By TERRI WINDOVER, Connect Columnist
I love fried rice. Actually, let’s face it… I love all food equally. Food is love, family, passion and happiness all rolled into one. It can sustain you, help you get over that last breakup, or bring you together with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while.
It can inspire you and open your heart and palate to diverse cultures. I also love to travel. If I won the lottery you would only hear from me via blog posts from exotic locales as I immersed myself in their local cuisine.
Food is my passion. Along with basically anything that makes me have an adrenaline rush like sky diving, landing a trophy fish or hitting 100 miles per hour on my sled. As much as I love full flavour, I also keep in mind that it needs to be basically healthy and give me the energy to do the crazy things I love to do.
It’s hard to find that balance between hedonistic pleasure and common sense, but I do my best. I have spent my life surrounded by people who ingest the same plain, boring food – day in and day out in the name of fitness. And I believe there is a wonderful middle ground between that and the typical unhealthy eating that most Canadians indulge in. So, instead of heading out to that overrated and overpriced Chinese restaurant, try this much healthier and delicious version of the ever popular fried rice.
Bacon & Eggs Fried Rice
3 slices thick bacon, chopped small
4 green onions, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
4 eggs, whole
1 cup egg whites
Pepper to taste
3 Tbsp Teriyaki Marinade (Kikkoman)
1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- Fry bacon to desired doneness, over medium heat.
- While bacon is cooking, beat eggs and egg whites together in small bowl.
- Once cooked, remove from pan onto plate lined with paper towel.
- Drain most of bacon fat from pan and throw out once cooled.
- On med-low heat, cook green onions for one minute.
- Add eggs, and scramble until cooked.
- Add rice, pepper and bacon; and stir well.
- Add teriyaki and soy sauce. Stir to combine.
I double or triple this recipe sometimes as it freezes well and it saves me time on busy days. You can enjoy it for any meal not – just breakfast! For more free recipes and fitness tips – or to follow my rants and raves, go to www.terri-windover.com.