Improv Challenge: Kitchen Sink Fried Rice

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Procrastination. I'm good at it. This post needs to go live in 11.5 hours and I'm sitting here looking at random stuff on the internet. Did you know Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin's new boyfriends yacht is bigger than Tigers? See, this is the ridiculous stuff I read instead of blogging. And why is that even a news article? Do rich people really care about yacht size?

Or that CC cream is going to be the new BB cream? Or that I just spent $32 at Sephora.com to receive a free CC cream sample because I didn't want to spend $42 on the full sized cream itself. Please tell me how that makes any sense?

But since you're not here for celebrity gossip or makeup tips, I might as well get onto the food, right? Carrots and peas were the ingredients for this challenge. I like carrots. Peas, not so much. They're kinda mushy. I can eat them in most dishes, but you'll never find me serving a side of peas for dinner. Ever.

I ended up with a lot of leftover things just hanging around in the fridge and freezer and two of those things just so happened to be peas and carrots. SCORE!  And thus this recipe was born. Or adapted from the internets. Whichever you prefer.



Kitchen Sink Fried Rice
Adapted from: All Recipes
Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:
    • 2 cups quick-cooking brown rice
    • 4 eggs
    • 4 slices bacon, chopped
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil 
    • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
    • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup frozen corn
    • 1/4 cup frozen peas
    • 1/4 cup frozen shelled edamame
    • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce 
Directions:
1. Cook rice according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Whisk together the eggs in a small bowl, then add to the skillet and scramble. Once cooked, transfer to a plate.
4. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to let drain.
5. Add the carrots and onion to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the sesame oil if needed, then add in the remaining vegetables. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until all vegetables are soft and cooked.
6. Add the rice to the skillet and return the eggs and bacon to the skillet as well. Pour in the soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir well. Cook 1-2 minutes more or until rice begins to stick to the pan. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

This was pretty good for a random assortment of items tossed into a fried rice dish. I'd definitely make this again. Tom would prefer me to leave the edamame beans out next time. Pretty sure that can be arranged.

12 comments:

  1. ahhhhh! That's the fried rice I grew up with! Wish I had a plate of it in front of me right now.

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  2. Very nice! You get charm points for incorporating bacon!

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  3. Mmm, I love fried rice. But I've never made it with bacon before; genius idea! Great recipe for this month's Improv.

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  4. LOL, Nichole. Very much appreciate learning that I should think about buying CC cream. Interesting factoid about celeb yachts, too =)

    At any rate, your fried rice is very reminiscent of a childhood fave called chahan. The oyster sauce, however, is a welcome addition.

    Thank you for making me smile and thank you for bringing back fond food memories.

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  5. You are not the only one who puts off writing posts. I get so side tracked when I am online. I also like your kitchen sink approach to fried rice. It's such a great dish for using leftovers.

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  6. I often sit down to blog and find myself mindlessly wandering around the interwebs. Glad I'm not alone!
    Your fried rice looks yummy!

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  7. Your rice sounds wonderful and though when I make mine I always put in peas and carrots I never thought to add bacon or edamame, going to have to add those too, sounds wonderful!! I'm a procrastinator too...just can't be bothered to read about celebs so thanks for getting me up to date!

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Mom's Beef Vegetable Soup, hope that you'll stop over and check the recipe out.

    Lisa~~

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  8. Your fried rice sounds amazing...love that you used oyster sauce...yum, yum. Time to make some rice so I can have leftovers :)

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  9. This fried rice looks great- such a great easy meal.

    Also, is Tiger's ex-wife's boyfriend's yacht bigger than Tigers?! As a fellow gossip lover, I must know!

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  10. Have made this and it was delicious! Making it again tonight for dinner :)

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