Healthy Fried Rice

Hello

Today I’m sharing a dish I make almost on a weekly basis. I am surprised I never posted it here.

Healthy Fried Rice

I always start by preparing two cups of short grain brown rice the day before and storing it in the Fridge.

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I can’t believe what a difference it makes to prepare when the rice is cold. I have tried preparing right after the rice is cooked and it just does not have that “fried rice” feel. So refrigerated comes out best, not to mention how much easier it makes preparation. I’m all about saving time. 

Next, I saute the veggies in sesame oil. One time I accidentally used grape seed oil instead and I noticed a big difference. It tasted plain and not like an asian dish should. It was then I figured out I grabbed the wrong bottle out of the cabinet. As usual, I was probably rushing and not paying attention. If you know me, I try to cook as fast as possible!

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I use about 2-3 tablespoons. I know it sounds like a lot but it is “fried rice”. Always feel free to scale back if you’re watching fat.

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Bell pepper and onion are the staple vegetables of this recipe. I usually use 1 whole bell pepper and 1/2 and onion. I try not to over onion or garlic my food, otherwise no one in my house will eat it.

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Once they are chopped I throw into the pan and start sauteing.

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It creates the best smell in the kitchen.

Once the onion and bell pepper are soft, I add in peas and corn. Sometimes carrots if I have them. I always keep organic frozen corn and peas from Trader Joes in my freezer.

Then I add in the rice, while fire is still on. Sometimes I add a dab more of sesame oil.

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Next I add in plenty of low sodium organic tamari. At least 2-3 tablespoons. To be honest, I don’t measure. Instead I just taste and add more if needed. I also add in a bit of pepper and garlic powder.

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I always stick to tamari sauce or liquid aminos because they are gluten-free and regular soy sauce is not.

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I always make a large batch on Mondays so my husband and I can enjoy the leftovers for lunch for a couple days.

Sometimes I ‘ll add in eggs but it’s not necessary since it tastes pretty good on its own. My husband even said so which surprised me, coming from a meat eater.

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This is one of my favorite dishes to make because of its simplicity. It’s not the absolute healthiest but I think its much healthier than traditional fried rice, while still being enjoyable.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups of  short grain brown rice (1 cup uncooked, 2 cups of water)

1 bell pepper

1/2 an onion

2-3 Tbs. Sesame oil

2-3 Tbs of Gluten Free Tamari sauce

1/2 cup of organic frozen corn

1/2 cup of organic frozen peas

Instructions:

Cook brown rice according to instuctions and refridgerate one day prior to making this recipe.

Heat pan to medium/high temperature add in sesame oil.

Add in onion and bellpepper and saute until softened

Next stir in peas, corn and rice. Once mixed add in tamari sauce and mix some more.

Add pepper to taste

I always taste test as I go so feel free to do the same.

Note: If you prefer quinoa, you can alawys substitute the rice for quinoa and its comes out just as great. I make both.

Enjoy!

Marlene

Goal for 2017

Well Hello 2017

Yes, we are over 1/2 through February and I am just now talking about my goals, as usual.

This year feels so surreal to me because this is the year my daughter will turn 18 and graduate high school. What? How did this happen? Where did the time go? How is my first-born child going to be an adult already?

And, my husband who I met when I was almost 19 and he was 20, will turn 40 this year! 40? To be honest, I never imagined us older passed our 20’s . Well, that came and went fast.

With everything happening so fast, all I can do is savor every moment of every day because time is NOT slowing down anytime soon.

My number one goal this year is an obvious one.

BE PRESENT

I remember as a young new mom, I looked forward to my kids getting older and becoming more independent thinking that’s when things would get easier and that didn’t happen. I remember one of my older friends saying it gets harder as they get older and I thought to myself there’s no way it can get harder than waking up in the middle of the night, feedings, changing diapers and everything else than comes along with having a baby. Well, she was right. It does get harder!  As my kids get older, the challenges just change. Just wait until they start talking back. So fun.

I was recently talking to a friend whose kids are all grown up now and she was telling me how she wished she could go back to when her kids were young and slow down and just live in the moment. I admit to feeling the same way sometimes but there’s no turning back. All we can do is move forward and enjoy NOW.

So my main focus this year is to BE PRESENT with everything around me and enjoy every moment of every day because all we have is today.

Ferris Bueller said it nicely.

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There are other things I want to work on as always, but none are as important to me as this. So for now, that is it.

Enjoy today!

Marlene