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Healthy Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli

Healthy Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli

Protein

34g

CARBS

118g

Fat

24g

Cal

828kcal

Prep time

20 minutes

Cook time

20 minutes

Resting time

0 minutes

Total time

40 minutes
A vibrant plate of Healthy Nasi Goreng with jasmine rice, chicken, shrimp, charred broccoli, and golden roasted cashews, garnished with fresh spring onions.
Embrace a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing flavor with our Deliciously Healthy Nasi Goreng. This dish marries the aromatic charm of jasmine rice with the nutritional powerhouse of charred broccoli and roasted cashews, creating a harmonious blend that's as nourishing as it is delicious. Perfect for a fulfilling family meal or a special treat for health-conscious food lovers!

As someone who adores the intricacies of Indonesian cuisine, I’ve always been captivated by Nasi Goreng – a dish that echoes the vibrant spirit of Southeast Asia. It’s a comforting staple in many homes, mine included. But as I journey through health-conscious eating, I decided to give this beloved dish a nutritious makeover. Allow me to share with you my version: the Deliciously Healthy Nasi Goreng with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli.

The Essence of Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng has been a fixture in my kitchen, the go-to dish for a quick, flavorful meal. Traditionally, it’s a melody of sweet, spicy, and savory, brought to life with kecap manis, shallots, garlic, tamarind, chili, and terasi. It’s often paired with protein like chicken or shrimp, making it a hearty meal.

A Healthier Approach

In my quest to make this dish align with my healthy lifestyle, I kept its aromatic soul intact but introduced more nourishing ingredients. I chose jasmine rice for its delightful fragrance, but you could easily swap it for brown rice. The stars of my version are the charred broccoli and roasted cashews, which not only add beautiful textures but also a wealth of vitamins and healthy fats.

Ingredients & Variations

My kitchen is always stocked with fresh produce, and this dish is a celebration of that. Carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, chicken, and shrimp make up the core ingredients. I love how each component contributes not just flavor but also nutritional value. For my vegetarian friends, I recommend tofu and tempeh as excellent protein substitutes. And on days I go low-carb, cauliflower rice is my savior.

Cooking with Love

Making Nasi Goreng is like a dance in the kitchen. It begins with the sautéing of onions and garlic, followed by the cooking of chicken and shrimp. Once they’re set aside, the vegetables take the stage. The fragrance that fills the kitchen as the jasmine rice blends with soy and homemade chili sauce is heavenly. The eggs, scrambled gently on the side, then folded in, bring everything together.

The Flavor Profile

What I adore about this dish is the complexity of flavors. The soy sauce and chili sauce create a savory foundation, against which the sweetness of the jasmine rice shines. The crunch of the cashews and the smokiness of the broccoli add layers of texture that make each bite exciting and unique.

Nutritional Benefits

This isn’t just a dish that pleases the palate. It’s a nutritional powerhouse. The broccoli brings in a dose of vitamins C and K, while cashews offer healthy fats. The combination of chicken and shrimp ensures a good protein intake. It’s a plate full of goodness that nourishes the body and soul.

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this Nasi Goreng fresh from the stove. It’s versatile enough for any meal – a hearty breakfast, a fulfilling lunch, or a comforting dinner. A side of cucumber salad or a light soup complements it beautifully.

Conclusion

My journey with Deliciously Healthy Nasi Goreng with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli is more than just about cooking. It’s about embracing the flavors of Indonesia while adapting to a healthier lifestyle. This dish is a testament to the fact that health and taste can coexist harmoniously. I invite you to try this recipe, to let the blend of flavors and nutrients take you on a delightful and wholesome culinary adventure.

A vibrant plate of Healthy Nasi Goreng with jasmine rice, chicken, shrimp, charred broccoli, and golden roasted cashews, garnished with fresh spring onions.

