When I started going back through pictures to get ready to write some posts (!!!!) I ran across multiple pictures of this fried rice. A few of them were taken outside in an attempt to get a professional picture to apply for a contest through IKEA. The contest was all about food that has a story. I chose this fried rice because it is a recipe that has been passed down to me.
Except I don’t even use a recipe. I don’t think one even exists. Which is how I do most of my cooking. I like to check out recipes and get a general idea then do my own thing. My boyfriend J asked me one time “does anything you make ever taste bad?” Okay I am not trying to toot my own horn…he went on to say “you never use a recipe, but things always turn out”. I started thinking about that. Once you understand how food works you can create almost anything. Learning that flour + butter + milk will make a thick white sauce opens up tons of possibilities. Memorizing a basic muffin recipe can give you breakfasts for months (more on that later). These are the types of things I love to share with people.
Long story short, this is something my mom used to make for my family (and for my dad before I was born). It is quick, easy, healthy and delicious. I make it at least monthly now for my little family of 2. This dish feeds people and that’s what I like to do.
My recipes sometimes have amounts but sometimes don’t. I want you to learn how to make dishes without recipes. Think about it like a formula. Add more of what you like and less of what you don’t.
Easy Fried Rice
chopped onion + various stir fry vegetables (I use a frozen bagged mix most of the time) +
brown rice +
1 egg, beaten +
chopped ham + frozen peas or edamame +
soy sauce to taste + crunchy noodles on top
- Sautee the onions and veggies until tender and browned (season with salt and pepper)
- Add the rice and combine (season with salt and pepper)
- Push everything to the sides and cook the egg in the middle
- Add the ham, peas and soy sauce
- Top with crunchy noodles and serve
**In the above picture I used some leftover roasted veggies. I also added some freshly grated ginger. Feel free to do the same.