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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Easy "Unfried" Rice

Thanks for the great feedback yesterday.  I wish I could've responded but my internet was down all friggin' day so that was fun...not.

Sometimes you just get the hankerin' for Chinese or Thai food...or both.  I love fried rice but it's certainly not the healthiest thing you can get.  That's why my cheat for making a healthier version that I can control the sodium myself is better than takeout.

This is more of a guideline than a recipe I suppose.  I grab my TJ's Basmati Quick Cook Brown Rice and raid the freezer for frozen veggies.  As I use them I put them in a big zip top bag so I can keep track of them easier in the freezer drawer.  Last night I decided to use peas, corn, broccoli and the last of the roasted red peppers in the fridge.

I used 2/3 cup of rice and 2 cups of water and when it was about halfway done, I added the veggies and covered it to cook the rest of the way while I grilled up my protein.  Yum!

Last night I added some General Tso sauce (2 tbsp) to our rice.  This is a great hearty entree or a side dish.  Get my bed ready...

...for my Maple Sriracha Shrimp.  (Click for the Maple Sriracha Sauce recipe)  It was insanely good and the Mr loved it!  Only took about 20 minutes for all of it!

This recipe is highly adaptable to whatever veggies you have on hand.  You can use low sodium broth over water for a little more flavor or the sauce like I did.  Add whatever salt free spices you like.  The possibilities are endless!

Nutritional information per serving (for what I used for the rice/veggies which were on the carby side):  Calories:  350  Fat 4g  Carbs 74g  Fiber 7g Protein 11g

525 cals for the whole dinner.

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  1. Man that was sooo good. People will love this. I had been craving that for awhile and it really hit the spot. Great recipe to share!

    1. Glad I could satisfy that craving! It's not often we have Chinese for dinner but when we do, I never feel like we're missing out much. (Maybe just the breading but I'll have to see if I can replicate that with a healthy twist)

  2. Looks hearty and filling for only 525 calories. I love a good home stir un-fry.

    1. Yep, we had full tummies for quite a while after that. None of that "it's an hour later and I'm hungry again" stuff! :)

  3. OMG...that is awesome!!! craving satisfied and didnt kill over the calories..I might try this recipe at home:)

  4. I LOVE super fast meals like that, and it looks DELICIOUS!

  5. Looks fantastic especially for so few calories - it's also great to be reminded that you can still have take-away style food while watching what you eat just by making small adjustments yourself. Awesome!

  6. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for new ways to make shrimp and meet that take out craving. I'll be trying this!

  7. ugh, I haven't had Chinese food in SOOOO long and now you have me craving it!


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