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As kids, my dad often made us a simple fried rice. It cooked fast and was always yummy. I’d never learned to properly make it, so I had my dad give us a lesson over the weekend. And by us, I mean Quinn and I. I know encouraging kids to cook is important and I’ve been trying to do it more often. Making this easy stir fry recipe with my dad was the perfect opportunity for another lesson.
Easy Stir Fry Recipe Ingredients
- 1/2 C chopped baby carrots
- 1/2 C defrosted frozen peas
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 C diced ham (cooked)
- 1/2 clove diced garlic
- 2 eggs
- 2 C cooked white rice
- 3-4 T peanut oil
- Soy sauce to taste
- Drizzle of sesame oil
It’s easy to prep all the ingredients before you start because stir-fry cooks fast. Start by making your rice (following the directions on the package) and setting it aside to cool. Starting the stir fry with cool rice (or even day old) is best. I used Uncle Ben’s Boil In Bag white rice because it’s so easy to make and a perfect base when teaching kids to cook.
Defrost the frozen peas in water while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Chop thin slices of baby carrots and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds (to soften them a bit). Dice 1/2 clove of garlic, chop 2 green onions and whisk 2 eggs. Once you’ve prepped and assembled the ingredients, it’s time to get started.
Add 2 T of peanut oil to a hot wok. Then add the carrots and green onions. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes before adding the garlic. Let cook 30 seconds before pushing everything to the side to create space for the eggs to cook. Chop and mix eggs with the stir fry after it has firmed up.
Push all stir-fry to the side of the wok and add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in the button of the pan. Then add rice and stir fry rice slightly before mixing with the rest of the ingredients.
Add ham and peas, mix and heat through. We added a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce and approximately one teaspoon of sesame oil at the very end for extra flavor. Start conservatively and add more to taste.
Enjoy! My favorite thing about a simple stir fry is that it can be customized to your tastes. Use corn instead of peas, leftover chicken instead of ham. Whatever works with what you have on hand or what your family likes!
Learning to cook is a life skill everyone needs. It’s also an awesome kid activity the whole family can enjoy together. The goal of Ben’s Beginners is to get kids to cook. Pick up some Uncle Ben’s Rice and check out these fun lessons and easy recipes to make with your own kiddos.