My family eats lunch at a restaurant almost every Sunday. We have a potluck at church once a month, but eat out nearly every other time. I recently mentioned in another post that we eat at the Mexican restaurant mostly, but our second choice is often the Chinese restaurant buffet. Everyone in my family loves the fried rice as a side for our favorite entrees. My personal favorite thing to eat with the rice is sesame chicken or orange chicken. Well, I recently found a new family favorite and along with the fried rice, can be ready to eat in about 15 minutes! Now that’s a quick meal!
We got a Trader Joe’s grocery store here in Knoxville last year. When I asked around about some of the favorite things that my friends were buying there, someone mentioned the Orange Chicken. Here’s what it looks like:
I am NOT a fan of pre-packaged, convenience, freezer foods. However, let me say that this tastes better than any Chinese buffet Orange Chicken that I have had! (Note: I’m not saying this stuff is healthy, just delicious)! My kids and husband love this along with the homemade fried rice. The package says it has 5 servings, however for us, 1 bag is more like 3 servings. Each package just costs $4.99. Fried rice is extremely cheap to make at home, so I have a meal better than the restaurant, way cheaper, and faster to cook that driving to the restaurant. You can’t beat that!
If you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s, this rice recipe is still a winner for a quick dinner. You can throw in some chopped,cooked chicken, (maybe even Rotisserie chicken from the grocery), or shrimp to make this into a complete meal.
- 4 cups white rice, cooked (cooked ahead or leftover is preferred)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1-2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 3/4 cup carrots
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch ginger
Scramble eggs and chop into pieces. Set aside.
Sauté onions and carrots in the oil & butter until softened.
Combine vegetables, scrambled eggs. and rice.
Add sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper, stirring well.
Add soy sauce into the mixture, stirring well until heated through.
(You could also add cooked chicken or shrimp to make a main dish).