Have extra vegetables in the fridge and don’t know what to do with them all? Need a meal that’ll last a few days and makes great leftovers? Make some dank fried rice!
A family friend taught me how to make fried rice when I was little and I always remembered how quick of a dish it was to make. It wasn’t until recently though that I started making fried rice often, but it’s definitely become a favorite meal in my house because it’s easy and everyone likes it.
I recommend always having rice on hand in the pantry and some low-sodium soy sauce. I also find having chopsticks at home is great. Not only are chopsticks appropriate for Asian dishes, but I also use them as a tool when cooking, instead of using tongs. Chicken, or some meat, or tofu are optional for this dish.
-1 cup cooked rice, cooled
-2tbs Canola oil, coconut oil, or sesame oil
-soy sauce (low-sodium)
-5 cloves garlic
-2 carrots, chopped
-2 green onions, chopped
-Ideas for additional vegetables:
-1 head of broccoli or cauliflower
-bok choy or other leafy green vegetables, like pea shoots, kale, etc.
1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-medium high heat. When hot, add half the garlic and the leafy greens. Add a couple tablespoons of water to the pan and cover, allowing the greens to steam for a few minutes. *see below*
2. Once wilted, remove greens from pan using a slotted spoon and keep in a medium or large bowl.
3. Add more oil to the pan if necessary. Add the rest of the garlic, carrots, and any other vegetable, like broccoli, with a tiny bit of water. Add pepper. Cover and allow to steam for about five minutes, or until soft. Once cooked, remove the vegetables from the pan and add to the bowl of cooked leafy green vegetables.
4. Crack the eggs in a small bowl and beat with a whisk. Add the eggs to the pan and scramble. Once scrambled, turn the heat to medium-low and add the rice, and cooked vegetables. Add the green onions and add soy sauce, tasting as you pour.
How easy is that?? Now you have meals to get you through the next day or two!
*If you plan to cook some chicken or meat with the dish, I cook the chicken in the pan with oil first before starting the vegetables. Once cooked, I remove the chicken using a slotted spoon, and the add the garlic and vegetables to the pan. Once the rice and everything is combined, I then add the chicken in.