Tuesday, May 19, 2009

goodbye fried chicken, hello fried rice!

* simple supper series *

when i make rice for a dish, i always make extra so that the following evening, i'll have leftover rice for this dish.  i toss in whatever produce and protein i have lying around (the recipe below is based on what i had in my fridge tonight).  its not so much a true fried rice as it is a chinese-takeout inspired rice pilaf.  the best part is that its nearly as fast as ordering take-out and its even more satisfying.

1 medium onion - finely chopped
1/4 cup carrot - diced
1/2 cup broccoli - chopped
handful frozen corn niblets
1/2 cup protein (chicken, pork, beef, tofu - whatever you have leftover in the fridge) - cubed
1-2 eggs - scrambled, cooked, and chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (optional - if you want a spicy kick)
2 cups cooked rice (brown or white)

heat large saute pan over medium-high heat.  add olive and sesame oils.  once oil is hot, add the onions and carrots.  cook 5-7 minutes over medium heat until the veggies are nearly cooked through.  add remainder of veggies, protein, soy sauce and garlic sauce.  saute for 3-5 minutes and then add rice.  at this point, it depends on how "fried" you want your rice.  mix the rice and veggie mix well, toss in the scrambled egg, and cook over medium-high heat until rice is heated through (another 5-7 minutes).  

(title of post taken from a dave chappelle skit)

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