Coconut Kale Fried Rice with Sriracha

Health, Recipes, Recipes - Gluten-Free, Recipes - Main Dishes, Recipes - Vegetarian March 13, 2012
fried rice with kale and carrots

The best food bloggers, the ones with the perfect photos of carefully placed props and ingredients, do not become the best by accident. They plan, they prepare, they take the time to improve their skills.  They plan out what they are going to make, and have the shot all set up with props and perfect lighting before the food is even prepared.

fried rice with kale and carrots

This is why I’m not one of the best food bloggers…yet.  Honestly, I don’t see myself getting to that point at anytime in the near future because my priorities are elsewhere, and that’s ok.  I hope that you come here because I am a mom like you, a relatable person, someone who doesn’t have it all together.  I enjoy cooking healthy food for my family and sharing inspiration with you.  That’s why I started this blog in the first place, because I get excited about things like showing moms how to do a quick workout at home, and convincing the world that brussels sprouts are delicious.  Sometimes I find myself getting a little too caught up in comparing myself to other bloggers or trying to be someone that I’m not.  Then I remember that I have something unique to offer, a perspective that is my own, ideas that are original.

kale and carrots

Most of the recipes I end up posting are not planned.  I end up scrambling around to get a decent photo of our dinner before the sun sets because, hey this food tastes really good!  That’s what happened today at lunch.  I’ve been trying to get more creative with my lunches lately after following Sarah Stanley on Instagram.  (If you want healthy food inspiration, definitely give her a follow.)  I ended up throwing together a fried rice bowl that might have been my favorite lunch ever, and had to share it with you.  The photos are from my phone, and you know I hadn’t planned to take any because the fried rice is in one of my oldest and most chipped bowls.  Definitely no planning there!  I also just threw it together, so the measurements are my best estimate of each ingredient.

But oh. my. deliciousness.  I couldn’t not share it.

fried rice

I may not be the best food blogger out there, but I hope that I still inspire you!

Coconut Kale Fried Rice with Sriracha
Serves: 2
 
Throw this together for lunch or a side with dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 leaves kale, washed and trimmed from stem, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 organic eggs
  • ¼ tsp. salt & pepper (I used bamboo jade sea salt)
  • 2 cups cold leftover coconut rice (see side note in instructions)
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large wok or pan.
  2. Add kale and carrots, and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Scoot kale and carrots to the side of the pan, leaving a hole in the center. Crack 2 eggs into the middle of the pan.
  4. As the whites of the eggs begin to set, use a spatula to break up the eggs and toss with the kale and carrots.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Add cold rice to the pan and stir until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  7. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  8. Serve with Sriracha.
  9. Side note: to prepare coconut rice, substitute coconut milk for water and cook rice per directions.

 

***Update: I made this again for lunch today and added chopped mango at the very end.  It was even better than yesterday.  Try it!*** 

 

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  • Kendra March 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I dont need a picture of the ingredients I know what a bottle of EVOO and garlic looks like nor do I need step by step pictures unless its a complicated dish(which I wouldnt make anyway). I like a picture of the end dish, list of ingredients and directions, and your tips and thoughts on the dish. There are hundreds of bloggers out there that have similar recipes posted at any given time, it’s the personal touch to the story and commitment to make a dish as healthy as possible while appealing to the whole family I enjoy. Dont be critical you have a great blog! Now go play with those cute little kids of yous while the AZ weather is so nice, thats what we are going to do.

  • Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. March 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This recipe looks amazing! I love Kale and Srirachi sauce.

  • Sarah M March 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

    This looks great! You are my favorite food blogger, this is the first place I come when I’m looking for a new healthy recipe. I’ve never been let down 🙂

  • Teresa March 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to give it a go.

    I do love your unique perspective, and your honest interaction with your readers. I intentionally don’t follow any “mommy blogs” for just the reason you state above about food bloggers: I catch myself comparing my life to theirs, my parenting techniques to theirs, etc, and I inevitably end up finding myself on the short end of the stick. It’s much easier for me to be comfortable in my own skin if I’m not exposing myself to that destructive behavior :).

    Great blog – keep it up!

  • Elizabeth Jarrard March 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Becca - Our Crazy Boys March 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I love your blog because you are a busy Mom, and you prepare healthy foods. It has nothing to do with your perfect photos or unchipped bowls 🙂

    Though… your photos are pretty amazing 🙂

    I’m trying this!! I’m SO excited!

  • Heather @ Stuffed Pepper March 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    this sounds delicious! and the picture looks great! makes a big difference if you’re shooting with kitchen light or natural daylight, doesn’t it. 🙂