Eating out has its benefits: someone else gets to take out the garbage and do the dishes.
Eating out has its downfalls: it’s gets pricey and there is no way to control how much fat goes into the dish.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest called to attention just how unhealthy eating in a Chinese restaurant can be – even the veggies, which seem like a healthy choice, pack a below-the-belt punch of calories and sodium.
I’ve started putting together a take-out fake-out menu so when we get the urge for restaurant food, we can at least have the option to eat those same items at home. The menu includes fried rice, potstickers, and sushi thus far. Chicken Lo Mein and wonton soup will follow soon.
Pork Fried Rice
1/2 lb ground pork
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 cups cooked rice, cold
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/3 cup carrots, chopped
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup green peas
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
Brown the pork over medium high heat, drain and set aside. Add vegetable oil to skillet over high heat, stir fry onions and rice. Add carrots and peas and stir fry for 2 minutes. Push rice to side. Whisk egg, pepper, and sesame oil and pour into skillet. Stir until egg is cooked and mix into the rice. Add pork and soy sauce, taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary.