I love making fried rice, but depending on what oil I use, fried rice can become a very unhealthy food. This is why in addition to cooking with low heat more often, I’m also focusing on what oil I use and when I add it to my cooking. For example, I use extra virgin olive oil, and I add it later on instead of at the beginning. Olive oil is loaded with beneficial fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. But when it is heated, the beneficial compounds in the oil start to degrade, and potentially harmful compounds can be formed. In my low-heat cooking method, I cook with a little bit of water and then add the olive oil later. Sometimes, I add some fresh herbs to enhance the flavor.
As for the rice, I read in some articles that the darker colored rice has more extensive nutritional benefits overall, but you have to know which rice is the right one for you. I always remember that Hippocrates once said, “One’s food is another’s poison.” Brown rice has more fiber, minerals, and vitamins than white rice, but it always gives me a headache when I consume it. Another concern is that arsenic was found in some of today’s rice since it was grown in contaminated soil. So, regardless of which carbs are on your plate, make sure they are organic, unprocessed, and grown with NO pesticides and chemical additives, and avoid all GMOs. Also, no matter what kind of diet you are on, it’s very important to ALWAYS listen to your body, as it will tell you whether it is right for your unique biochemistry and genetics.
Parsely Fried Rice
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon pink salt
1 tablespoon water
2 cups cooked white or brown rice
1-2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsely
In a medium size saute pan, spread chopped onion.
Add chopped carrot on top of onion and season with pink salt.
Add 1 tablespoon water, but if you use frozen vegetable, you don’t have to add the water.
Spread cooked rice on top and cover the lid. Cook at the low heat for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to cook at the lowest heat otherwise it will burn.
Check the vegetable and cook more if you prefer to have your vegetable softer.
When the vegetable is done add chopped parsely and olive oil to mix.
Add pink salt and pepper to taste, I often mix with organic cheese too.
You would love this rice if you are a rice-holic like me. Enjoy!