Fried Rice is an easy one-pot wonder and a complete meal. You can add your favorite type of meat or whatever leftovers you have on hand...ground or shredded beef, pork, or chicken, diced ham, or shrimp are all delicious!
2cupsground/diced/shredded leftover meat (already cooked)such chicken, beef, pork, ham, or shrimp
Coat a large pot set over medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Cook garlic and carrots, stirring frequently, until tender. Push carrot mixture to the side of the pan and add another tablespoon of sesame oil. Add eggs in center of oil and cook as you would scrambled eggs.
Mix carrot mixture into eggs and stir in frozen peas, cooked rice, soy sauce, and shredded/chopped meat. Turn heat to low and, stirring frequently, allow peas and meat to heat through before serving.
You may use white or brown rice. To make 5 cups of white rice, I cook 1 1/2 cups of dry rice in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes, following package directions. The water/rice ratio for brown rice is going to be slightly different and the cooking time will be approximately doubled.
You may use regular or toasted sesame oil. If you don't have it, peanut oil or canola oil would work fine, too.
I shred my carrots in the food processor. 2 cups may seem like a lot, but they cook down quite a bit. I find that by shredding them, they are hardly noticeable in the final dish and my kids don't mind eating them. You may also grate your carrots by hand, use packaged matchstick carrots, or even use frozen diced carrots.
You may use whatever type of meat you have on hand. Shredded rotisserie chicken, leftover ground beef or beef roast, shredded pork, cubed ham, chunks of shrimp...the possibilities are endless!