A few Saturdays ago we were having a quiet night in and I was really craving some Chinese takeout. Namely that delicious fried rice that every little hole in the wall Chinese restaurant does oh so perfectly. Fried and tossed to perfection but not the most nutritious in terms of healthy eating. The three ingredients I knew we had on hand at the time were rice, eggs, and oil. In an effort to use up some produce I added zucchini, chickpeas, and red peppers… not your usual mix-ins but I thought I would give it a try and to my surprise it actually turned out pretty darn delicious! Ingredients:
-2 cups brown rice
– cooked according to package (I usually have Minute Brown Rice on hand)
-1 red bell pepper chopped
-1 medium zucchini chopped
-1 small red onion chopped
-1 can of chickpeas
-olive oil (next time I’ll probably try coconut oil)
-dash of sesame seed oil
1. Cook rice according to directions on the box – like I said, I usually have Minute Brown Rice/Uncle Ben’s because it’s the easiest and our rice cooker intimidates me.
2. Lightly coat bottom of skillet with oil and toss cooked rice for 1-2 minutes
3. Add in chopped zucchini, onion, red bell pepper and toss until cooked through (I personally don’t like completely cooked bell peppers and prefer a little crunch so I add them in last to ensure the least possible amount of mushiness).
4. Crack two eggs into rice and break apart while continuing to toss mixture in the pan.
5. Add your sesame seed oil in last – this really rounded out all of the flavors and added a little extra something to a pretty simple dish.
5. Once your eggs are completely broken apart and cooked through – you’re done! Enjoy!