Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Quick Fried Rice

Here's a quick and easy meal idea. Whenever you have a chance, start some rice cooking. Brown rice takes longer but it's better for you and you can be doing other things around the house while it's cooking. Once it's done, let it sit and cool a bit. Then dump it into a container and add a handful of cashews and some veggies - fresh or frozen. Maybe chop up a carrot and throw in some frozen broccoli and bell peppers. Now put the whole thing in the fridge. You've spent 5-10 minutes of hands-on time so far. Any time you want a quick meal in the next few days, heat a wok or other deep pot over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon or two of oil, then add the rice mixture and stir-fry for about 5 minutes. During the last minute add 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Enjoy.

9 comments:

Karen said...

YUM YUM!!!

GEORGE ALAN FRAMPTON said...

What a good idea! I'm imagining what I have on hand, and know I don't have cashews, but do have walnuts; don't have peppers, but do have some baby bokchoy; and I do have broccoli. I usually make up more brown basmati rice than I need in a meal, and add it to soup, or whatever the next day or two. But, I like your idea a lot.

Mario said...

I like the idea a lot. I've recently discovered that nuts in various dishes can be the difference between making it and breaking it.

Bianca said...

I love fried rice, but my homemade version never turns out as good as the kind in Chinese restaurants...

funwithyourfood said...

do you soak your brown rice? How long? I tried soaking it over night and BOY what a difference
The trouble for me is remembering to soak it
:)
Teddy

jennyfurlynn said...

turns out great with millet instead of brown rice too. i usually add water chestnuts, baby corn and edamame in mine.

koi said...

this is genius, thank you! it's saved me so much time already. i can't have cashews, so i put shelled edamame in there. delicious.

Sarah said...

You know when someone says that one little thing that changes the way you live? Well, I don't want to be over-dramatic, but your post changed my life! =) I'm not much of a cook, really- as I worked in the restaurant business for ten years, I haven't ever really had to bother much with cooking. So I don't know anything about meal planning or saving and freezing portions of things for later use like other people always seem to do. For the last year or two I have been working 9-5 jobs and then coming home to make a whole meal from scratch from a cookbook every night, which is time-consuming and discouraging! It's hard to spend so much time in the kitchen after an 8-hour work day! But I have no idea how to throw together a quick meal- it's just not a skill I ever larned. Last week I read this post and I happened to have leftover brown rice in the fridge, and BAM! Dinner! =) And lunch the next day! And even more for the day after that! =) I had something different on the side each time. =) The rice was DELICIOUS and so very simple. I used walnuts, some frozen mixed veggies, and fresh broccoli and it was brilliant! Thank you so much for helping me add something simple and easy to my repertoire! =) It really has changed my life, and my partner loved it, too! =) Hooray! =)

Chris said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story Sarah! Honestly, this post was something I put up there for what I felt was lack of anything better to post about. I'm so glad it made a difference for you. And for you and anyone else out there who need quick meal ideas I'll try to keep them coming. Or you can just check out the Urban Vegan's posts on 101 quick meals. There's an autumn edition and summer edition.