Recipe: Thai Style Fried Rice

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When I was a kid, my Mom & I used to got the same Thai restaurant in Lubbock, TX every week. It was one of our favorite places to eat (still is for her) … Alas, I can no longer eat there, but fortunately I can recreate my favorite dish at home — fried rice!
I make mine meatless, instead topping it with an extra fried egg — but it works great with sautéed beef, chicken or shrimp.

You can cook the brown rice ahead of time for a meal that will come together in 20 minutes! Or do as I sometimes do and use a bag or two of the steamed rice from the frozen foods section if you are in a hurry!

Here is what you will need for 3 servings of rice:

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • chicken stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO (plus 1 teaspoon if roasting tomatoes)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • salt & pepper
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • sprouts (optional)
  • 1 tomato (optional)

To roast tomatoes: preheat oven to 400 degrees; slice one medium sized tomato; place on baking sheet; drizzle with 1 teaspoon EVOO; bake for 20 minutes.

Cook rice according to package directions, substituting chicken stock for water. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in EVOO until onion is opaque. Increase heat to medium high, add ginger, jalapeño, carrot & a splash of chicken stock. Cook until liquid is almost dissolved (about a minute). Push mixture to the side, scramble eggs in open area of skillet.

Add rice (and meat, if using) to skillet. Drizzle sesame oil, fish sauce & soy sauce into skillet, sprinkle in Chinese five spice, salt, pepper, sesame seeds and sprouts, mix together. Cook until heated through. Serve topped with roasted tomatoes and a lime wedge on the side, enjoy!

Nutritional Info: 340 calories, 11.6g fat, 49.4g carbs, 8.6g protein … Plus 233.7mg potassium per serving!

Got a favorite Asian inspired dish that you have revamped to be gluten free?? I would love to know what it is! Share it with me in the comments section!

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