A Fried Rice Story.

P1100059-2Once upon a time, Zach and I honeymooned in Toronto and ate the most amazing Asian food ever. Like, it was a game changer. We have since compared every single Asian meal to the awesomeness we indulged in and have yet to find anything that comes even slightly close to what we experienced in that expensive, glorious, magical place. (It's this place, if you're curious.) <<< Will you just LOOK at those skinny, attractive newlyweds!?! And to think I hated how I looked on our honeymoon cause I forgot to bring makeup. HA. Girl....

When we got back from our honeymoon, we endeavored to try and re-create the masterpiece and have never quite succeeded, but I'm gonna be honest. My fried rice is dopetastic. That means it's awesome and you will (hopefully) thank me for this recipe.

The awesome thing about this is you can add and take away as you see fit. I change it up just about every time I cook it, but this is the basic recipe. Also, I'm trying to experiment with making this a lower sodium dish, but I haven't found a low sodium soy sauce that packs the flavor the normal stuff does. Any tips or suggestions would be gratefully welcomed!

Homemade & Healthy Fried Rice

1 cup brown rice 1 tsp sesame or olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 chopped onion 1-2 chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces 2-3 broccoli florets, cut up into small pieces 1 carrot, chopped 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup of peas 2 stalks green onion 1/4 cup of soy sauce (this is a ROUGH estimate. Start with this amount, and if the flavor isn't strong enough for you, just keep adding until it is.)

.Let's talk rice for just a second. It's much better if you've cooked the rice ahead of time and add it to your pan when it's cold. It soaks up the flavor a lot more than hot rice for some reason. However, I almost always forget to cook it ahead of time and add the rice to pan as soon as it's done cooking in the rice cooker and it still tastes amazing. So either way will work. Now on to more important things.

. Saute onion, garlic & chicken together . When chicken is cooked, but not browned, add broccoli and carrots and saute for about 2 minutes. . Add 1 tbs of soy sauce to the pan and saute for another minute . Push all of the ingredients to one side of the pan and scramble your eggs on the other side . Mix everything together . Add rice & soy sauce . When the rice is mixed well with the veggies and soy sauce, add your peas. (Side note : You don't want to add the peas too early because they cook really fast and get mushy. If you like peas that way, by all means, but I wait until last minute to mix them in with everything else. Same principle applies to the green onion.) . Stir and cook everything together for 2-3 minutes or until rice is heated through. . Add green onion . Mix . Serve!

I think I will go eat some leftovers now. I hope you all enjoy it. Please forgive my poor recipe writing skills and let me know if you try it! Happy eating, my people. .