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Fried Rice - Two Ways!

When in doubt, I cook fried rice. 🙌🏼

My boys love it (Caroline depends on the day); it's easy to whip up; it's super economical!

Start with cooked Jasmine rice (I do 3 cups rice + 3 cups water = high pressure for 4 minutes in the Instant Pot), but any rice works. We have used everything from plain ol' white and brown to long grain and Basmati, but everyone picks Jasmine as the best tasting for traditional fried rice.

Full disclosure, I'm giving you my best "guesstimate" for all these measurements. I've been throwing this dish together for so many years it's just second-nature. My dad was that same kind of cook, and I've picked up his habits! He was such a chef and LOVED everything I made... even when it wasn't fancy in the least (like this). I'll be making his favorite thing ever next week in honor of his birthday, so check back for your new favorite carrot cake. 😁

What is not ideal for carrot cake, however, is the WHOLE 30 diet. Uh oh! I'm doing my best to clean up bad eating habits, but one piece of cake never killed anyone, right? I'm doing the best I can (for now) and making simple swaps for our big meals as a family, so below you'll find two options for fried rice and fried "rice"... bet you can't tell the difference!!

Traditional version:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 3-4 eggs

  • 3 cups cooked Jasmine rice

  • 3-4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Butter (or lightly oil) your skillet, then scramble eggs until *almost* done. Push to the side

Add rice and all other ingredients to pan, mix, turn over until cooked through!

Whole 30, "Clean Eating" Version:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 3 cups cauliflower rice

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 1-2 chopped carrots

  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut aminos

  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon EBTB seasoning

  • Optional: add eggs/more veggies!

I started this one with grilling my shrimp, so if you want to incorporate protein, cook that first! I took raw shrimp, sprinkled them with "everything but the bagel" seasoning, then grilled on a cast iron pan. Set aside and move on to the "rice"

Add all ingredients to your pan (I use a wok or skillet, doesn't matter). Mix the sauces and spices with the veggies, and let them cook until tender. If you like spice, adding in Chinese hot mustard is a nice touch!

To see my live demo of both, watch this!


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