Fried Rice

My dad is the one that first taught me how to make fried rice.  It has always been a favorite of mine, and now it’s a favorite for the whole family.  I used to make it using vegetable oil and minute rice.  Vegetable oil is manufactured in a factory using genetically modified crops that have been heavily treated with pesticides.  Unlike butter or coconut oil, vegetable oils can’t be extracted by pressing or separating naturally.  They are chemically altered.  Minute rice is rice that has been cooked and then dried again.  While that may not be so bad, it is the rice that is used to begin with that is the main problem.  Has it been genetically modified?  Most likely.  Now I use either the bacon grease or coconut oil to fry up the rice, and I use an organic rice.  We like Jasmine or Basmati.  You can use brown rice or I have even seen quinoa used instead of rice.  We haven’t tried that yet but I plan to one of these days.

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1 cup of rice, 2 cups water, 1/2 lb. of bacon, 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or use the bacon grease after cooking the bacon), 3 stalks of celery, 2 carrots, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup onion, 2 TB soy sauce, 1-2 cloves minced garlic. Other ideas are chopped almonds, peas, chopped ham, green onion, broccoli, bell peppers, chicken, shrimp, etc.

Boil two cups of water, add the rice and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. While the rice is cooking, get the bacon started in a frying pan and chop your veggies/onion.

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Flip the bacon and fry until crispy, then remove from the pan and set aside. Either leave about 1/4 cup of bacon grease in the pan or drain the grease and add 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Add the cooked rice and fry on medium high heat. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Add the veggies/onion and minced garlic, then keep frying. Then make a well in the center of the pan and scramble 2 eggs.

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Mix in with the rice/veggie mixture. Crumble up the bacon into pieces and add to the pan. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce. I use the Bragg natural soy sauce alternative (pictured below). Mix everything up and keep frying until the veggies are tender (about 15 minutes total frying time). Add some pepper, if desired.


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