This is the last post of my “Stretching your pesos” series, which I essentially wrote because I made too much chicken for Nadia’s cousins and I had to figure out what to do with it.
On a small scale, the series taught me to use my leftovers to their full extent. And that’s important to do, considering people in this world are starving while Americans waste 33 million tons of food annually, according to NPR.
I only had a few shrimp, some Mexican rice and pickled red onion in the fridge by the end of this experiment, and I wanted to mix it up a bit, so I took inspiration from Orange County’s Dos Chinos food truck which fuses Asian and Mexican cuisines.
Enter: Shrimp fried Mexican rice.
I found the blueprint at Epicurious:
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 bunch scallions, roughly chopped
- 1 cup leftover pork, chicken, or beef, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed (plus any leftover vegetables you have on hand)
- 4 cups cold cooked white or brown rice (In this case Mexican rice, recipe here)
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
The recipe makes four servings, but here’s a couple of ways to make it a little healthier if you aren’t using leftovers like I was: Use 2-3 cups of rice, so each person has less than 1 cup, with 1/2 cup per person being the target–and go brown rice; use low-sodium soy sauce. You can also reduce the oil, but this rice does need to crisp and you’re at less than 1 T per person. Try using 2 T, and add a tablespoon if necessary.
Follow the link above for the full step by step, but the method is fairly simple and the result far less greasy than any box of takeout I’ve ever brought home.
You start by cooking the egg and the scallions with some of the oil. Then the meat and veggies get tossed in the pan and scrambled around. The rest of the oil goes in to crisp up the rice and you wrap it up by adding a mixture of soy sauce and water to flavor the rice.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and lime, and dig in.