almost no prep – fried rice

Guys, if you are looking for a dinner your kids can gobble up that is full of veggies and requires very little effort – this is it. If you are looking for an incredibly gourmet and detailed recipe for fried rice, this is not it.

We love this and eat it just about every week. What I love is how easy it is to sub in different things based on what’s in the fridge/freezer. You can use any frozen veggie mix out there so go for things your kids tend to like. I usually throw in a few different types so the kids can stretch those taste buds a bit. And it always tastes good. It’s basic, sure. But it’s an easy meal the kids devour without me bribing them with dessert so yeah, it’s amazing.

I usually make the rice in the rice cooker while walking the dog or letting the kids play so then it’s only dumping frozen veggies in a pot and making scrambled eggs. So here it is! Fried rice the almost no prep way.

  • 1-2 bags mixed frozen veggies (if you have super picky kiddos maybe just do the veggie they like and slowly build up to stretch the taste buds)
  • 3 cups rice (for a big batch with leftovers)
  • 5 eggs (again do more or less depending on what works for you)
  • Soy sauce and/or coconut aminos
  • Sesame oil (optional)
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Olive oil or whatever cooking oil you like
  • Make rice your preferred way (I love my rice cooker). In a large pan over medium/high heat pour some oil and pour the bag(s) of frozen veggies. Once defrosted push them to one side of the pan and in the now empty side, add a bit more oil and add your eggs and scramble (saving you another dirty pan). Once the egg is scrambled, mix it all up with the veggies and add the ginger. Mix in cooked rice. Pour soy sauce and/or coconut aminos and sesame oil. Mix and serve! Serves 4 easily.
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    Blog Goals

    So, as I embark on my wellness journey I started this blog because I think so many of us mamas WANT to take care of ourselves, but man is it hard.  It is hard to make the time, hard to get in a routine, hard to make changes and the craziest part is feeling guilty for spending the time on yourself.  I feel guilty spending more time in the kitchen prepping my own meals while i’m happy to do it for my family.  I feel guilty making the kids watch me workout or making them sit in the stroller while I run.  It’s crazy making!

    The craziest part is that I do it FOR them.  I want to be here.  I want to watch them grow.  I want to be here when they have their babies.  I want to be healthy so I can be a better version of myself for THEM.  So the guilt is ridiculous really, but alas.

    I wanted to have this space where I share the parts of this journey, both successes and failures.  As I choose to spend time on some things other things will have to drop, its just what it is.  I want to show that while I may have the homemade dinner situation down, that might mean that my basement is a wreck!  The internet tends to have just the shiniest pieces of everyone’s lives which leaves people feeling woefully inadequate.  I don’t want to do that.  I want people to feel like maybe they too can make the changes they want.  Or maybe that they are already doing a great job even if it doesn’t always feel that way.  Motherhood has been full of acceptance for me (I know I’m lucky) and I want this space to be that for others.  I’m thankful for all the women in my life that have given me strength and reassurance and I want to share that.

    I want to continue to share nutrition, workout, oily goodness, health, home, dog, kid ideas.  All the life stuff.  And I hope that you all know that I do NOT consider myself to “have all the answers”.  When I make posts on healthy lunch ideas for kids it is NOT me judging anyone for how they feed their children. (My kids had noodles cooked in broth and sprinkled with parm today for lunch, so yeah, not a veggie in sight). We eat healthy, but cookies are delicious.  I hope I can capture the balance we try to have.  I want to maximize my life, but I also want to enjoy it.  And I want to share ideas, but not judgement.

    I in no way shape or form want anyone to find guilt in my posts.  I start my posts, and sometimes I just stop because I’m afraid a mom will read something and feel like she is not enough.  I DO NOT WANT THAT!!  We are all doing our best.  More than our best.  We finish the day depleted, and please don’t ever feel that by reading anything here that you are not enough.  YOU ARE ENOUGH.  Not only enough, but exactly right.  Come take an idea away, and leave what doesn’t work for you. Or what you just can’t possibly fit!

    2012-2013 in Review

    This is an OLD OLD post – and I decided to leave my old content in here because I hadn’t fully realized how we’ve always been on this wellness journey.  I also find some kinda awesome stuff in here – like the Guiness Cupcakes…yum!  So I thought I’d leave all the old and continue on our journey!

    Okay, so its been a while.  A lot has happened so I’ll use that as my excuse.  I decided instead of writing a LONG LONG LONG post explaining everything that has occurred in the past many months I’m going to show it through the art of photography.

    We begin with September 2012 – 1 Year Anniversary
    Exciting news during the holidays 2012 (pregnancy pillow Tucker is cuddling with)
    A girl! Tucker helping us announce.
    Planted pink flowers in baby girl’s honor.
    Babymoon
    Getting ready (the room is less neon than it appears here)
    July & August 2013 spent in waiting
    September!

     

    We have had one amazing year.  A lot has changed.  We are now a family of 4 (yes, that includes Tucker).  Certain things haven’t changed – we still try to lead a healthy life with good food and being active.

    The blog is evolving and I’m super excited about that, so stay tuned! 🙂

    Setting up Camp

    We recently heard of the slow down movement, which is basically just living life and enjoying the little moments.  Being one with nature and not cramming every minute of every day with an activity.  It’s coming home after a long day of work, and just enjoying time outside with Floof or a glass of wine with the hubs.

    Our goal for the rest of 2012 is to camp 5 times.  So the other weekend, we hit up our first campground (well second ever, but first in many years).

    The first of many 🙂

    We finally tacked it

    When we bought our wonderful home we realized that the bushes in the front yard might need a little help.  So we dug them out and got rid of them!

    Not the best picture, but the only one I have of all the overgrown plants

    I’m fairly certain that these bushes were planted when the house was first built, and then not really touched after that.

    Our blank canvas

    We put in a lot of man hours clearing everything out, then headed to Meadows Farms!  Meadows Farms is a nursery less than a mile from our house (although they have a ton of locations) where you can go and get advise on what to plant and how to make everything come together.

    They helped us choose hydrangeas, azaleas, lariopie, and purple palace heucheras.  

    Although, we did almost get these other purple flowers instead of the heucheras.

    We’re going to eventually get rid of the giant bush in the middle of the stairs too.  We’re thinking a nice potted Japanese Maple, but that might be a next year project. 

    After many many hours, we finally got it all planted!

    We chose to get some petunias as well to fill it in.

    They told us that we had to think of the plants as baby versions, so it looks a bit wimpy now, but hopefully we’ll see it grow into place in the next couple of years.

    After an annoyingly hot day…everything is looking a bit wilted.  But Tucker still likes it, as you can see the top of his head. 🙂

    Well the sad news is that the heucheras which are the pretty purple plants near the light post, HATED the summer (or their location).  They died pretty quickly…so luckily we didn’t buy 5 of them as was originally suggested to us.  
    Hopefully the rest of the plants will survive the summer, not a lot of time left now!
    Getting excited for fall! 🙂