Fried rice definitely falls into the category of guilty pleasures for me. Sometimes that is all you need, one nice bowl of fried rice with all the goodies in it. It can be so satisfying and simple it’s surprising I don’t eat it as often as I think I would.
Here is a great recipe of mine which I absolulely love. To make this slightly indulgent dish more guilt free, I use brown rice and egg whites. The brown rice is actually the preferred rice for me not only for health reasons but for texture. I love the texture of brown rice for fried rice because it is less sticky than white rice and is easier to make fried rice with. The individual grains with a little chewiness is what I love about this dish. And of course the pancetta in this dish is the indulgent factor. Try this recipe next time with your choice of veggies, whether you like corn, peas, diced asparagus, green beans or carrots, be creative with it. Toss in veggies you like and this one dish meal will be so satisfying you’ll make extras so you can have it the next day.
Pancetta Fried Rice w/ Brown Rice
2 cups whole grain premium brown rice (short grain)
2.25 cups water
(Make your rice in a rice cooker. Once done, open the lid and let it air out a bit)
1 cup egg whites whisked
1 cup diced pancetta
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
1/2 diced white onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon tamari
1 teaspoon chili powder or chili flake
* heat your nonstick pan with a little oil and fry your pancetta until it cooks through and add your corn and toss.
* drain your pancetta and corn on a piece of paper towl on a plate and now add you onions and brown them with 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
* scoop your caramelized onions onto a plate
* clean out your pan and heat it up again with some oil and now scramble your egg whites
* Season your eggwhites with a little salt and pepper and toss your eggs on top of your onions
* now add your cooked brown rice to the pan and season with 2 tablespoon teriyaki sauce, 1 tablespoon soy, and some chili flake
* now add the rest of your cooked ingredients (onions, eggs, corn and pancetta)
* stir until completely incoporated. Taste and season with more salt if you want more flavor or more teriyaki if you like it a little sweet and salty. Serve with some siracha if you like it spicy!