As promised, here’s the recipe for the fried rice featured in the last post. The great thing about this recipe? It’s cheap and easy. Oh, and delicious too!
Super Easy Fried Rice
2 cups cooked rice (see Note 1)
Jen’s stir fry sauce
veggies of your choice, ~4 cups (see Note 2)
4 eggs, scrambled
2 sprigs green onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: choice of meat, diced and cooked (I like ham)
- Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Stir fry vegetables in the order of how long it take for them to cook. For instance, I started with broccoli, let them cook for a few minutes, and then added carrots. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and put veggies aside in a bowl.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in same skillet. Add green onions and garlic, saute until fragrant. Push them aside and add the egg. Cook the egg, scrambled. When the eggs are 80% done, add the rice. Try to coat some of the rice with the uncooked egg. Mix eggs, rice, and green onions for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the sauce to the mixture and mix thoroughly. Allow some of the liquid to evaporate and the rice to appear dry.
- Add the veggies (and meat). Mix thoroughly and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Note 1: It is better to cook the rice a day in advance and store it overnight in the fridge. This prevents the rice from being too sticky and becoming a big mush ball.
Note 2: If you are lazy/cheap/short on time, then a package of frozen veggies will do the trick. I like using mixed veggies (carrots, corn, and peas). My sister made fried rice once with Trader Joe’s frozen edamame. It was yum!
OK, as for the second item on the agenda: remember that project I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? The one that I was going to execute during my Period of Official Unemployment (aka POU)? Well, here’s the official announcement! Actually, it’s only a half announcement. Allow me to explain: I wanted to do a cookbook project a la “Julie and Julia” except not so intense. So I went online and bought a cookbook that I’ve had my eye on for over a year — The New Best Recipes by the good people at Cooks Illustrated. Now the question is, what is the project exactly? Here are a couple of my ideas:
- Recipe Mash-Up. (Idea contributed by ZB.) Basically, because the recipes are technically perfect, my goal would be to put two disparate recipes together.
- Theme-based cooking. For example: “Everything zucchini”, “Going back to my roots (vegetables)”, “Chocolate at every course”, “Getting (pot) lucky.” (Sorry for the horrible puns, I couldn’t help myself.)
- Recipes that actually take less than one hour, from start to finish. And not from cans or prepared foods either.
Do you have any thoughts or ideas? If so, I’d love to hear them. Please leave them below in the comments.