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Basic Fried Rice

Continuing the theme of “so basic it shouldn’t need a recipe and I’d rather be writing” posts, here is the vegan and gluten-free fried rice recipe TC makes for me when we have leftover fried rice.

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The great things about fried rice are that it uses up leftovers and can be customized many ways. The version pictured didn’t have tofu (I ate the leftover grilled tofu before it made it into the wok), but TC usually puts a protein in it, half with tofu for me and half with chicken or beef for him. That’s what happens when you live with an omnivore, making this dish even better–everyone gets to eat the same thing, just with different proteins.

Fried Rice
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  1. 4 cups already cooked rice (long or short grain, brown, white, black, red...)
  2. 4 cups veggies, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (raw or pre-cooked; I used grilled peppers)
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. protein of choice (press and dice tofu)
  5. neutral-tasting high-heat oil to cover the bottom of your wok (about 1/4 cup; canola or grapeseed)
  6. 1 tablespoon tamari
  7. handful of basil leaves (optional)
  1. Place oil in wok and heat on medium-high heat (6) until a veggie makes it sizzle.
  2. Stir-fry your protein of choice first until browned.
  3. Remove the protein from the pan and set aside on a paper-towel lined plate to drain; keep as much oil in the pan as possible.
  4. Put the vegetables and onion in the pan and stir-fry until onions are translucent and veggies are soft.
  5. Add the rice and tamari. Cook the rice, stirring occasionally, until desired crispiness is achieved.
  6. Stir in the protein and heat through.
  7. Add in the basil leaves and cook until wilted.
  8. Eat with chopsticks!
  1. This dish has a lot of oil. Deal with it by serving on top of a bed of fresh greens.
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 fried rice vegan gluten-free | gothic granolaParting Shots:

It started with brownies from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies brownies.

fried rice vegan gluten-free | gothic granolaTC requested brownies and vice cream (Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto). I served it in new Depression Era ice cream glasses my father-in-law found on the garage sale trail.

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These are “Vaseline glass” or “uranium glass” and are UV-reactive, as shown with the blacklight.

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Now TC wants a full civil defense kit (vintage, of course). I grew up drinking water contaminated with naturally-occurring uranium, so I’m beyond caring about a little extraneous radiation.

Lastly, this seems like an odd quote for chamomile tea, a tea that’s meant to calm and sleepify the drinker.  I suppose proper sleep aids in balancing one’s life, eh?

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Celestial Seasonings is “local” tea now since it’s packed just a few miles away.

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