Leftovers are different for everyone. For me, I always have vegetables I want to get rid of and cooked brown rice. So one meal I throw together often is Fried Rice. So, my kids love steak. Over the weekend we grilled steak and chicken. We had plenty of both left over. Because, I hate to waste, I constantly am trying to make new meals with whatever is left. I asked the kids what kind of Fried Rice they wanted; Steak, Chicken or Egg. They chose steak. I won’t eat steak as a main meal, but I will in fried rice, because it’s cut up small and cooked very well done. Almost crispy like beef jerky, which for me is tolerable…. Same goes for chicken. The smaller the cut, the crispier and dried out it is. To each their own, right? If they chose egg, It’s simply a protein addition to the dish.
Homemade Fried Rice
- 2 cups of cooked brown rice
- 1/2 green bell pepper – chopped
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper-chopped
- 1/2 medium Vidalia onion – chopped
- 6 large white mushrooms – sliced (not to small because they cook down)
- 2 medium carrots – chopped
- 2 cups (huge handful) of baby spinach
- sunflower or light olive oil (3-4 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- black pepper to taste
- 1-2 cups of chopped leftover meat (steak, chicken, pork) or 2 large eggs
*If you have a wok, great. If not a large frying pan will work just fine. In your wok or pan, heat sunflower or light olive oil on high heat until it’s really hot.
*Place your chopped vegetables (not the spinach) in the wok, stir on high heat for approximately 1 min. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook your vegetables until al dante, not to mushy. Add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and black pepper for flavor. Add spinach, stir and allow to cook for 1 min.
*Place the cooked veggies in a colander to drain the water.
*Go back to your wok, turn the heat to medium high, add more oil (approximately 1-2 tablespoons). Let the oil get hot. Add your meat and cook to desired crisp. *If you are a true carnivore, and can’t stand well done meat skip this. You can add the meat at the very end so that it is warmed up, but not cooked anymore. It’s all about taste preference. If you are using Egg as your source of protein, add 2 whole eggs and chopped them up in the walk.
*Turn the heat down to Medium. Add your cooked brown rice. Stir meat or egg together for 1 min. Do not over cook. or the rice will stick to the pan.
*Turn the burner off, but keep your wok or pan on the burner. Add your cooked, drained veggies to the rice. This would be a good time to add your meat if you choose not to crisp it. Stir together for 1 min. Remove from the burner and cover.
*Let the Fried Rice sit covered for 5 min. so that the flavors can settle.
I like to cut up fresh fruit as a compliment of flavors. Saltiness of the rice with the sweetness of the fruit. Fried Rice and Fresh Fruit are great dishes to serve family style.
This is a very easy and healthy dish to make for dinner. The only labor intensive part, is the chopping. I actually chopped my vegetables beforehand, covered and placed them in the refrigerator. I had to get my son to swimming lessons. Therefore, when we got home afterwards, I could throw everything together and have dinner ready in under an hour. It’s healthy, because it’s all fresh ingredients. The only sodium is in the soy sauce which is minimal. I put the bottle of soy sauce on the table if anyone wanted extra. No one did. It was flavorful enough. The fat content is extremely low. The meat or egg, which adds flavor, and the amount is minimal. The oil is used basically for non stick purposes. Keep in mind brown rice is packed with iron as well as the spinach. If you’d like to add probiotics to this dish, add a scoop of kimchi. (If you haven’t already, check out my previous post and recipe for homemade kimchi) This is just an overall nutritious, well-rounded meal.
Do you create new meals with leftovers? What have you made? Have you made your own Fried Rice?