Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of those staples in life to me. I love it beyond words but rarely will make it myself. Now that I'm trying to do more "clean eating" I decided perhaps now was the time to whip up a batch instead of purchasing premade stuff or ordering out. Making my own not only allows me to know exactly what's in it but change it up however I want in order to make it mine. Here's what I did today!

Fried Rice

1/2 Vidalia Onion (I used vidalia because I adore these & they're in season, OH SO SWEET too!)
4 Cups pre-cooked rice (I mixed some organic white & brown rices that I had made the other day)
2 Eggs
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons organic dried pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste (careful with the salt because soy tends to add salt)
2 Tablespoons oil (I use an organic sesame or extra virgin olive)
1/8 cup frozen peas (I had some organic frozen peas .. funny part is I'm not a pea fan but decided to try this)
1/8 cup frozen edamame (these are baby soy beans that I also found organic & frozen - see the picture to the left)
1/8 cup frozen diced carrots (again organic and from the freezer section)
*NOTE: the measurements of the veggies (carrots, peas & edamame) are estimated... I basically used literally a palm full of each which I figure to be between 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup... face it you can't really have too much of these can you and you can add other veggies of your choice or omit what you don't like.

  • In bowl whip up eggs with a little salt & pepper, set aside.
  • Place oil in fry pan & heat up. Add frozen veggies to the oil along with diced onion. Stir regularly until veggies are almost completely unfrozen & onion is clear. Stir in crushed peppers. Salt & pepper to taste.
  •  Slowly pour eggs into mixture, stirring and breaking up until small pieces. 
  • Add rice & soy sauce to entire mixture and stir continuously until cooked through.
Serves 4

*Note: You can make this your own by adding whatever you like. I tend to usually add extra carrots as I love them and onions. I rarely will add any meats, just not what I really like, but you can easily add some cooked meats to the rice and heat through. Make sure the meats are pre-cooked and you just toss into the mixture. Some good meats to add are antibiotic free lean beef strips, chicken strips or diced, or even some leftover pork chops (although I'm trying to omit most porks from my diet at this point).

This also freezes nice. I put in ziplock bags and then when I want I can pull it out and microwave them (put a few slits in the corners of the bag & lay it flat) to reheat. Reheats very well.. IF you have any left over! LOL

When I can't create my own Chinese my all time, ultimate favorite way to get some GOOD Chinese food is via Kahiki. They straight out are the BOMB and offer a "Naturals" line with no preservatives, organic ingredients, antibiotic free meats, minimal processing and more! Check them out HERE and believe me, I haven't found one item they make that I don't love! I wiped out some of their General Tso Chicken the other day!

Wish me luck! And please feel free to comment and share ideas for trying to live and eat "clean"!

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