Black Pepper Fried Brown Rice with Ham #SundaySupper

Happy Easter

 

Use up leftover ham in this easy, quick weeknight meal, Black Pepper Fried Rice with Ham. It is a healthy dinner everyone will love.

Great way to use up leftover ham. Black Pepper Fried Rice with Ham Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Dinner

I feel like I sneaked one past my family with this one. I used brown rice. They always thumb up their nose at brown rice. I, on the other hand, love brown rice. It tastes a little nutty, and I love that. Thanks to the soy sauce, fried rice would be brown anyway. So they had no clue. Score one for Mommy. Fried rice is a natural with leftover ham. The only question was what type of fried rice. We have a fairly authentic Chinese restaurant near us, and we have slowly been working our way through their large selection of fried rice. Some are pretty normal like this one. Others have gravy and different mixtures of seafood. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of fried rice. My favorite is one loaded with pepper, so that is what I went with.

Great way to use up leftover ham. Black Pepper Fried Rice with Ham Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Dinner

You don’t need any special ingredients. Soy sauce, fresh garlic and fresh ginger flavor this fried rice, of course, with a big heaping of fresh ground black pepper. Real Chinese cooks would never even consider using black pepper in a white dish. They would use white pepper, but I don’t have any. Why buy a bottle of white pepper that will sit in my pantry for years? I’ll just use black pepper. I don’t mind if you see specks of pepper in it. Call me a rebel, but black specks of pepper in my fried rice is fine with me.

The best part of fried rice is how quick it is. Normally I am not the type of person to mise en place (get all the ingredients ready before cooking). I like to multi-task and cut some vegetables while others are sauteing. Are you like that too? Even if it drives you nuts, don’t do that for a stir fry. Stir fries are so quick, you need to have everything ready. If you are chopping the ham while cooking the vegetables, you will burn the vegetables. Whoops! Bite the bullet and have everything cut up and ready before you start stir frying. The other must of a stir fry is a scorching hot wok. We have a huge, heavy cast-iron one. This sucker gets seriously hot. That is what you want. You want to feel the heat radiate from the wok. So get your wok on and enjoy an easy and quick, oh and don’t forget healthy, weeknight dinner.

Great way to use up leftover ham. Black Pepper Fried Rice with Ham Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Dinner

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Yields 4

Serves About 2 cups

Black Pepper Fried Brown Rice with Ham #SundaySupper

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tbsp. grape seed or vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped bok choy
  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 12 oz. diced cooked ham
  • 2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to manufacturer's directions or in a rice cooker. Place into the refrigerator.
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat, until very hot.
  3. Add 1 tsp. oil and swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the wok.
  4. Add the eggs and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute. When the bottom is just starting to brown, flip the egg over and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Clean out the wok with a paper towel and add 1 tsp. oil.
  7. Add the ginger and garlic, stir frying for 10 seconds.
  8. Add the carrots, onions, bok choy and mushrooms. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
  9. Pour the broth around the outside of the vegetables and stir-fry for another minute or until most of the broth has evaporated.
  10. Pour remaining teaspoon of oil around the outside of the vegetables.
  11. Add the scallions, rice and ham. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, breaking up the rice and heating it through.
  12. Add the soy sauce, salt, pepper and chopped egg. Toss to combine.

Notes

*For best results, cook the brown rice the day before and refrigerate until needed.

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Adapted from Peppery Vegetarian Rice Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Quick, easy and healthy way to use leftover ham from Easter

Comments

  1. I love that you made this with brown rice! I'm going to give that a try and see if the picky hubby even notices! Perfect recipe for my leftover ham!
  2. What a beautifully colorful dish, Christie! Tasty and healthy. I love that you snuck (sneaked?) brown rice into it. I must do that next time I make fried rice!
  3. Specks of black pepper works for me and so does brown rice for fried rice. Great recipe!
  4. Today's theme is so awesome! I always have leftover ham and would have never thought to make it into a fried rice. New flavors, same ham, I love it!
  5. All these fried rice recipes are inspiring me! Looks great!
  6. This reminds me of something my Guamanian neighbor used to make :)
  7. Fried rice is a comfort food from childhood, youth, young adulthood in Japan. Whether it's brown rice or white rice - I'm in! Your other rice photos are also tantalizing =) Your family is very lucky!
  8. Oh, we're totally on the same wavelength this week :) fried rice is the best for leftovers! Also, LOVE that you're also nutty about brown rice in your fried rice! I think it imparts the best flavors too--so cheers for brown fried rice fanatics like us! Happy Easter!
  9. I never would have thought of ham in a fried rice! This is unique and it looks really comforting! YUM!
  10. Great way to use up leftover ham! I wish I had some :) I've used brown rice in fried rice, too, sneaking it past my husband - since it's supposed to be brown anyway, they don't notice!
  11. I love fried rice! I love the addition of fresh ginger, gives it that nice zing! Pinned, too. :)
  12. Rice seems to be a favorite way to use up leftovers!
  13. Awesome recipe. Love that you used brown rice, that is all I eat. We actually eat brown rice a lot!
  14. Love fried rice and adding ham sounds delicious!
  15. I love that you used brown rice! This dish is right up my alley! Yum!!
  16. I love that you made this with brown rice, I bet my family would never know the difference - what a great way to use up ham.
  17. I love to mise en place! But if something needs to sit undisturbed in a pan then I need to be chopping up the next ingredient to keep myself occupied. I'm a little bit of impatient cook.
  18. I love the idea of the punch of pepper in this fried rice, and I don't mind the black specks either!!

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