recipe: m’s non-American fried rice

the first time i heard of “American” vs “non-American” fried rice was at a restaurant in chinatown near a previous workplace. when i placed the order, the person asked if i wanted American flavor vs. non-American flavor. i never thought of it that way but i have tried to make fried rice on my own and it always amused me that it never tasted the same way as chinese take-out places.

m loves fried rice and while prepping our meal for the night, m decided to make some. to make sure k can have some we picked only ingredients that she can eat. m doesn’t add salt or pepper so add to your own taste!

non-American fried rice

ingredients

  • 5 cups day-old cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into bite-sized florets
  • 1 cup organic sweet bell pepper, chopped into bites
  • ½ lb organic firm tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped into bites
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • water, as needed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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recipe: italian seasoned pork chop with vegetables

for dinner, i made pork chops. usually i pan fry the pork chops but i thought i’d simplify the dish by baking it in the oven with vegetables. this way was quick, easy and yummy!

ingredients

  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 small organic potatoes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 sweet bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 to 2 cups of broccoli, cut in bite-sized bunches

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shrimp and broccoli pasta salad

haven’t had shrimp in a while so i was looking forward to trying this recipe.

the recipe is pretty easy. the only cooking is boiling the pasta, shrimp and broccoli. the dressing is just a few spices. after that, throw everything into a bowl and mix!

it’s such a light but filling healthy meal. it’s also a good meal to eat room temperature or cold. make a little extra to save for tomorrow’s lunch!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cooked shrimp
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni, fusilli or favorite shaped pasta
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup colored bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp oregano
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

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corn and broccoli w butter

sometimes when i’m in the mood for a snack, i make a quick dish that has flavor and texture. corn and broccoli with butter – how can you go wrong? it’s better than chips and candy  but is also satisfying and filling. yum!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag of frozen organic corn
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon whipped butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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