Aug 092013

Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet

Initially my plan for this week’s post was a recipe for the grill, since my parents got us the awesome gift of a barbecue. I ordered it online about 2 weeks ago while they were visiting and am STILL waiting for it to arrive. So, you guys will have to wait for the planned chicken skewer recipe and instead, settle for this yummy fried rice.

Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet

This is Arik’s favorite way to eat rice and to be honest, it’s mine as well. I tend to just make a big batch of brown rice at the beginning of the week and use if for various things, including this recipe. You can use whatever veggies your kids prefer or what you happen to have on hand. If there are toddlers eating this, then be sure to chop up the vegetables quite small (especially the carrots) and make sure they are soft before serving. I usually serve this with this sweet broiled salmon, but if you want to make this a main course you could add some grilled chicken breast or even some shrimp on top.

Well, keep your fingers crossed that this grill arrives soon so I can get to barbecuing before this summer is over!

 Kid-friendly Vegetable Fried Rice | My Little Gourmet


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Vegetable Fried Rice
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Serves: 3-4
  • Butter for frying
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup or a few handfuls frozen peas
  • 1½ cups/250g cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  1. Melt some butter in a large pan and cook the beaten eggs until done. Make sure to chop them up into smaller chunks.
  2. Remove the eggs and set aside.
  3. Melt some more butter in the pan and add garlic and ginger. Saute for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add chopped carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add scallions and peas and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add rice, egg, soy sauce and sesame oil and combine well. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and serve.

Recipe adapted from Weelicious
 Posted by at 12:58

Ham and Pea Pasta in “Tomato Sauce”

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Oct 262012

Ham and pea pasta made with a vegetable-based tomato sauce

So, I don’t know if you guys have a similar issue, but when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner or am just too lazy, I make pasta. And when I am feeling REALLY lazy I make pasta with plain old tomato sauce. (Horrible, I know, don’t judge me… :)) I’ve run into this issue a lot less often since starting my search for new kids recipes. I’ve come to the realization that even a plain old tomato sauce can be dressed up a little.

Ham and pea pasta with vegetable-based tomato sauce

And, since next week is Halloween I thought what perfect timing to give you a ‘dressed up’ tomato sauce. No, of course this will not be my only mention of Halloween before the big day. As a part American living in Germany I feel it my duty to give this holiday a little more of a mention than that. So, I will be posting a little extra something on Sunday, which will be solely dedicated to Halloween…

Until then, have fun playing dress-up with your pasta!

Ham and pea pasta made with a vegetable-based tomato sauce

Ham and Pea Pasta in "Tomato Sauce"
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Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 28 oz./800g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 oz./400g of pasta (I use fusilli or penne, but anything will work)
  • ½ cup/120ml cream
  • 5 oz./150g cooked ham, diced
  • 1⅓ cup/150g peas, frozen
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and saute the onion and garlic until transluscent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot and celery, season with salt and pepper, and saute another 5-6 minutes.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, as well as, bay leaves and herbs, cover and let simmer for about 60 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain well.
  5. Remove bay leaves and puree the sauce.
  6. Stir in cream, ham, and peas, and allow the sauce to heat up without bringing it back to a boil. Season with salt and pepper if needed and toss the cooked pasta with the sauce.
  7. Top each serving with some parmesan cheese.


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