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Homemade Special Fried Rice

February 29, 2016

I’ll be honest, it’s been a really long time since my family and I order Chinese takeout to be delivered to our house for lunch, or even dinner. It used to be a staple in my mom’s kitchen throughout my childhood. I didn’t necessarily grow up with unhealthy, junk food at my house. There were just those days that my parents would wake up and know for sure that they wanted nothing but a bowl of house special fried rice and honey garlic shrimp maybe even Asian BBQ spare ribs to split with the option of an eggroll per person or some crab rangoons to share. The latter is my personal favorite. Super freaking delicious yet super freaking unhealthy!

 

 

There is still nothing like a bowl of hot steaming special fried rice to fill a winter tummy. Do you like to order Chinese takeout on days you just do not want to cook at all? Of course, none of these meals are actually anything that you can put the label of “healthy” on; the thing is that Chinese takeout has simply become socially acceptable and heath is not questioned when placing an order for a heart attack in a cardboard box delivered to your front door. How freaking convenient! It’s not to say a traditional Chinese takeout meal can’t be reinvented in a homemade and healthy way for all to enjoy.

 

Just recently, my sweet wife mentioned to me the other day that she was in the mood for special fried rice. Obviously for us, we are constantly on top of our health assuring no junk {sugar, flour, dairy} is in our food, Chinese takeout is not really an option so I had to come up with another way to please her taste buds. Immediately this craving of hers got my creative mind thinking of what I can do to bring that dish to life in our very own kitchen before she came home from a long day at work freezing her ass butt off. Have you ever made your own version of Homemade Special Fried Rice or anything of the like?

 

 

I love Chinese food and I needed to find a way that my family and I can partake in a Chinese takeout style meal without all of the added extra calories, guilt and shame that comes with placing an order for takeout, plus there won’t be random leftovers in your fridge that still shout out “unhealthy!” through the cute little takeout container that for some reason you can’t microwave; what the heck is up with that by the way?! I find it much more pleasing to open my fridge and have my own Tupperware, which is cuter DUH, filled with meals that were prepped ahead of time, including Homemade Special Fried Rice. No takeout in my fridge, thank you very much! To me, there is absolutely nothing better than a fridge full of fresh produce {fruits & veggies}, grass-fed meats {turkey bacon, ground beef, chicken breasts, pork loin, ribs, etc.} and all kinds of vegan/veggie replacements for our dairy intake.

 

 

With a couple ingredients here and there, anything is possible. From improvised soy sauce to frozen veggies that almost any home has stocked up in their freezer, this Homemade Special Fried Rice has a little bit of everything and it is, also, customizable to your liking according to what you may or may not have in your fridge, freezer and pantry. This is the perfect meal to change up every once in a while to satisfy you and your families taste buds. My Homemade Special Fried Rice is so fresh and so good that there is no need for those corn syrup and yellow #5 filled packets of duck sauce that everyone likes; please don’t sit there and pretend like you don’t like it because we all know you do. I like them, too, just not anymore. After this one time shot at making Homemade Special Fried Rice, I don’t think I will ever order Chinese takeout again, at least I won’t be making that phone call or taking part in that meal, for sure.

 

 

I might even plan a little Oriental dinner party for our close friends, make a huge batch of Homemade Special Fried Rice and see if they notice it’s not takeout. I am sure they will taste the freshness that no takeout can offer. Do you like to host dinner parties? It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do even if it just includes a charcuterie platter or board and, of course, mandatory red wine. I’ll come back and post an update on this recipe when I plan for a get together and set that up. I hope you make this for your family and enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts on other possible ingredients to add.

 

XO

 

 

Homemade Special Fried Rice

 

No more Chinese take-out during the week or even the weekends. Cooking is fun when you get to make a pot of healthy Homemade Special Fried Rice in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

 

Prep time:  15 mins

Cook time:  1 hour 45 mins

Total time:  2 hours

Serves: 8-10

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 sack of pearl onions, peeled

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 red onions, spiralized + cut

  • 1 cup baby carrots, diced

  • 1 cup leeks, chopped

  • 1 cup green peas

  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, chopped

  • 6 strips turkey bacon, diced

  • 1 pkg bean sprouts

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • Handful chives, roughly chopped

 

Medley Rice

 

Stir Fry Sauce

 

Instructions

  1. Wash, peel, slice, chop, spiralize, cut and mince your veggies. Set aside chives. Throw remaining produce into a large bowl. Cover with green peas, chia and hemp seeds. Mix well. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot or rice cooker, add dry ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt. Top with water until your medley mix is submerged. Cook on high for 30 to 45 minutes, depending if it’s a rice cooker or not, check for tenderness. If the rice is soft, remove from heat. If it is al dente, cook for another 15 minutes.

  3. As the medley rice comes together, chop chicken and dice bacon.

  4. Lightly grease a large pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook chicken until browned. Add bacon. Once the bacon is golden, throw in your veggies. Sauté for 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile the protein is cooking, whisk together stir fry sauce ingredients until smoothly combined. Set aside.

  6. In a small bowl, beat two eggs until scrambled. Set aside.

  7. Add chicken, bacon, shrimp and veggies to the pot of rice. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and mix well. Increase temperature to medium-high heat. Pour on your stir fry sauce. Cook for 10 minutes stirring frequently. Add bean sprouts. Combine.

  8. Top with the scrambled egg mixture. Cover with lid. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove lid and mix until combined.

  9. Remove from heat. Allow to cool 10 to 15 minutes.

  10. Garnish with chives. Serve.

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