Looking for a super quick and easy lunch or dinner? Look no further- this recipe is not only great for cleaning out all the random vegetables in your fridge, but also is such a cinch to throw together you’ll be making it all the time when time is tight.
I’ve taken traditional fried rice, a greasy takeout staple, and tried to healthify it just a bit… using brown rice instead of white, overloading on the vegetables, using high quality coconut oil, and using low-sodium soy sauce. The result is a speedy meal you can feel good about, without any sticker shock or complicated recipes.
- 1 tbsp canola oil, coconut oil, or other vegetable oil
- ½ cup kale leaves, chopped
- 5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 stalks celery, sliced into C’s
- ¼ cup frozen corn
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup cooked rice (I used brown, but any will do)
- 1 egg, cracked into a small bowl and lightly whisked with a fork
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- scallions, sliced thinly on the bias (for garnish)
- Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over medium high heat. When nice and hot, add the kale, tomatoes, celery, corn and garlic, and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to keep the vegetables from burning.
- Add the rice, and stir to coat in the oil and vegetables.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, clear a circle in the bottom of the pan. Pour the whisked egg into the circle and allow to cook, untouched, for about 2 minutes or until the egg is opaque and cooked through.
- Stir the egg into the rice mixture, making sure to break up the egg and getting everything incorporated.
- Add soy sauce and sesame oil to the pan, and stir again. Remove pan from heat, serve in a bowl, and garnish with scallions. Enjoy!
While this is by no means a traditional fried rice, I really love all the flavors. It’s also a great introduction to cooking with coconut oil if you never have before. Coconut oil can reduce cholesterol, boosts thyroid function (think a faster metabolism), is an antioxidant, and has a multitude of uses, from cooking, to baking, to homemade hair conditioner and skin moisturizer. Good stuff!
What’s your favorite fast-food “healthy renovation” you’ve made?