Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Yummy lunch from leftover rice

The other night I made a double batch of good jasmine rice, then had fewer people for dinner than I expected. The next day, I put the leftover rice to good use by making a yummy veggie fried rice. I turned to Steamy Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs, for inspiration. I loosely based my lunch on this recipe, using veggies and ingredients I had on hand, and it turned out great -- much better than the fried rice an ex- boyfriend of Asian descent used to make for me ... but we won't go there. Anyway, here's how I made mine. I served it with a few slices of leftover grilled chicken and a few slices of pineapple.

Vegetable Fried Rice
Serves one mom and one growing 13-year-old boy as a main dish for lunch

1 Tablespoon oil
1 cup or more minced vegetables (I used a few sliced baby carrots, about 1/2 of a red bell pepper, a handful of sliced sugar snap peas, and the florets from a stalk of broccoli)
1 tsp + 1 ½ tbs soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
1 tsp finely minced garlic (I used the stuff from a jar)
4 cups cooked day old rice
Pinch of ground ginger (fresh ginger is better but I didn't have any in the fridge)
1 tsp sesame oil
salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat 1 Tablespoon cooking oil on high. When oil is hot but not smoking, add vegetables - one kind at a time - in order of what takes longest to cook (I did carrots, then the red pepper, then the sugar snap peas and broccoli). Season with 1 teaspoon of the soy and a pinch of sugar to bring out the flavors of the vegetables. Fry until the vegetables are 80% cooked through. Add garlic and cook very briefly until fragrant (This is contrary to the directions on Steamy Kitchen. I learned this trick at a Wegman’s stir-fry class; if you add the garlic at the end, it is less likely to burn.)

2. Add rice. Add remaining soy sauce, sesame oil, ground ginger, salt & pepper. Fry on high heat until the each rice grain is heated through. Taste. Add a touch more soy if needed.

I am contributing this to the Bookmarked Recipes blog event at Ruth's Kitchen Experiments. Check on Mondays for more recipes!

9 comments:

Lore said...

The thing is leftover dishes are sometimes even better the original dish. This looks so yummy!

Patsyk said...

I love when you can make something delicious from leftovers!

Steamy Kitchen is one of my favorite blogs to visit, she is hilarious!

ServesYouRight said...

"Ex-boyfriend of Asian descent" - you never cease to surprise me. sigh. I am such a gossip-hound :-P

Smita

Jenny said...

Mmmm, nothing like fried rice, it really looks delicious!

Veronica said...

You need to come to my house my husband would love that rice!!

Prudy said...

I love your serving size description. Great use of leftovers!

Joe said...

You looked fantastic tonight on the Bake-Off Tracy!

Tracy said...

Joe,
I watched the Bake-off in the emergency room and didn't spot myself. Thanks for mentioning it! I watched it again and saw myself at the beginning.

Smita, I'll never tell..

Patsy, I love Steamy Kitchen too.

Lore & Jenny & Veronica, thanks!

Prudy/Erin, that serving size was as accurate as I could get!

Ruth Elkin said...

What a great way to use up some leftovers!!!! I love fried rice but not put any veg in it, i'll have to give this a go myself sometime!

Thanks for sending it into bookmarked recipes!!!

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