Fried Rice – Dinner? Lunch? Breakfast?

Serves 4

Time: 30 minutes

Music Selection: Cher – Believe

As Dr. Seuss wrote in Green Eggs & Ham, “Would you? Could you?”…. Would you eat fried rice for breakfast? “Believe” it or not — I made fried rice, sunny side up eggs and gyoza for my kids one morning AND… they ate it. In fact, they ate ALL of it… I think curiosity and the amazing aroma overcame all three of them. I have made this for supper before, and as a tip for parents looking for school lunch ideas – fried rice heats up well in a microwave at school but also  will stay warm in a thermos! 

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp oil

2 eggs, mixed well

¼ cup celery, chopped

¼ cup carrot, coined and quartered

½ cup onion, diced

½ cup frozen peas or fresh pea pods cut

½ cup frozen corn

1 cup ham, cooked chicken or cooked pork, diced

Diced green onion to garnish

1 – 2 Tbsp sesame oil

2 – 3 Tbsp soy sauce

5 cups cooked and cooled rice

Salt/pepper

Directions:

In wok or large skillet, heat oil. Add eggs and continue mixing until they cook and are like scrambled eggs. Remove eggs and set aside.

Add a bit more oil to medium high hot skillet, then add carrot, celery, onion, garlic and ginger. Saute’ for several minutes, until the onions soften.

Add the rice and let fry until it gets a bit brown. Do not mix the rice until it starts to brown, or it can get mushy. Mix the rice and continue to let it cook and brown.

Add the sesame oil and continue to fry the rice. Once it is at a texture you like, add the soy sauce. Mix gently and cook for a few minutes. When the moisture from the soy sauce is soaked up, then add the peas, corn and meat. Let heat and stir gently, but not too often. Salt/pepper to taste. Add a bit more soy sauce to taste. Sprinkle green onion  on top.

Serve as a main dish or side dish. I like to serve this with either gyoza or steamed BBQ pork dumplings.

Breakfast tip: serve with sunny side up eggs, gyoza or steamed BBQ pork dumplings.

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