serious mouth love will happen with this dish.
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I hope you love it! <3

  38. Sandra Laflamme

    I have never tried coconut curry rice but love curry. This is now on my list of things to try!
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you like it! :D!

  39. Brooke

    I can’t believe how much granola you guys had between the two of you, haha! Granola for days. This recipe looks super yummy, totally making me hungry!


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