I eat lunch at home 99% of the time so I have the advantage of being able to use the stove. Many times I eat dinner leftovers and simply warm them up. I also like to use pieces of a leftover meal and add to it. I often have a fried rice lunch that isn’t necessarily a traditional fried rice but good none the less. Sometimes I don’t use rice at all, but substitute leftover pasta
Examples of what I use in fried rice include:
- leftover rice or rice/quinoa mix
- leftover pasta
- leftover meat, cut in small pieces
- turkey bacon (cooked and cut in pieces)
- leftover or fresh veggies
- egg (especially if I’m not using meat)
You probably know how to fix fried rice, but if you don’t it is very easy. Heat a large skillet and add a little oil. I like to use extra virgin olive oil. Add any fresh veggies that need to be cooked. Stir them around in the oil. Keep the heat pretty high and stir them often so they don’t burn. When the veggies are almost done, add the meat, rice, quinoa, or pasta. Heat through.
If you don’t use meat (or even if you do) and you want to add egg, I cook it last. While the rest of the ingredients are heating I break one or two eggs in a bowl and beat them lightly. I then push all the ingredients in the pan to one side and add the egg to the empty side. The egg cooks up quickly and then can be mixed into the rest.
Many people add soy sauce, but I prefer to just use salt and pepper.
In the picture above I used leftover rice and quinoa, bacon, broccoli, onion and egg.
In this picture I used leftover brown rice, onion, mushrooms, and egg.
As you can see, the basic recipe idea can be used in many different ways.
I look forward to reading your lunch (or dinner) ideas!! We’ll be back to doing dinner ideas next week.