Second Life Fried Rice
My “Second Life Fried Rice” Recipe
I often find myself with an abundance of leftover cooked rice. I make batches of it ahead of time to use in my morning porridge, to have as a side with protein dishes, and to accompany sautéed vegetables—but it’s tricky to predict exactly how much I’ll want at any given time.
Thankfully this bounty is a happy circumstance, since a little extra rice can always be put to good use. Here’s one delicious way.
2 - 3 cups leftover rice (wild and brown are my favorites)
3 to 5 eggs
½ onion, chopped
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or thinly sliced
2 - 3 cups veggies (carrots, broccoli, celery, fennel, green beans—whatever you’ve got!)
½ - 1 cup canned green peas (always buy cans with BPA-free lining)
Tamari (wheat-free soy sauce) to taste
Two frying pans
Heat the untoasted sesame oil in the pan
Sauté the onion and garlic in one pan, vegetables in the other. Once they’re done to your liking (I prefer mine brown at the edges), combine them into one pan.
Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl with 1 tablespoon untoasted sesame oil, then fry it in the empty pan like you’re making an egg pancake. After a couple of minutes, gently break it up with a spatula.
Add the sautéed veggies, rice, green peas, and tamari sauce to the eggs and cook for a few more minutes
Enjoy your rice’s second life!
If you don’t have leftover rice on hand, you can cook some just for this recipe (of course :)
Tamari is usually salty enough for me, but add a little sea salt at the end if you like.
I like to mix this simple recipe up each time I make it, with different types of rice and various veggies. If you want to spice things up, this is a great dish to experiment on! Especially if you’re new to certain spices, you can even try sprinkling a tiny bit of them onto individual bites as a taste test.
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