What a lazy weekend I had!! Between sleeping and watching The Walking Dead (already in season 5), there’s not much to tell. We were supposed to go to the gym yesterday but it was snowing, and who wants to exercise with that weather, not me!! Although I admire committed people who exercise no matter what.
Instead we watched “Into the Storm” and despite some bad acting, the visual effects were pretty good. I’m new to Midwest weather and tornadoes, so last summer when the tornado alarm went off in our town for the first time, I was REALLY scared!! After that I downloaded every tornado app available, and the next time there was a tornado warning, my cellphone sounded like the apocalypse was coming. Thank God we didn’t watch this movie back then!
There must be some sort of connection between tornadoes and Chinese food, ’cause when the movie ended I was craving it. We didn’t want to go out, so I opened my fridge, grabbed what I had, and whipped this really easy and quick fried rice (under 30 minute meal!). Here’s the recipe!!
Start by cooking 2 cups of white long-grain rice. In a bowl, whisk two eggs, 1 teaspoon of low-sodium soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil. Heat 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over medium high in a wok or a pan and pour you egg mixture, the idea is to make an omelet. Then cut the omelet in small pieces and transfer to a plate.
In the same pan, heat 1 more teaspoon of vegetable oil, add 1 carrot (chopped in small pieces) and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Then add 2 chopped green onions and stir fry for 2 minutes. Now add 1/2 cup of frozen peas (if you want to add more frozen vegetables now it’s the time!) and stir fry for 2 more minutes or until tender. Incorporate the omelet pieces (don’t you love all those colors)
By this time your rice should be ready, throw it in the pan with the rest of ingredients and mix. Add 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of Oyster sauce (find it on the oriental aisle of your local market). The oyster sauce has a soft sweetness that takes this dish to another level. Toss until everything is throughly combined, serve and eat up like there’s no tomorrow!!
I served this fried rice as a side dish for an orange chicken recipe I’m working on, which BTW sucked and almost burned my kitchen, but if you want to serve the rice as a main dish you can add some protein, like chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or all of them! Just cut them in bite size pieces, season with 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch. You have to cook your protein first, set aside and proceed with the rest of the recipe. If you are using more than one protein, be sure to season and cook them separately.
There you go, easy and quick fried rice for those days when you crave chinese food, but don’t want some oily take out.
Today we are going to the movies to see American Sniper (5 dollar Tuesdays’ rock!!) Have you seen it already? I hope you had a great weekend (at least more productive than mine, lol!) See you soon!!