I’m back today with another yummy, quick, all-in-one dinner for busy weeknights.
Who doesn’t like fried rice? It’s obviously a great accompaniment to Chinese food, but my family enjoys it so much that I’ve learned it can easily be turned into a stand-alone meal. So when I have leftover protein — whether it’s shrimp, ham, ground beef, rotisserie chicken, or shredded pork — I know I’m just a pot of rice away from an easy dinner.
You know what’s just as exciting to this mama, who juggles dinner making with baby corralling, preschooler entertaining, and homework assisting? With this meal, I don’t have to worry about the added time and work that go into veggie and carb side dishes. Fried rice is an all-inclusive, one-pot-wonder.
As far as vegetables go, feel free to throw in your favorites. We like the traditional carrots and peas, but I know lots of people might enjoy green onions as well. I find that grating the carrots allows me to sneak in extras, because the shredded pieces cook down quite a bit and are hardly noticeable by children-who-may-otherwise-pick-them-out in the final dish. But if you don’t have an issue with persnickety offspring, use frozen diced carrots if that’s easier.
On this particular night I made this recipe with white rice, but I often use brown rice and it turns out tasty as well. And while I diced up a hunk of leftover ham here, I honestly can’t decide on my favorite type of meat to add to this dish. Beef fried rice ends up tasting totally different than shrimp fried rice, but my family loves them both.
Another bonus of this recipe is that any of its components may be tweaked to your liking. If you prefer more or less of anything, adjust away. If you reduce a particular ingredient, just be sure you adjust the soy sauce accordingly so that you don’t end up with too much sodium. In the same way, if you use a salty protein like ham or shrimp, you may want to initially decrease the soy sauce and then add it back to taste. It’s always easy to add more, but it’s pretty much impossible to take it away.
I hope this provides another recipe for your dinner repertoire that’s fast, uncomplicated, appealing to all ages, and undeniably delicious. Enjoy, y’all!