The one thing I've realized about living in the City is learning to live on a budget. Which is difficult when there's so much to do and even more to EAT! While I love indulging in take-out Indian food and sushi, sometimes it's necessary to buckle down... especially after seeing the long string of restaurant charges on my credit card activity.
One of the easiest things I like to make is hibachi-style fried rice. This is a variation I learned from my mom who makes it very simply with carrots and scallions (sometimes just carrots). I like to add a little extra green with peas or in this case, edamame! I make a ton so I can pack it for lunch or reheat it for dinner for the week to come. Here's to full bellies and fuller wallets!
Edamame Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ cup finely chopped carrots
- ¾ cup scallions, greens included, rinsed, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 4 cups leftover cooked brown rice
- 1 cup cooked, shelled frozen edamame, thawed (or green peas)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten*
- 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- freshly cracked pepper
(1) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet until very hot. Add the garlic, scallions and carrots and cook, stirring, until softened and aromatic, about 2 to 3 minutes. (2) Add another tablespoon of oil and the rice and cook on medium-high heat, stirring, until heated through, about 5 minutes. (3) Make a 3-inch well in the center of the rice mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil, then add the eggs and cook until nearly fully scrambled. (4) Stir the eggs into the rice mixture, add the edamame and stir. (5) Then add soy sauce, sesame seeds and pepper to taste. Incorporate thoroughly. Serve hot.
*Replace the eggs with extra firm tofu for a vegan meal!
Makes 4 servings