So the other day my son says, “Can you make the fried rice with only egg and chicken?”
“Why yes, son,” I said. “I can make fried rice with only chicken and egg. But I won't.”
“Why do you think?”
“Because you want us to eat our vegetables?”
Bingo! And for that you earn an extra helping of overly enriched, veggie heavy fried rice. Light on the fried. I'm sorry, I can't help myself – too long in the tooth and even longer at the stove – to hide produce in the dessert. It is what it is. On the other hand, a little salty soy goes a long way down the hatch if you know what I'm saying. So I lace up the brown rice with this week's vegetables, plus onions and carrots and whatever protein is on hand with soy sauce and serve.
While it won't win any awards in the great kitchens of China, it is a great way to get everyone to eat their vegetables.
3/4 cup dry brown rice, cook according to directions
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots or more, sliced thin
4 scallions, sliced thin with whites and green separate
4 large mushrooms, halved and sliced
2 handfuls snow peas, de-stringed if necessary and sliced into pieces
Vegetable oil of choice, neutral flavor
1 cup cooked protein of choice, guess what? We had leftover chicken.
Cook rice and prep everything else.
Start with a tablespoon of oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion & salt. Cook 3-4 minutes. Add carrot and scallion whites. Cook a couple minutes. Add mushrooms, cooking till juice evaporates. Toss in snow peas. Cook 1-2 minutes. Then add the chicken and rice. The pan may need a bit more oil. Woks work reat, but I'm still in the old non stick skillet for this one.
Whisk the eggs and add to hot pan, tossing until egg is cooked. Time for scallion greens and a soy sauce to taste for incentive.
Serve & answer silly questions, such as “can this be made without vegetables?” – B
Note – easy to make vegetarian by skipping chicken and adding soybeans.
Note 2 – Have you ever tried some of the Asian chili sauces as a condiment?We, and I mean all of us, even the ones with the silly questions, recommend them.