Ambiguous, I know. But it's true. I successfully made my own fried rice without it being completely terrible for you! However, I'm not saying that eating fried rice from a restaurant every once in a while is terrible. Not saying that at all!
So, yesterday, Matt texts me and says "I'm craving Chinese food!".
Yum. Can't go wrong with Chinese food. For real. It's SOOOOOO tasty. My thoughts went a little something like this: "Chinese food! OOOOOOh, P.F. Changs!!! Ooooooh..." and then I realized two things. First, we're trying not to eat out during the week, or really even the weekends. Second, whenever we eat out for Chinese we eat way too much. WAY. TOO. MUCH. How can you not? So, with these two things in mind I figured we'd dine in which would mean spending less money, actually knowing what goes into the food, and fixing just enough for two people. A "serving" at most places like P.F. Changs could really feed at least two, maybe three people. Yeah, I know. It's crazy.
According to Matt, you cannot eat Chinese food without fried rice. It's a staple for the cuisine. I was not about to let him down!
Here's what we had: Kroger "Meals in Minutes" Beef Stir-Fry, Chung's Chicken Egg Rolls and Meg's Healthy Fried Rice
Note: The Beef Stir-Fry is only $5 and 180 cals/serving(2-3 servings per bag) with only 4 grams of fat! YESSSSSS
Want to make Meg's Healthy Fried Rice? I thought so!
1 C. natural Brown rice, cooked according to directions (takes about 40 minutes)
1/4 fresh jalapeno, seeded & chopped
3 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. black pepper
1 egg, "fried" in cooking spray/small amount cooking oil, chopped
In a small frying pan over medium-high hear, fry the egg and chop with spatula
Add jalapeno and sautee until edges begin to brown
Add cooked rice and remaining ingredients and stir until mixed well
By using the low-sodium soy sauce and a tiny amount of butter, you cut the calories from fat and the sodium by about, oh, I don't know...a bazillion percent. Yes, that's an actual number.
Try it. Love it. Eat it all the time. So good.
Matt's take? "This is off the chain"