It is always a good day when I can think up something for dinner that the entire family can enjoy without modification. Last night I decided to make homemade fried rice. Everyone loved it and Oregon Dad took the leftovers in his lunch today.
Here’s how I did it-
Prepare 4 cups white rice (4 c. rice/6 c. water into the rice cooker for about 25 minutes).
Brown 6 (about 1/2 lb) pieces of boneless, skinless chicken (we used thighs, if using breasts use 2-3 pieces, depending on weight) Then cut into small pieces and continue cooking until done.
Slice up some organic carrots and lightly saute (we like to keep the crunch)
Slice up 10-12 button mushrooms (or use one whole can sliced mushrooms)
In a wok, scramble 4 whole eggs, add rice before eggs are done. Mix well! Add 6 T. Tamari wheat free soy sauce, 4 T organic honey, 2 tsp ground ginger, 3 tsp garlic salt… mix well. Add carrots and mushrooms… mix well and continue to heat through. At this point, I removed a portion for TeenGirl as she has decided to be vegetarian (I was also for many years… before Oregon Dad the Omnivore). Then I added the diced, cooked chicken, combined and served it up.
We will be making this again… I usually wing my cooking… I am of the mentality that I add stuff, taste, add more, etc… So it would be VERY hard for me to ever make a cookbook.
Many people would enjoy this with white and green onions and peas as well. Our philosophy is to keep things kid friendly. (And there is the little fact that I never outgrew all those “ick I don’t like this” things from childhood… I still don’t put condiments on sandwiches).
Todays Green Tip- Scale back your meat consumption… if you are a committed OMNIVORE like Oregon Dad, cut back your intake by 20%. If America cuts our meat consumption by 20% overall, that would be the environmental equivalent of every car in the U.S. becoming a Toyota Prius. Now that’s something to chew on. How we do it? For a family of 7, I use only 2-3 chicken breasts in meals instead of one per person. This is also great for the pocketbook. Also, when you do buy meat… go for the organic stuff. Yes its more expensive, but it is truly better for you and the environment. If you are decreasing your meat consumption… you might not feel the price difference!