A Fried Rice Recipe That Saves The World
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Welcome to recipe one of the Leftover Series with Hungry Southern Yogi.
The Leftover Series will give you four recipes in four weeks to save the world and use what you already have in your refrigerator.
For those of us making an effort to be our healthiest self, we tend to shy away from foods that contain words like "fried". However, I am here to show you how to make this possibly frowned upon dish into a nutrient-packed bowl of goodness while using leftovers that you likely already have in your refrigerator.
Leftovers need to be having a moment.
Food waste is a huge environmental issue. It's time to shed some light on the world-changing power of eating your leftovers.
So what IS the deal with food waste? This Vox article say it best:
"...food waste should still be a relatively small issue, except that we needlessly waste food on such a massive scale that it adds up to a global problem. Just under 7 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste worldwide. To put that in perspective, if all the world’s food waste came together and formed a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the US."
Clearly it's time to make a change. I make an effort everyday to not waste food. I know that as soon as I throw something in my trash can, I am automatically contributing to a global problem; and let's be honest, aren't we all trying to save the world one way or another? I, for one, always have leftover rice in my fridge. We eat some variation of it often for dinner, so reusing it for lunch is an easy and automatic win. Alright, let's get to the recipe.
Save The World With Fried Rice Recipe
What you'll need:
- 2 tablespoons of ghee, grassfed butter, or coconut oil
- Leftover white rice
- Any type of vegetable you have on hand. I like broccoli, bell pepper, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, and onions. But really, you can use just about anything. This would be a great way to use up leftover vegetables from other meals as well.
- Two pasture-raised, organic eggs (preferably local, but use what you have)
- Soy sauce or coconut aminos
- Garlic powder
- Chopped green onion (optional)
- Spicy Mayonnaise (optional)
(I've linked my favorite brands for the majority of the ingredients below. You can basically grocery shop while reading through this blog post, you're welcome.)
Heat up your fat of choice (ghee, grassfed butter, or coconut oil) in a pan. Add in veggies of choice, garlic powder, and a few shakes of soy sauce and cook on medium heat until your vegetables are noticably cooked. Add in rice. Fully incorporate the rice with the vegetables and feel free to add a bit more fat, garlic powder, and soy sauce to taste. Fry the rice with the cooked vegetables for 5-6 minutes, keeping an eye on all of the components to make sure they don't burn. Once everything is fried to your liking, move the mixture to a plate or make room in your pan. Take your two eggs, crack in a clean bowl, and give them a good whisk. Add a bit more of your fat of choice to the pan, pour in eggs, and continously stir while they cook. This should only take 3-5 minutes depending on the heat of your pan, because no one likes dry eggs. Stir together the rice and vegetable mixture with the scrambled eggs and remove from pan. Plate your fried rice and top with chopped green onion. Add a few extra dashes of soy sauce to taste.
If you enjoy spicy mayonnaise on basically everything like me, mix together your mayonnaise of choice (I like Just Mayo) and sriracha. Top your fried rice with the mixture.
Enjoy your piping bowl of flavorful fried rice, knowing you used what was already in your fridge and therefore did some part in making this world a cleaner and more sustainable place.
Check back here next Tuesday for the next recipe in the Leftover Series. It may or may not involve maple syrup. See you then. Xo.