The Delicious Recipe I Learned From the Creator of Dilbert


I just finished reading a terrific book by Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert). I’ve always been a fan of Scott’s, and am surprised it took me so long to read his life story. It’s titled, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.

He discusses a variety of valuable life topics that can benefit almost anyone. One part in particular covered the “system” mindset of healthy eating. (He goes much deeper into the difference between systems and goals, and stresses the importance of not having goals).

Very briefly, he mentioned a nutritious homemade meal that he eats a few days per week for lunch. It consists of brown rice, quinoa, edamame, and carrots. Even though I never really eat quinoa or edamame, the meal intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try.

Since it’s not a cookbook, he didn’t offer a step by step recipe. This prompted me to rely on a quick Google search to find something similar to use as a framework.

With a few minor tweaks for flavor,  I can tell you that this is a simple meal that I now intend on making regularly.

Here’s the basic recipe…

  • 1 cup of brown rice (here’s the kind I happened to have on hand)
  • 1 cup of red quinoa (from Trader Joe’s)
  • One tray of cooked edamame (also from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 heaping cup of shredded carrots
  • Chopped green onions
  • Minced garlic

Separately cook the rice and quinoa (for simplicity I actually pondered whether or not I could cook them together, but decided against it).

Once they’re finished, toss them both into a large mixing bowl and add the edamame, carrots, green onion, and garlic. Stir it all together.

I added a few splashes of soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce (first time I’ve ever used it), and sesame oil for flavor.

If Scott Adams happens to stumble across this article, please accept my apologies for butchering your actual recipe. I welcome all corrections (and mockery if yours is much better).

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