August 8, 2012

Ramped Up Rice


Howdy! Happy Hump Day everybody!  Today’s post is all about ramping up the everyday, regular-schmegular and otherwise ordinary ingredient of white rice.  My solution? 

Homemade fried rice.




I have made tried to make fried rice before and I got mixed reviews.  It was “okay” but not great and definitely not as good as some versions you can get at restaurants. 

Well, after finding a recipe on Pinterest (of course) that came from a blog called Life as a Lofthouse (they do a Menu Monday, too!), I thought I would give it another go.  It passed all of my recipe tests (inexpensive ingredients, simple instructions, quick cooking time) so it made it on the menu, and boy am I glad!

It was better (in my opinion) than any restaurant version I have ever had and I loved that I could control the ingredients and amount of sodium that went in.  The flavors melded perfectly and I love the extra kick that the garlic added.




Fried rice, although it looks fancy (or fancier than just plain white rice), is as easy as 1,2,3; and well worth the few extra steps.  Trust me, your belly will love it – I know Mike’s did.

Here’s how:

Fried Rice

Print this recipe!

3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)

3 T sesame oil (olive oil works also)

1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)

1 small onion, chopped

2 t minced garlic

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce




On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.  Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender.




Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled.






Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated. Voila! 

**You could really play around with this rice too! Try adding an assortment of other fillers:  green and red peppers, ham, green onion, corn, etc.





Want to know what is better than fried rice? 

Fried rice topped with Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken – this dish literally tasted like we were eating at a 5 star restaurant, maybe even better.




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