Saturday, July 11, 2009

homemade fried rice

We used to eat out a lot, but over the last few years, as we've become more aware of and interested in where and how our food is grown and raised, we've started cooking at home a lot more, and eating out much less. Though I still enjoy going out once in a while (especially to restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients and offer healthy dishes), most days we find it more fun to cook our own versions of former take-out favorites, incorporating lots of local, organic, and natural ingredients. There are added bonuses to eating this way - not only can we control the "health factor" of our food (adding less salt, oil, etc. to our meals, and having more reasonable portions than we'd get at lots of restaurants) - but also, I find most times that cooking in costs far less per meal than eating out. All good!!

So for lunch today, we felt like Chinese food - and R made homemade vegetarian fried rice. Thought I'd share the recipe. It has a lot of steps, but each one is very quick, so it doesn't take long to make at all. There's more "prep time" than actual "cook time."

To make enough for a hearty meal for two, you need:

3 cups leftover rice (we use white, but I'd think brown would work well too) - it's best if the rice has cooled overnight in the refrigerator
Vegetable oil
About half a large onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 egg
Small/medium head of broccoli
Large handful of snap peas
Dark soy sauce

1. Crack the egg into a small bowl, stir it up, and then fry it in a little oil, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks (like making a scrambled egg, but with no milk) - when done, set aside on a small plate or bowl -

2. Also fry up the onion until it's almost tender, but still has a crunch to it - then set aside with the egg -

3. Meanwhile, as the egg and onion are cooking, steam or fry the peas and the broccoli until bright green (we saute the peas, and steam the broccoli in the microwave -whatever works for you to set their color and just barely cook them should be fine) -

4. When the broccoli and peas are done, add to the "pile" with the onion and egg -

5. Then, once all that is done, in a large pan (or a wok if you have one - we don't), heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the rice, and fry, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes -

6. Now for the fun part! Keeping the rice on the heat, add 2 tbsp dark soy sauce to the pan, and stir until it's well mixed with the rice. Then quickly add the veggies, and stir to mix and heat everything together. Add a little more soy sauce as you go, if needed.

7. Serve, and enjoy!


*Michelle* said...

This is a regular at my house-- even the picky teenagers will eat it. I usually add cooked bacon, ham or chicken, sesame oil, many more eggs & green onions near the end of cooking & skip the diced. Your basic steps are right on, though! :)

Colleen said...

Bacon... I can see my husband totally loving that idea!!
Thanks for your comment!
Colleen :-)

Life Looms Large said...

That looks really delicious! (I don't think that's my 3 days of dorm food talking, but I can't be totally sure til I get back home!)

Nice new blog header!! Looks great!


Colleen said...

Thank you, Sue!
And I think after 3 days of dorm food, I'd definitely be hungry, and ready for some home cooking!!