Monday, December 1, 2014

Delicious Easy Fried Rice

Happy December, Everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving visiting family and friends before heading back to classes and finals! Or, maybe you are already done with your coursework until 2015--lucky you!

Celebrate giving, friends, contributing to our community and other people, ie remove all focus from ourselves, and, instead, work to bring us and others together! These efforts don't need to be large or loud in order to help someone out or make their day--it's the little things that will make all the difference.


That said, there is no better way to bring folks together than food. Keep it simple. 
Soup. Tortilla Soup. Lentil Soup. Lemon-Orzo Soup. Just to name a few.
Chili. 
Nothing fancy. 

Or, like on today's blog...put your leftovers to good use with a large batch of fried rice. This is not only pure comfort food if you are in the midst of studying and finals, but this will make a enough to share and make someone's day!

This recipe is especially easy if you have leftover rice and meat, because then you just throw it all together. If not, no biggie...you'll just have two extra steps making rice or searing a few chicken breasts, steak or pork. Or, go vegetarian altogether! 

Tip: 
Use Uncle Ben's Minute Rice / Instant rice in a pinch, but be sure that it is completely cooled before starting the recipe.

(Adapted and spiced up from This Is A Cookbook Recipes For Real Life by Eli & Max Sussman)

Super Easy Fried Rice


Equipment:
Large non-stick skillet
Small mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Spatulas



Ingredients:
3 large eggs, scrambled
1-2 cups chicken, pork, beef (optional), seared and chopped
1-2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
5 Tbls vegetable oil
2-3 Tbls soy sauce
Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 cup Green onions, chopped
1-2 tsp siracha or chili sauce (optional)



Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Prep and chop all of your veggies and meats. Set aside.


3. In a small bowl, lightly beat your eggs with a fork.


4. Using the large skillet, heat 1 Tbls of vegetable oil over MEDIUM heat. Add the eggs. Allow to set and cook slightly. Use a wooden spoon to scrap the eggs while they cook. Set scrambled eggs aside.




5. Using the same skillet, heat 2 Tbls of oil and sear the carrot and peas until slightly browned, approx 3-4 minutes. Set aside with the eggs.




6. Continue using the same skillet. Heat remaining 2 Tbls of oil over HIGH heat and add cooled rice in one flat layer. Do not touch for 2-3 minutes. 


7. Try to flip the rice to sear the other side for another 2-3 minutes.


8. Continue cooking rice and stirring with wooden spoon. It should be slightly browned and crispy.
9. Add your eggs, carrots, peas, meat, and green onions.


10. Add soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Adjust flavors according to your taste.



Dig in and share of bowl of comfort and goodness to start the Month of Giving!



Check later for more options on giving.
Will be posting coupons regularly for you to use to spread cheer and make someone's day!!