Guys, who doesn’t love some Sunday night lo mein or kung pao chicken. However, after eating like crap all weekend or spending too much money going out it may be best to just cook your Chinese take out staple at home. It is a lot healthier and tends to be more wallet friendly as well. I hooked up some stir fry and fried rice for the boyfriend and I last weekend, it was tre yum. Check out the fried rice recipe below and see if you enjoy it as much as we did.
1/2 cup mirepoix mix (pre diced celery, onions, & carrots. You can obviously do this yourself but its just more time away from laying on the couch and watching football).
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt & pepper to taste (I would add at the end only because soy sauce, even the low sodium stuff is pretty salty tasting so you don’t want to over season).
1 tbsp. minced garlic paste
1 tsp. minced ginger paste (if you don’t have garlic or ginger paste, the powder would work too)
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sambal oelek (it’s an Asian chili oil but a few squirts of siriacha would do if you didn’t have any)
1 cup boiled rice
1 tbsp. butter (I add it just at the end, before serving. It melts into the rice and adds a nice soft texture to the dish, but feel free to leave out).
Heat the oil on high in pan or wok, while cooking the veggies, paste & spices. Don’t add the rice or soy sauce just yet. Cook till translucent/tender. Then crack the two eggs into the hot oil, veggie, spice mixture. Start scrambling, this is when you add the rice to incorporate everything together. Lower heat and stir in the chili oil & soy sauce.
It came out so legit, I didn’t even miss having a post meal fortune cookie. I may permanently be on a time out from my take out spot.
It’s that time of year that everyone wants to eat right because they know Santa is watching to see who was a good or bad boy/girl. However, instead of hopping on the juicing band wagon, jump on the Roasting bus. I told you it was my favorite (As well as Ina Garten’s). I have done it to zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus the most. I will say I have pretty much roasted everything other than my socks. (Don’t tempt me)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
Pinch of salt (sea salt preferably) black pepper & red chili flakes (its just a pinch, but leave out if you have no taste buds)
1 tbsp. of shredded parmigano reggiano
Mix all ingredients, other than the cheese, with whatever vehicle you are roasting. For example, when you roast the sprouts, I would slice them in half and then toss with the oil mixture. Roast at 350 degrees for 15-20 min, maybe turning once for even crisping. Lastly, when cooling out of the oven (right before serving), sprinkle the reggiano over the veggies.
Salad Palette pleasers: crunch, sour, sweet, spice, creamy, filling. All of these elements in one dish? By the way, this isn’t even a dish per se. It’s a fantastic salad that I have served at every single barbecue I’ve ever hosted. Yes, I know it’s not summer. I see the snow on the ground, BUT we all need to eat more salads and veggies. Especially since 75% of us will be making the cliche lose weight/get healthy new years resolution in less than a month. So, you can thank me once your taste buds do a lil dance while eating this “boring old salad”. Oh and its gluten-free so you know that’s a fad these days and so this salad is also now chic.
1 avocado, diced (creamy & the binder)
1 cup of corn (defrost in the microwave, starch/filling)
1 red bell pepper, diced (crunchy a tad sweet)
1 lemon or lime (juice only no zest for the tart)
1/2-1 tbsp. tony’s (the Cajun spice, same one used in the salmon Omega 3 recipe…re use of ingredients is kind of the theme here if you haven’t quite caught on! Oh Hi! check out our Instagram to see what the container looks like. Adjust based on taste preference/saltiness)