Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Turkey bacon fried brown rice

turkey bacon fried brown rice with orange chicken
I rather enjoy eating brown rice; I like the mildly crunchy texture. It's also filling, energizing, and good for our systems. The Mister only likes brown rice when it's flavored so in order for him to eat it, I have to jazz it up somehow, like this instance's fried brown rice. I threw this dish haphazardly together with what we had in our kitchen (good thing that is customarily the method for cooking fried rice), and it turned out aromatically tasty! I aimed to further healthify the fried brown rice with reduced sodium soy sauce, agave nectar, broccoli florets, and turkey bacon as protein instead of red meat. The turkey bacon was a fortuitous discovery since we had a few strips left from breakfast the other day. The fried turkey bacon bits grant the fried brown rice a delicious and crispy pop of flavor with every comforting bite, especially because we gobbled it down with a side of Trader Joe's zesty orange chicken. It is true - we rather enjoy fake Chinese food in this household sometimes. If you do, too, then try your hand at this filling yet healthy turkey bacon fried brown rice!turkey bacon fried brown rice
Turkey Bacon Fried Brown Rice

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
4 eggs, slightly beaten
3 strips turkey bacon, minced
Extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
2 tbsp green onion, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp agave nectar 
Garlic salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1. Cook 1 1/2 cups brown rice according to the directions. Set aside to cool.
2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown 2 tbsp garlic in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add broccoli florets and saute for about 2 minutes.
3. Add 2 tbsp water and cover skillet, letting broccoli steam for about 2 minutes. Remove cover and continue cooking broccoli until water disappears completely and florets brown nicely, similar to grill marks, about 2 minutes. Remove from stove and set aside.
4. Saute turkey bacon bits in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crispy. Set aside.
5. Add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive to skillet. Add eggs and slightly scramble into small pieces. Set aside.
6. Add brown rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and agave nectar to skillet. Stir fry until thoroughly mixed. Season with garlic salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Stir in garlicky broccoli, eggs, and turkey bacon. Top with chopped green onion and serve immediately.

3 comments:

  1. It's healthy, it's yummy, and it's from trader joe's! Period.

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  2. MMMMMM :D looks Great!! You are one VERY lucky guy Alex :)

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  3. I spent about an hour looking for something to do with turkey bacon. I didn't want to just substitute it for bacon because as a true blue pork bacon fanatic, i knew it would just be weird. I stumbled across this recipe and thought "WHOA, YES, FRIED RICE IS A FANTASTIC IDEA," so I tried it and omg. Girl. You are flawless. This is probably the absolute best recipe one could use turkey bacon for and I promise I will DEFINITELY add this to my recipe rotation. Thank you SO MUCH for posting!!

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