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Dinner in an Outline: Homemade Fried Rice

Ever since morning sickness kicked in back in November, I’ve been really turned off of cooking.

Hence, the lack of posting going on.

Lately, I’ve definitely turned a corner and have been in the kitchen almost every night, but there has definitely been something lacking in my meals.  I’ve been making recipes straight out of cookbooks (not like me at all, I usually use recipes as guides) or really bland protein + vegetable + grain combinations that I’ve been too bored with to share with the rest of the world.

I used to get my cooking inspirations from other food blogs and my little library of cookbooks., but since looking at pictures and even reading descriptions of food is still a major turn off, I usually draw a huge blank when “what’s for dinner (or breakfast, or lunch)?” is uttered.

My savior lately has been the book Every Woman’s Guide to Eating During Pregnancy. The recipes are all healthy, quick and have a short list of whole-food ingredients; everything I look for in a good meal. Everything I’ve made from the book so far has WOW-ed the husband, so I know it’s not just the baby talking! I would really suggest this book to anyone, even if they are not pregnant.

On Saturday night I had a crazy craving for shrimp fried rice (I can’t remember the last time that I ate this dish…it is so weird where cravings come from!) and Every Woman’s Guide had a great recipe. It was so simple that I realized this would be a great meal no matter what protein, vegetable  or grain you happen to have on hand. I decided to store this add this one to the files for How to Make a Health Quick-Fix Dinner.

-2 cups of any vegetable, fresh or frozen (I used fresh broccoli)
-2 cups of protein (I used fresh shrimp, you could use chicken, tofu, beef, etc.)
-2 tbsp oil (I used coconut)
-1 cup chopped onion (I used yellow onion, but scallions would be more             traditional)
-2 tsp ginger
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 eggs, beaten
-3 cups cooked grain (I used brown rice)
-2 tbsp soy sauce
-2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs (I used parsley)

1. Steam or lightly saute your vegetables until tender.  Set aside.

2. Cook your protein and set aside.

3. Heat the oil on medium high in a large frying pan and saute your onions until tender, for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, stir, and saute for another minute.

4. Add vegetables in with the onions and garlic and stir together. Add eggs and let them just begin to firm up.

5. Quickly add rice, soy sauce, and protein. Mix together so that everything is thoroughly combined and eggs are fully cooked.

6. Take pan off the heat and add the herbs. You can serve this dish immediately, but it also makes wonderful leftovers.

Remember that the possibilities are endless with this recipe and you can basically whip it up with anything you have laying around the kitchen!


How To Make a Healthy Quick-Fix Dinner

Ugh. Is this rain ever going to stop?

Sorry Texas, don’t be jealous. I had to wade through calf-deep New York City street water to get home tonight. God knows where that water’s been. Ugh.

On nights like these, I hate cooking. I know, shocking right? All I want to do is curl up on the sofa, have someone else bring me dinner and watch a couple of episodes of whatever tv show we’re marathon-ing at the moment. We just finished Mad Men, and we’re onto Roseanne now. I feel a little weird sharing that – I blame Netflix.

Anyway, when I don’t feel like cooking, I prefer assembling meals from general ingredients that I normally have laying around. Sometimes it’s a quick stir-fry, sometimes it’s just a sandwich, and sometimes (or most of the time) it’s Mexican-influenced.

Tonight was one of those nights. Burritos? Tacos? A bunch of stuff thrown on a tortilla? Whatever you call it, its quick, delicious, semi-healthy, heart-warming and just what I need after a long day of work.

Here are the steps in no particular order.

1. Saute whatever veggies you have laying around; I had a yellow bell pepper and onion.

2. Chop up some tomatoes and parsley and throw them in a bowl. Add a bit of salt and chill until you sit down to eat.

3. Saute some protein. This time it was smoked chicken sausages.

4. Heat up some beans. I happened to have some Trader Joe’s fat free refried beans on hand (YUM). If I didn’t have these, I would have probably used black beans.

5. Heat up a couple of tortillas and assemble.

6. Top with some cheese slices and sriracha.

Other easy toppings to try out are shredded lettuce, rice, salsa, sauteed spinach, roasted peppers, baked tofu, or grilled veggies. Your imagination is the limit!

What TV show are you marathon-ing right now?