One Pot Brown Fried Rice

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This simple one pot recipe uses brown rice, frozen veggies, eggs, and soy sauce to make fried rice.  It’s great for those evenings when even takeout seems likes too much effort.  Brown rice provides whole grains and fiber, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.

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Today, I’m feeling a little frayed around the edges. “Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread,” as Bilbo Baggins says.  You know those kinds of days?

Oh sweet baby, please never outgrow your slobbery kisses and morning time coos! Forever, hold my face in both your little hands and beam from ear to ear; I’ll never grow tired of it. May you light up with smiles every time you see me for a long, long time!

But anytime you would like to sleep through the night would be absolutely fine, mmmkay?

So temporary? Maybe. People love to remind me how temporary and short this phase in life is, but that advice doesn’t keep all the pieces of life I’m juggling from crashing down today.

Simplifying everything does keep my world running a bit more smoothly. Oh, and prayer. And a little coffee.

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The first kitchen purchase after I had a baby? A rice cooker.

There is nothing simpler: Rice + water + on switch. Combine with a few veggies and a meat (or beans… rice + beans create a complete protein), maybe some broth, and you could end up with a hundred easy and budget friendly dinner options. If you don’t have a rice cooker, minute rice and boil in bag are also great options. I relied on those products for years.

Rice feeds more than half the world’s population on any given day and is a major staple in many cultures cuisine. It comes in two basic varieties: brown and white, the former being whole grain holds the most nutritional value. It has been credited to be beneficial for your skin, your metabolism, your blood pressure, and your lower digestive system. Some scientists even say it prevents cancer.

This simple recipe is one of the big guns in my “surviving the crazy of real life” arsenal; so simple and basically healthy, especially compared to the other foods we Americans typically turn to when life gets crazy.  The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and it only takes minutes to dump and cook. (I especially appreciate my rice cooker on days like this. Smartest purchase I’ve ever made.) And only one pan to clean!

May this recipe make your life a little easier. And yummier. 🙂

 

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One Pot Brown Fried Rice

This simple one pot recipe uses brown rice, frozen veggies, eggs, and soy sauce to make fried rice. It’s great for those evenings when even takeout seems likes too much effort. Brown rice provides whole grains and fiber, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cup water
  • 6 oz frozen mixed veggies: corn carrots, peas (approximately half a bag)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, plus 1 tsp separated

Instructions

  1. Add brown rice, water, 2 tbsp soy sauce, and frozen veggies to a rice cooker. (Or, cook rice on the stovetop per package instructions, and add frozen veggies to water with rice.)
  2. When rice is almost cooked, crack eggs into a small microwave safe bowl. Cook in the microwave on high, stirring with a fork in 15 second increments until completely cooked.
  3. Stir cooked egg into pot of rice and veggies after rice is completely cooked.

Recipe Notes

Optional: mix in cooked chicken or shrimp with the egg if you have it on hand!

This simple one pot recipe uses brown rice, frozen veggies, eggs, and soy sauce to make fried rice. It's great for those evenings when even takeout seems likes too much effort. Brown rice provides whole grains and fiber, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

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Tangy tomatillo ranch smothered over chicken and rice! While the chicken and rice are served immediately after cooking, the sauce is cold, which makes this a very enjoyable  summer dish.This creamy dish is quick and easy to make. It makes dinner time a breeze! Exactly the relief we need in this Kansas summer heat!

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This recipe provided an opportunity for self-growth. A new ingredient, and an unfamiliar flavor. Oh, I am so glad I embraced the tomatillo goodness, because the tangy ranch sauce just hit the spot!

Tomatillos are common in the Deep South. However, I was unfamiliar with this ingredient when I ordered from it as a part of my weekly produce co-op basket. I’ve never even seen the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”  Basically, I had no idea what to do with it.

Tomatillos are basically the flavor of a sweet lemon. Peel off the husk and rinse off the sticky film that is commonly found underneath. Handle like a tomato.


Let’s talk about the ranch seasoning, because seasoning mixes are one of my favorite things, and this ranch is certainly the most commonly used mix in my kitchen.  Powdered ranch seasoning is extremely versatile to be used on both vegan and non-vegan dishes without adding tons of unwanted extra calories or sodium.

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While fresh herbs have a better taste, this dry mix is much more convenient to have on hand.

Firstly, rub the the chicken in the ranch mix and get it into the oven.  While the chicken roasts, put together the tomatillo ranch sauce and cook the rice.

 

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Tomatillo Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

  • -3 medium chicken breast
  • -1 tbsp homemade ranch mix see ingredients below
  • -1 c white rice uncooked
  • -2 c water
  • -1 C mayo
  • -1/4 C milk
  • -2 cloves garlic
  • -1 C fresh cilantro
  • -3 medium tomatillos
  • -2 tbsp homemade ranch mix

Homemade Ranch Mix:

  • -1 tsp Black Pepper
  • -1 tbsp Parsley dried
  • -1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • -1/2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • -1 tsp Dried Dill

Instructions

  1. Top raw chicken with ranch mix and put in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes until fully cooked.
  2. Cook rice per package directions.
  3. Combine mayo, milk, garlic, cilantro, tomatillos, and 2 tbsp ranch mix in a food processor until creamy.
  4. Slice chicken into strips. Spoon rice into 3-4 bowls. Top rice with chicken and sauce. Enjoy immediately.

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After I made this, I just realized a vegetarian or vegan version using this sauce could be amazing!  Unfortunately, my leftover sauce was left out, and I had to throw it out.  Someday, I will figure this out.

Tangy tomatillo ranch smothered over chicken and rice! While the chicken and rice are served immediately after cooking, the sauce is cold, which makes this a very enjoyable summer dish.This creamy dish is quick and easy to make. It makes dinner time a breeze!