Last night I made one of my favorite weeknight suppers, easy and very healthy fried rice. I am a big fan of the cooking philosophy: cook once, eat twice or even three times. So last weekend I made a big batch of brown rice (2 cups dry) and Whoa! That’s a lot of rice. I used some of it with the lamb chili with garam masala, then used some more with the cauliflower, potato and pea curry, both totally yummy favorites of mine and good cold winter night eating. When I got home at 6:00 last night after driving through that snowstorm traffic , I had a plan for a quick meal to use up some more of that vat of rice.
First, I took some shrimp out of the freezer. Then I started chopping: 1medium chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves into the sauté pan with 1 tblsp. peanut oil (canola good too), then chopped broccoli and carrots (slice carrots on a diagonal, then cut into matchsticks for quick cooking). Cook the veggies for 3-4 minutes. Beat 2 eggs and scramble into the mixture until cooked, then add 2 cups of the cooked brown rice with a handful or two of frozen peas………stir it up and add 1/3 cup of water, 3 tblsps. of tamari or shoyu soy sauce, and 1-2 tsp. of dark toasted sesame oil (or more to taste). Stir it up and wait a minute or two for peas to heat through and then you are ready to serve. Serve in bowls and top off with any of the following for garnish: chopped scallions, cilantro, peanuts or cashews. Oops! forgot about the shrimp……..sautéed them in a separate pan and added them to rice mixture right before serving. If you don’t want to use 2 pans, sauté your protein before you start the onions and remove to a plate, cover to keep warm.
You can use whatever veggies are in your frig for this dish: red or yellow peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms. It’s a good “use up whatever is in the frig” dish. You can also add chicken or tofu if you prefer. If you like spicy, add some crushed red pepper to the onions as they are cooking .
The 1st best part: there are leftovers for my lunch. The 2nd best part: there’s still more brown rice for tomorrow’s breakfast porridge..recipe for another day.
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