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Eating Rice with Vegetables and Meat Every Day

Updated on November 3, 2011
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Roselyn has been a freelancer for 40 years. She had been a street vendor, a baker, and a cook—until she found her niche: writing. :)

DAY 1 FRIED RICE. Ingredients: rice, corn, snow pea, tomato, hotdog, luncheon meat, onion, garlic, ground pepper, salt, and vegetable oil
DAY 1 FRIED RICE. Ingredients: rice, corn, snow pea, tomato, hotdog, luncheon meat, onion, garlic, ground pepper, salt, and vegetable oil

Living a freelancer's life often means staying inside the house day-in and day-out while working on unlimited projects. Cooking food is often done in absent-minded manner and each eating time can be a harried occasion.

One particular week, a visit from the local wet market had resulted to some heavy buying of the cheapest vegetables available. The large refrigerator was stocked with fresh corn, green bell pepper, red tomatoes, green beans, and -- snow peas! Both the bell pepper and the snow peas are seldom low-priced.

DAY 2 FRIED RICE. Snow peas replaced by green beans. No hotdogs but more corn.
DAY 2 FRIED RICE. Snow peas replaced by green beans. No hotdogs but more corn.
DAY 3 FRIED RICE. Only the tomato and the bell pepper managed to get into the wok.
DAY 3 FRIED RICE. Only the tomato and the bell pepper managed to get into the wok.
DAY 4 FRIED RICE. Only luncheon meat and corn. Too lazy to chop any veggies. Sprinkled some crushed dried chili though.
DAY 4 FRIED RICE. Only luncheon meat and corn. Too lazy to chop any veggies. Sprinkled some crushed dried chili though.
DAY 5 FRIED RICE. No more corn. :(
DAY 5 FRIED RICE. No more corn. :(
DAY 6 FRIED RICE. Only ripe bell pepper and some leftover pineapple.
DAY 6 FRIED RICE. Only ripe bell pepper and some leftover pineapple.

THE BASICS OF INSTANT FRIED RICE

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels
  • 10 pieces whole snow pea or green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 5 pieces chopped hotdog
  • 1/2 can luncheon meat, chopped
  • 1 piece onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • A dash of ground pepper and salt
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil

5 Easy Steps to Prepare Instant Fried Rice:

  1. Heat oil in a large wok or frying pan.
  2. Over low-medium heat, brown the garlic. Cook onions until transparent. Stir-fry the hotdog and luncheon meat.
  3. Throw in the tomato, corn, and snow pea plus the ground pepper and salt. Add the cooked rice.
  4. Use two large wooden spoons to quickly blend all the ingredients over medium-high heat.
  5. Serve steaming hot in small bowls.

Rice is a good source of energy and very fulfilling. Just top it with anything like fried eggs or steamed ham. Have you tried drowned rice in meat soup?

WEEKEND LUNCH. My husband boiled meat with whole onions, whole peppercorns, and shredded leeks in the pressure cooker for 30 minutes. Just added some salt and the shredded cabbage leaves (blanched) before serving with rice in bowls.
WEEKEND LUNCH. My husband boiled meat with whole onions, whole peppercorns, and shredded leeks in the pressure cooker for 30 minutes. Just added some salt and the shredded cabbage leaves (blanched) before serving with rice in bowls.

We live on these simple dishes made mostly from leftovers and done in minutes during weekdays because weekends are often a treat!

And yet... after staring at the mouth-watering dishes in the menu book, we ordered more rice -- and corn.

Steamed white rice, grilled chicken, and boiled yellow corn
Steamed white rice, grilled chicken, and boiled yellow corn
Brown rice, corn, fried meat balls, and baked cheesy meaty thing with mushroom
Brown rice, corn, fried meat balls, and baked cheesy meaty thing with mushroom
Brown rice, roasted chicken, shrimps with reddish sauce, scrambled egg and tomato slices
Brown rice, roasted chicken, shrimps with reddish sauce, scrambled egg and tomato slices

What a week! Guess what we had on the everyday menu for the following weeks? Of course, anything that went well with rice!

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    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      Roselyn Mendoza 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Jlava73 :) My kids love fried rice and I love the way serving saved on dishwashing time. lol

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      7 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      In my house we also eat Rice everyday, with Black beans and whatever sidedish we decide on. For the most part we manage to stay pretty healthy ~

    • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

      Roselyn Mendoza 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for dropping by here, quicksand :)

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      quicksand 

      7 years ago

      Well your majesty, these dishes are fit for a King ... or Queen!

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