The Road to Fried Rice
Our second recipe for our YouTube Cooking Show-Because I Said So-Cooking for College. We chose this recipe because it is literally the easiest recipe to make in a college apartment with just a few ingredients and a pan! You can't go wrong with this one folks, it's filling, cheap and daresay-healthy. I don't really talk about the nutrition aspect on our show because we try to make them short and to the point. But, I would be remiss as a health coach NOT to say SOMETHING about nutrition.
It must be so difficult for college students on campus right now. Dining services are limited and you don't always get what you want. Gone are the buffets, salad and fruit bars so one is left wanting, hungry and unsatisfied. Our goal at BISS is to give you the confidence and tools to nourish yourselves on a budget with limited resources. This fried rice is the perfect example. It's soooo versatile. From a nutrition standpoint it contains a healthy dose of carb, fat and protein. The problem with most people regarding diet is they are afraid to eat carbs and fat, and many of us don't get enough protein. Then, we are hungry and tend to eat or snack on less nutrient dense foods throughout the day-I'm talking to you Poptarts and pretzels! When that happens, we experience bloat, discomfort, headaches and general hunger that consistently gnaws at us throughout the day.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can swap out what you do and don't want. Prefer brown rice or quinoa instead of Jasmine rice? BOOM! Done
Like peas instead of edamame-Go for it.
Only have olive oil in the house? Use it!
Hate carrots? Pick a different veggie.
Want to use up some leftover takeout chicken or meat? Dump it in!
It doesn't get any easier than this! So try it and let us know how it went. Send us a pic and subscribe to our You Tube channel. We love to hear from you.
1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice
1 1/2 cups water (or whatever package suggests)
2-3 ribs of celery chopped
2 carrots chopped-(video shows you how)
1 onion chopped
1/4 tsp (or more if you like) minced garlic (you can find a jar in the produce aisle)
1/4 cup soy sauce (amount up to you-it could be less)
1 TBSP honey or maple syrup
onion powder (use however amount you like-experiment)
Canola oil(or whatever you have on hand).
Edamame/chicken/beef/seafood (again whatever you got)
We nuked the rice for approximately 13 minutes. You can cook it on the stove but for this recipe it was waaaay faster to microwave
Lay rice out on baking sheet and keep in fridge overnight or a few hours -No baking sheet? Just leave it in the bowl when you refrigerate.
Pour oil in a pan-turn to high.
Saute garlic, then onions, carrots and celery until soft-onion will be translucent and a little golden looking
Toss in edamame after everything else is soft-if its frozen it will cook super fast! You can also add any chicken or meat at this point.
Stir everything making sure nothing burns on bottom.
Stir in rice and break up chunks-mix everything together. You may need a bit more oil at this point.
Add soy sauce, sweetener, any spices and mix thoroughly.
Flatten rice and veggies in pan and let it cook a minute to get those nice crunchy bits on the bottom-careful not to let it burn however. Keep temp. at medium-high.
That's it. Dinner. Lunch or eat it for breakfast-because I said so!