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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.

Ingredients
-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!


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Spicy Feta Turkey Burgers

Last weekend, we had a small four person celebration for the end of finals and the official end of my husband’s second year of law school (ONLY ONE MORE YEAR LEFT!!!)

I was craving burgers but wanted to spice things up a bit. I used ingredients that I had laying around the house; this recipe is the end product of my experiment!

Oven Baked Fries
3 large Russet potatoes
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp paprika (smokey, if you’re feeling adventurous)
salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400*.
2. Slice potatoes thinly.
3. Toss potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle on spices. Toss until potatoes are coated evenly.
4. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes.

5. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are browned on both sides.

Spicy Feta Turkey Burgers
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup onions, diced
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes (or less, if you can’t handle the heat!)
2 tbsp. Chesapeake Bay seasoning
dash of soy sauce
salt & pepper
1/4 c. breadcrumbs

1. Combine all ingredients except the breadcrumbs in a mediums sized bowl.

2. Mix with your hands and feel the texture. If the mixture is very sticky, add a little bit of bread crumbs to help bind everything together.

3. Form into small patties (I think mine were about 3 1/2 inches in diameter).

5. Turn on your fake barbeque (don’t judge….I have no back yard) and grill until the center of the burgers are no longer pink.

The spread: Fries, lettuce, tomatoes and LOTS of condiments.

These burgers are so good that you don’t really need condiments or extra cheese, but hey, it’s a habit!

Happy Grilling!