|Vegetable egg fried rice with chorizo|
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Vegetable egg fried rice with chorizo - four portions for less than £2!
Vegetable egg fried rice has become a weekly staple in our household - whenever we have lots of veg to use up it all gets chopped up and thrown into this simple dish. And if we have some meat to use that goes in too - ham, bacon, chicken... whatever needs using! Tonight we had a little bit of leftover chorizo to use and it added a lovely smokey flavour to the meal.
With lots of the veg being free from Mr Kate's Uncle Gerald's veg patch the meal cost less than £2 to make and provided two generous portions for tonight's dinner and a further two portions for tomorrow's lunchboxes! It tastes fine the next day warmed up in the microwave or eaten cold as a rice salad.
Here's how to make it:
1) Boil some rice according to the instructions - I like to use Thai Jasmine rice and buy in big 5kg bags to keep the cost down.
2) 2-3 minutes before the rice is cooked add in a handful of frozen peas or sweetcorn.
3) Drain the rice and peas/sweetcorn and leave to one side.
4) Chop into cubes whatever veg you need to use up - we'll regularly have this with peppers, courgettes, green beans, spring onions, red onions, leeks, asparagus, carrots, garlic, chillis... quite literally whatever you fancy and need to use! We sometimes throw in some dried chillis if we don't have fresh or five spice for extra flavour.
5) Heat some oil in a wok or large frying pan and stir fry the chopped veg for a few minutes.
6) Once the veg is ready create a well in the bottom of the pan by pushing the veg to the sides.
7) Beat 1-3 eggs (depending on how much rice and veg you're cooking) and then pour the egg into the well.
8) Stir the egg quickly until it's turned into a scrambled egg consistency and then fold into the veg.
9) Add the rice and peas/sweetcorn to the pan and give it all a good mix.
10) Serve with some chopped fresh coriander or other herbs on top if you have some and sprinkle soy sauce to taste.
This has become a firm favourite with us and is a simple, cheap and effective way of using up leftovers in a tasty way!