Re-purposing leftovers is insanely satisfying. I would probably have to chalk that feeling up to part Jewish guilt, part growing up around Holocaust survivors and part hating to throw out perfectly good food but either way, turning "oldies" into "goodies" gives me immense pleasure. I grew up in a home where there were no leftovers, not because there was no actual food leftover but because it was just known that none of us picky, spoiled eaters would touch day old grub and so instead of wasting effort and good tinfoil it just went straight into the garbage. A shanda, I know! My husband grew up eating leftovers all week long and sometimes longer than that until they were all gone and so between our two extremes we have tried to worked out a happy medium which involves him eating all the leftovers and me eating none of them. While that has worked out well, what I have found is that if I turn the leftovers into something utterly new, even I can enjoy them. Fried rice is one of those perfect leftover concoctions. Leftover rice, leftover protein and a couple of additional items and you have a perfectly good and "new" meal to enjoy. Delicious, easy and feel good food. Enjoy!
3 Tbl oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion diced
4-5 cups day or two old cooked rice
3/4 cup frozen green peas
1 large carrot, grated
1- 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken, beef, turkey or tofu
3 -5 Tbl light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
4 green onions, sliced
Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the beaten eggs and let it cook in omelet form for about a minute. Remove from pan and dice. Over very high heat, to the oil add the onion and saute about 5 minutes until it starts to brown, add the peas and carrot shreds and saute another half a minute. Add the rice, mix well and season with the soy and sesame oil tasting for flavor. Every brand of soy sauce is different. You may need a little more soy sauce depending on its intensity. Mix in the chicken, diced egg and fry another minute. Shut the fire off and mix in the scallions. Enjoy!