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12.13.2012

Asian Fried Rice


It's now time for another installment of "letters to my unborn children".


 #CreepyandIknowitbutstaywithme

Dear Future Children,

I'd like to take this time to acquaint you with the concept of "sometimes" during the holidays.  "Sometimes" is a perfectly acceptable word to generally justify the Type A craziness you may encounter from my end this time of year.  Because, well, the holidays make me a little nutty and "sometimes" you just gotta chalk it up.

Sometimes Mommy will make a Christmas shopping list, will hit the mall, and will return with 3 carrier bags full of gifts just for herself.  I'd like to say this was unforeseen but that would be a fib.

Sometimes I will dump the entire contents of my closet onto the bed/floor/dresser in an attempt to put together a Chrismas party outfit that doesn't make me cringe.  Don't panic.  We're not moving.

Sometimes, when we bake our Christmas cookies, I will sneak out of the kitchen to lick the spoon before you can get to it.  I'll say I'm sorry but I'm not, really.  Sometimes stress-eating the cookie batter happens.  It's not the example I want to set but it's just...so tasty.

Sometimes I'll have a round, red, bruise-like mark on either side of my neck.  That's not a present from Daddy so don't get grossed out.  I really want to make a complicated, homemade appetizer for that holiday party, but I also want to run a scalding hot curling iron through my hair.  So I'll try to do both simultaneously.

And sometimes I will be so out of dinner ideas that I'll make the same meal two nights in a row and call it a lesson in global cuisine.  Remember that Mexican chicken rice bowl with black beans, corn, and tomatoes we had the other night?  You know that Asian fried rice bowl we had last night with sausage, carrots, onions, and edamame?  That's a nifty trick I like to call dinner recycling so I can keep my sanity while blowing full-force through gift planning, shopping, and making your Daddy a last-minute sweet basil cheese spread to take to work the next day for his holiday party that apparently just got scheduled (weird, right?).

Glad we're on the same page.  I feel like you totally get me now.

Love,
Your Someday Mother

In a dinner rut because the sheer weight and magnitude of the holiday season is upon you?  Give this Asian Fried Rice recipe a try!  It's very easy, full of protein, and completely satisfying on a busy weeknight.  Your real-life, totally-existent, living children will thank you! 


Asian Fried Rice
Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
 2 turkey sausage links, casings removed
2 egg whites plus 1 whole egg
1 1/2 c instant brown rice
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c grated carrot
1 tbs minced or crushed garlic
1 c edamame, shelled and ready to eat
2 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
3-4 shakes of Tabasco (optional)
Green onions, chopped (optional)

Preparation:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray.  When hot, add the sausage and cook, stirring to crumble, for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove from the pan into a bowl, and set aside.


Re-spray the same pan with cooking spray.  Lightly beat the egg whites and egg together, and scramble.  Remove from the pan into the same bowl with the sausage.


Meanwhile, cook the rice in a separate saucepan according to the package directions, and set aside.
Re-spray your large skillet with cooking spray, and add the onion and carrot.  Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly.


Add in the cooked rice and stir to combine.  Then add in the cooked sausage, egg, edamame, soy sauce, and Tabasco (if using).  Stir to combine well and heat through for 3-4 minutes.
Serve with green onions on top and chopsticks!


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