Beef Fried Rice

This recipe is courtesy of Claire Gourley, teenage wonder-cook (check out her My Turn to Cook Tonight website). It’s simple to follow, with clear and easy to understand cooking instructions. Why not give yourself the night off and ask the kids to cook this one!

Important Tip

The recipe works a whole lot better if you use rice that has been cooked the either the day before or in the morning – so if you can, plan ahead for this one. Freshly cooked rice goes sticky and doesn’t fry well – code language for ‘it will be a disaster and stick to the bottom of your pan or wok’ – don’t go there!

Serves 4

 What you need

• 2 Beef schnitzel (200g), finely sliced

• 2 cups long grain rice

• 2 eggs

• 1 Tbsp oil

• 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or 1 tsp garlic paste

• 2-3 cups of your favourite vegetables – fresh or frozen e.g. whole kernel corn, peas, finely diced carrot, celery or pepper, broccoli or cauliflower pieces

• 2 Tbsp light soy sauce

Here goes…

COOK THE RICE IN ADVANCE

Add the rice to boiling water, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until tender.  To check it is cooked squash a rice grain between your fingers and it should be totally soft. Drain and cool – preferably over night.

There are a few ways to cook rice – absorption method and this way are probably the most common – just do what works for you! Most packets have instructions. See my YouTube video how to cook rice.

COOK THE EGGS

Lightly beat the eggs. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Pour in half the egg mixture, tip it to make a thin pancake. When cooked,  it will take about 1-2 minutes, remove from pan,  roll up and cut into 1cm wide strips. Repeat with the remaining egg.

GET FRYING

Sauté the onions for 3-4 minutes add the beef and continue for another 2-3 minutes or until the beef lightly browned. Remove from pan. Add another splash of oil to the pan and add the vegetables and stir-fry over a high heat for 5-6 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.  Add the rice, soy sauce, egg and meat. Mix through.

SERVE

Beef is loaded in iron, lamb is pretty good too, and you need iron to carry oxygen to the brain and muscles, and keep you physically and mentally fit.   If you don’t have enough iron you feel tired, can’t concentrate and find it harder to learn!  So there you have it, if you want to get better grades –eat red meat – don’t laugh – it’s true!!