I am no good with volume when cooking pasta or rice. I am getting better though. I have been cooking large amounts of rice for so long and freezing the rest that I have actually come up with a couple of recipes for this left over rice.
Frozen rice is ideal for making any kind of fried rice dish as the lack of moist allows us to throw it straight into the wok and it won’t stick to the pan.
As part of my NoFoodWaste challenge, every week before I go shopping, I check my fridge and freezer to see what there is left and what meals I can make with what I have. I am actually enjoying this process as it forces me to get out of my normal thinking, of my go-to recipes and be creative. This recipe was born out of wanting to finish everything in the fridge and trying to make it work and taste nice.
CHICKEN AND PRAWN FRIED RICE (serves 2)
2 mugfuls of cooked basmati rice
1 chicken breast
100 gr of prawns
2 cloves of garlic
1 thumb piece of ginger
2 cups of mixed vegetables such of onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots, cabbage… whatever you have around will be perfect
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
1. Heat a wok or large frying pan till very hot. Add a little oil to the pan and fry the chicken until cooked.
2. Once the chicken has been cooked, pour the beaten egg into the pan and scramble. Set the egg and the chicken aside.
3. Add a little bit more oil to the pan and add the grated garlic, ginger and chilli on a low heat (I usually keep some chillies in the freezer to have handy and once frozen they super easy to grate). Allow them to cook for few minutes without burning and then turn up the heat and add all the vegetables together with the prawns.
4. Once the prawns have become pink, add the rice and mix through until it gets warm.
5. Add the chicken, the egg, the soy sauce and the oil to the pan and mix well.
6. Serve in a bowl and squeeze some lemon juice on it. Enjoy it!!!
You can add anything you want to this recipe and it would work its wonders. I feel a great sense of achievement to be able to make use of all the food I have bought and not having to throw anything out. It is great for my pocket, for my health and for the environment. Love it.
Are you willing to give it a go?