Kale fried rice

Dear Santa: I definitely did not wish for a head cold on Christmas Eve, especially one that lingers for several days and has me wondering whether I should buy stock in the company that makes Kleenex. I also didn’t wish for Hubster to get the same cold.

Yep, we’re a big ball of sickness over here. Don’t swing by. If you made me cookies, just leave them at the front door and run. Thankfully, this is the slowest time of year and yesterday we curled up on the couch for most of the day. I thought about ordering takeout… but then remembered it was Christmas.


This dish would have been the perfect answer to the “I want takeout, but can’t/shouldn’t order anything.” We all know there are only a few days of reckless eating left. Soon we’ll dig out our workout clothes and get back on the diet horse treadmill. This dish will totally satisfy those lingering delivery food cravings, without skyrocketing your sodium count for the day. Plus, brown rice is totally a whole grain and we all need more of those in our lives.


Kale fried rice
From Iowa Girl Eats

1 package frozen Trader Joe’s brown rice (or 1 cup cooked brown rice)
1 bunch of kale
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 small onion
4 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp canola oil
Sesame seeds, optional

Tear kale into bite sized pieces, removing the woody stems. Rinse and drain. Boil a few cups of water in a pot. Add the kale and cook for 4 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place in a kitchen towel and squeeze out excess water.

While the kale cooks, cut a 1″ slit in the rice bag and microwave for 3 minutes on high. Stir together the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and maple syrup. Mince the onion and garlic.

Heat a skillet over medium high. Add the canola oil and saute the onion for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute. Add the kale and rice, tossing and stirring to combine. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Divide among two bowls and top with sesame seeds.

Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - December 28, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Sorry you are sick! You have to come to my blog and grab the recipe for garlic/lemon/honey tea. Sounds awful, but doesn’t taste quite as bad as it sounds. Promise it will knock the cold right out of you.

In case you ever need to know, you can always find an open Chinese restaurant on Christmas – guaranteed. Your version here is way more responsible and healthy, though. :)

Feel better!

ModernMealsForTwo - December 31, 2012 - 10:59 am

We’re finally both on the upswing. I’m 100% better and Hubster has finally crossed into 90% territory. I’ll keep your tea in mind, but only because you claim it doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds. Garlic is not usually something I toss in a hot beverage :)

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