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Regional Recipe - Responsible fried rice

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Regional Recipe - Responsible fried rice

Responsible travelers eat local ingredients that have not been shipped long distances, and reduce their meat and dairy intake. This recipe is vegetarian, or vegan if you leave out the eggs. Use veggies from your garden or farmers market to be truly responsible! 

INGREDIENTS

• 1 ½ teaspoons + 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
• 2 eggs, scrambled
• 1 small white onion, finely chopped
• 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
• 2 cups additional veggies, cut into very small pieces for quick cooking options include snow peas, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, and peas.
• ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
• 1 tablespoon grated or finely minced fresh ginger
• 2 large cloves garlic, pressed or minced
• Pinch of red pepper flakes
• 2 cups cooked brown rice
• 3 green onions, chopped
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
• Chili-garlic sauce or sriracha, for serving (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until a few drops of water evaporate within a couple of seconds. Immediately add 1 ½ teaspoons of oil and swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Add the scrambled eggs and swirl the pan so they cover the bottom. Cook until they are just lightly set, flipping or stirring along the way. Transfer the eggs to a bowl and wipe out the pan with a heat-proof spatula.
2. Return the pan to heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and the carrots are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add the remaining veggies and salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the veggies are cooked through and turning golden, about 3 to 5 more minutes. Break up the scrambled eggs into smaller pieces.
4. Use a big spatula or spoon to transfer the contents of the pan to the bowl with the cooked eggs. Return the pan to heat and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant while stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Add the rice and mix it all together. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot and starting to turn golden on the edges, about 3 to 5 minutes.
5. Add the green onions, and stir to combine. Add the cooked veggies and eggs and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil.
6. Divide into bowls and serve immediately with chili-garlic sauce or sriracha on the side.

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