Healthy Nasi Goreng with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli

Indulge in our Healthy Nasi Goreng, a vibrant fusion of aromatic jasmine rice, roasted cashews, and charred broccoli, creating a perfect balance of flavor and nutrition in this classic Indonesian dish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 0 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4
Calories 828 kcal

Equipment

  • Wok
  • Cutting Board
  • Chefs Knife
  • Wooden Spatula
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 500 g Jasmine rice (cooked, chilled, preferably a day old)

Meat & Dairy

  • 200 g Chicken thighs
  • 150 g Shrimp (raw, peeled, deveined, tail on)
  • 2 Large Eggs

Vegetables

  • 150 g Red Capsicum
  • 150 g Broccoli (cut into florets)
  • 50 g Carrots
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 10 g Garlic (minced)
  • 150 g Onion
  • 50 g Spring onions (sliced)
  • 50 g Cashews (roasted until golden)

Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp Tamari Soy Sauce (or similar 'gluten free' soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black pepper

Instructions
 

Prepare Ingredients

  • Use your fingers to break up the cold 500 g Jasmine rice.
    Dice 200 g Chicken thighs and all vegetables (150 g Red Capsicum, 50 g Carrots, 150 g Onion).
    Slice the 50 g Spring onions.
    Ensure the 150 g Broccoli is cut into small florets.
    Whisk the 2 Large Eggs in a mixing bowl.

Cook Protein

  • In a wok or large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp Olive oil.
    Roast 50 g Cashews until golden. Set aside.
    Cook 200 g Chicken thighs and 150 g Shrimp until done, then set aside.

Stir-Fry Vegetables

  • In the same wok, add the remaining 1 tbsp Olive Oil.
    Sauté 10 g Garlic and 150 g Onion until fragrant.
    Add 50 g Carrots, 150 g Red Capsicum, and 150 g Broccoli, cooking until just slightly charred and tender.

Add Greens and Nuts

  • Stir in 1 cup Spinach and roasted 50 g Cashews, cooking until the spinach wilts.

Scramble Eggs

  • Push ingredients to one side.
    Pour 2 Large Eggs on the other side and scramble.

Combine

  • Add cooked rice, chicken and shrimp.
    Stir in 1 tbsp Tamari Soy Sauce, 3 tbsp Fish sauce and 2 tbsp Chili sauce.
    Mix well.

Final Touches

  • Season with ½ tsp Salt and ½ tsp Black pepper.
  • Stir in 50 g Spring onions before serving.

Notes

Recipe Variations:

  1. Vegetarian Version:
    • Replace chicken and shrimp with 200g of firm tofu and 150g of tempeh, both diced.
    • Increase the variety of vegetables by adding 100g of diced eggplant and 100g of sliced mushrooms.
  2. Seafood Delight:
    • Substitute chicken with an additional 200g of mixed seafood like squid and scallops.
    • Enhance the flavor with a sprinkle of seaweed flakes just before serving.
  3. Low-Carb Option:
    • Replace jasmine rice with 500g of cauliflower rice for a low-carb alternative.
    • Increase the amount of broccoli to 200g to add more bulk to the dish.
  4. Spicy Kick:
    • Add 1-2 finely chopped red chilies or 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the recipe for extra heat.
    • Incorporate 1 tablespoon of sambal oelek or hot chili paste with the chili sauce.
  5. Kid-Friendly:
    • Reduce the chili sauce to 1 tablespoon or omit it for a milder flavor.
    • Add sweet corn and peas, each about 100g, for a sweeter taste and more colorful presentation.
  6. Vegan Delight:
    • Omit the eggs, chicken, and shrimp. Use 200g of firm tofu and 150g of mixed beans (like kidney beans and chickpeas) instead.
    • Use a vegan-friendly soy sauce and ensure the chili sauce is vegan.
  7. Thai Fusion:
    • Replace half of the soy sauce with 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste for a tangy flavor.
    • Add 100g of Thai basil leaves at the end for a distinct Thai aroma.
  8. Protein Boost:
    • Add 200g of diced lean beef or pork alongside the chicken.
    • Stir in a handful of edamame beans or green peas for an additional protein punch.
  9. Mediterranean Twist:
    • Replace chicken with 200g of lamb, and add a teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder.
    • Swap cashews with toasted pine nuts and add a handful of chopped olives.
  10. Winter Warmer:
    • Add 100g of diced sweet potatoes and 100g of butternut squash for a hearty, warming variation.
    • Include a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for a subtle, warming spice.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Nasi Goreng with Roasted Cashews & Charred Broccoli
Amount per Serving
Calories
828
% Daily Value*
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Carbohydrates
 
118
g
39
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sodium
 
1857
mg
81
%
Cholesterol
 
191
mg
64
%
Potassium
 
920
mg
26
%
Vitamin A
 
4538
IU
91
%
Vitamin C
 
92
mg
112
%
Calcium
 
145
mg
15
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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