Monday, July 23, 2012

4-Ingredient Fried Rice

by Meghann on July 23, 2012

Have you noticed a pattern with my #Suriveon35 meals this past week?

  • quick and easy
  • simple ingredient list
  • lots of veggies

Tonight’s meal was no different.

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4 ingredients.

15 minutes.

Done.

That’s it.

  • steam-in-a-bag brown rice: $1.39
  • frozen Japenese vegetable blend: $1.59
  • 2 eggs: $0.28
  • 4 apple maple chicken sausages: $1.71
  • Total: $4.97

My portion: $1.66 Derek’s portion: $3.31

Admittedly not my cheapest meal of the challenge. I could have saved money by using dry brown rice, instead of the steam-in-a-bag kind, but let’s call this “know when to save, and know when to splurge.” I saved by using the frozen vegetable blend instead of buying them fresh, and I splurged by going the steam-in-a-bag route. I’m a little obsessed with the steam-in-a-bag brown rice, I think it stays moist in the bag and it’s so easy to do – way better than the boil-in-a-bag kind that still requires a pan and 5 minutes of your time. Plus, I only had plans to use brown for one meal anyways.

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So, yes – tonight’s meal was quick and easy. While the rice was steaming in the microwave, I cooked the veggies and four sausages over medium high. When the rice was done, I added it to the mix, gave it a good whirl, and pushed it all to the side. I cracked two eggs in the little pocket I had created and watched them fry.

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Once the eggs were cooked, I mixed them in with the rice and covered the dish to give it time to cook through.

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Soy sauce was obviously missed, but salt and pepper did the trick just fine.

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This is the type of meal I see myself making after a late swim practice. Dishes like fried rice can be really simple if you let them.

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Unfortunately I used my last two eggs making this dish. Looks like tomorrow’s planned frittata won’t be happening. Oops.

That’s ok, we still have:

  • an eggplant
  • 1/2 a head of cabbage
  • 1/4 block of cheese
  • corn tortillas
  • 1/4 of a jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 mango
  • 1 nectarine
  • oats
  • some hummus
  • some yogurt
  • carrots
  • 3 chicken sausages
  • romaine lettuce
  • some grape tomatoes
  • milk

I’m sure we can pull our final day of meals out of that… right? It’s gonna be tight, but luckily we only have one more day left!

No dessert tonight, but I did have a mid-afternoon snack: semi-overnight oats.

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1/2 cup oats + 1/4 cup milk + 1/4 cup yogurt + cinnamon = $0.62

I made the mix after lunch and ate it around 4:00. It did the trick!

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