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Simple Fried Rice
Serves 4, Ready in 15 minutes
Marianne Moon

This is a great way to use leftover rice. As always, use your creativity to adjust the recipe to your taste, and use the ingredients that you have handy. Frozen or fresh carrots or frozen mixed vegetables can substitute for frozen peas. If you want to make your fried rice heartier, consider adding a cup of cubed cooked meat such as kielbasa, chicken, ham, or shrimp.

3 cups cooked rice
1 tablespoon canola oil
Pinch of salt
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 scallions, sliced
1/3 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon soy sauce (to taste)

Prepare the ingredients for cooking: Peel one clove of garlic and mince it into tiny pieces. Wash two scallions (green onions) and slice into thin discs. In a bowl, crack two eggs and beat them lightly with a fork. If the frozen peas are frozen together into a block, you can place the peas in a bowl of water to thaw the peas. Drain the peas. Set these ingredients aside.

Heat a wok or large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add one tablespoon of canola oil, then add the rice and salt. Stir-fry the rice and salt until hot, about two minutes. Add the minced garlic, and stir-fry for one more minute.

Make a well in the center of the rice by pushing the rice to the sides of the skillet using a spatula. Pour in one teaspoon of additional canola oil and the beaten eggs. Once the eggs are cooked through, use the spatula to stir-fry the rice and the eggs for one minute.

Add the scallions, peas, sesame oil, and soy sauce to the skillet. Stir-fry one more minute, stirring the rice mixture with the spatula. Enjoy!

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