Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It was a Chinese food and beer kind of night...

Last night, I was on my own for dinner and had two basic ideas in mind: Chinese food and beer. It's a slam dunk, am I right? For two [huge] servings of Fried Rice, I used:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice (boiled in water seasoned with salt, garlic powder & ginger powder)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 broccoli stalks, chopped (you could use florets too, of course)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • minced ginger to taste
  • kosher salt/black pepper
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs. Trader Joe's Soyaki sauce
  • low-sodium soy sauce to taste




Sparing the recipe procedure details because I'm confident that [most] of my readers are awesome cooks, capable of swinging a bitchin' pan of fried rice without suffering any fatalities. This tasted fabulous, if I may toot my own horn. It probably helped that I hadn't had fried rice in aaaaaages. It's always so oily at restaurants, but at home, I was able to play around with my own spices, cut down the oil significantly and boost the fiber and protein amounts, thanks to brown rice and the use of edamame. Excellent mix of flavors. The leftovers for lunch are going to be amazing. Can't wait!

I was also taken away with another addition to my meal:

My very first Pumpkin Spice Ale, courtesy of Michelob. I'm not a huge beer fan, but I kept hearing about pumpkin ales, so I had to give it a try. So good! I just went with Michelob because it was the cheapest option and I didn't want to spend a lot of money in case I didn't like it, but now, I'm looking forward to trying some other versions. In fact, the guy at the liquor store added me to a waiting list for the Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. The Venetucci Pumpkin Farm is a local farm here in Colorado, as is the Bristol Brewing Company. I'm sure it'll be even better than Michelob's. Again, can't wait!

On a non-food related note, Doug and I are seeing Pavement in concert tomorrow. Now that is a big, fat CAN'T WAIT!!! Need a song for today's phrase of the day:

That's all for today. I'm still working on shelling out some more Bob Harper DVD reviews in the coming days, so stay tuned for those. Hope everyone is having a good week. Later, kids!


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I am so not a beer fan either but I love pumpkin ales! So good.

I haven't ever made fried rice. I should change that. It sounds really good.

Tamara said...

Yes, you need to try fried rice! If you can handle a stir-fry, there's really nothing to it... Just add some scrambled eggs to your veggies, cook 'em through and add your cooked rice with preferred sauces. Definitely a great comfort food.

Biz said...

I just found you through Amanda and Andy's blog - love them!

You can never go wrong with stirfry and beer!

I have yet to try a pumpkin beer, although I do like beer so maybe I should give it a try!

Mo Diva said...

i adore homemade fried rice!

and pumpkin ale is like dessert beer- its awesome!