Fried rice is one of those fantastic recipes designed to utilise all of the leftovers and turn them into something beautiful. Leftover rice, leftover protein and leftover vegetables fried together with a few flavourings to make a quick and easy bowl of goodness that will fill you up and help avoid waste. In these environmentally and economically tough times, what better way to show how conscious you can be?
Of course, a bowl filled with fried carbs can be a bit daunting on the old hips, can’t it? Well, as such I like to go half and half – half cooked rice, half cauliflower rice (cauliflower that has been blended into small grains.) Carbs are good and your body needs the fuel, but it’s also important to not overdo them and also keep your veg intake up.
While all guesscipes are supposed to involve a little bit of adaptation to your tastes, this really applies here. I’ve listed what I used, but really – throw in anything you’ve got leftover. Peas, cabbage, celery – low wastage is the name of the game, here.
- Cooked rice
- Cauliflower (or premade cauliflower rice)
- Chinese five spice
- Oyster sauce
- Cooked prawns
- Ginger root
- Egg (1 per person)
- Sesame seeds
- Prepare your ingredients beforehand as follows, since you want everything ready to go quickly. Dice the onion and pepper. Mince the garlic. Cut the carrot into cubes and separate the broccoli into small florets. Finely chop the ginger. Blend the cauliflower to make it into small grains, then either microwave on high for 3 minutes or bake in the oven for 10 at 200C.
- Heat a little oil in a large frying pan or wok. Beat your eggs in a mug then add to the hot pan. Muddle a little bit with a large wooden spoon to break into into little bits. Remove from the pan and reserve.
- Add a little more oil and put in the onion and peppers. Fry on medium high for a minute or two, then add the garlic, ginger and anchovies – these are to slightly pad out the fishy flavour, which is fairly weak from the prawns. Fry for a further minute or two.
- Add a teaspoon or so of five spice and the broccoli and continue to stir and fry for a few minutes until the broccoli has softened.
- Add the rice and cauliflower rice and cooked egg to the pan, then drizzle on a few tablespoons of oyster sauce. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Serve immediately with a few shakes of sesame seeds.