I finally bit the bullet and decided to try some more lo carb recipes from things we like. Fried rice is one of my favorites! Its easy and my kids loved it when they were growing up. But rice is so high in carbs, and even though I haven’t had a lot of success with cauliflower substitutions, I thought this looked like it might work. I think it did! It did not have that strong cauliflower taste in the finished product, and I think that’s cause I made my own “sauce”. Of course, you can buy all kinds of stir fry mixes, but most of them have shellfish or sesame in them, and my hubby is allergic, so I make my own simple mix, from things I always have on hand. Here’s the basic recipe, and you can use it for a marinade as well as adding at the end for a nice sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tsp. crushed garlic, or garlic powder
1/4 cup honey, or agave, or a couple of tbs. sugar
1 or 2 Tbs. crushed ginger (I buy it in the squeeze bottles)
Dash of crushed red pepper (we use more)
2 tsp. Chinese rice vinegar (seasoned)
2 Tbs. dry sherry
Mix all above and marinate beef for at least 15 minutes. .
1 lb. sliced good steak, such as sirloin. Cheaper cuts are too tough. Another much easier protein to use would be leftover diced ham.
1 bunch green onions, chopped (or 1 small sliced onion)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup nuts if desired. I love almonds in anything. Pecans, cashews, walnuts good too!
3 large eggs, beaten with a little water.
Start by heating up a wok or skillet to VERY hot. Add the meat, cook very shortly. We like ours rare, so I set the meat aside in a dish while I stir fry the veggies. It only takes about 3 or 4 minutes to cook the veggies till they are tender crisp. Then add the meat back in, toss and add the sauce. Cook another couple of minutes, and set the pan aside. While it is still hot, pour the eggs in and toss them to cook. The mixture should be hot enough that the eggs will cook to a light fluffy texture. When everything is done, toss in the rice and quickly stir fry it for only a minute or two. Serve. (can add fried won ton skins or crispy Chinese noodles as a garnish if you aren’t lo-carbing!)
*This is really one of this recipes that you can add what you like. I always add peas. Also broccoli is great in this. Or red sweet pepper…..I could go on and on! And, of course you can add cooked ramen or rice noodles if you are really skinny…