i woke up to a snowy morning here in madison!
usually i don’t mind snowy days because i take the bus anyway. it usually runs late when it’s snowing, but at least i don’t have to drive in it. BUT, i have my yearly doctor appointment *ahem* this afternoon, so i had to drive today!
moving on… yesterday, i shared all of my meals from tuesday. today i want to tell you a little bit more about my “fried” rice method!
in college, my roommates and i ordered chinese food a LOT. i always asked the restaurant to substitute fried rice for the traditional white rice (not the healthiest choice…). but, now that i’m a little bit more health (and budget) conscious, i’ve learned to make my own fried rice!
- 4 cups brown basmati rice (~1.5 cups dry)
- 1-2 T sesame oil
- 1/2 large red onion, diced
- 5 large stalks celery, diced
- 10 button mushrooms, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 eggs
- 2 chicken breasts, grilled and chopped
- ~1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- hot sauce as desired
- in a large frying pan, sautee onion, celery, mushrooms, garlic, spinach, corn, peas until cooked
- clear a space in the middle of the pan and scramble eggs into veggies
- add chicken breasts, cooked rice, and soy sauce and mix
- add hot sauce as desired (i used sriracha)
- keep on heat for 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until all ingredients are warm
i love this recipe because it is so adaptable. you can add pretty much anything you have on hand – tofu, water chestnuts, bamboo, sprouts, broccoli, carrots, and so many other veggies are delicious in it. it can easily be made vegetarian or vegan by leaving out the eggs & chicken. also, if i have it on hand, i like adding chili paste for more heat.
then, i like to mix up how i eat it! it can of course be eaten as is from a bowl (topped with hot sauce if you’re like me!).
or, it can be transformed into spring rolls using rice paper like i did for lunch on tuesday.
i did a little searching because i can’t understand the nutrition info on the rice paper. there are ~20kcal per 6.5 inch rice paper. just fyi!
it also makes great stuffing for a wrap!
i’m sure there are a lot of other ways this can be eaten as well – anyone have a suggestion?
is it snowing where you are?
i love winter and snow, but i’m already getting sick of it. not good since february seems to be the worst month weather-wise in wisconsin. boo.