I was encouraged by Tuesday's meal so I was totally gung-ho for Wednesday's. I decided upon Stir Fry. Yeah, I know that's another normal meal to most people, but that's what I was aiming for. It's something I've never actually made myself and my family is happy to eat at a hibachi restaurant. So...
I called up my sister-in-law to see how she makes hers. I tasted a bite of it once and enjoyed it. She used different vegetables than I like, so I did just a bit of altering.
Cut into bite sized pieces:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 of a zucchini
1/2 of a large, sweet onion
1 C mushrooms
Steam 1C white rice according to package directions.
In a large skillet, add 1-2 turns around the pan of olive oil. Add chicken with a few dashes of soy sauce. Cook about halfway through; add the vegetables. Continue cooking, adding more soy sauce, if desired.
When rice is finished, heat a skillet on high heat, adding 1-2 turns of olive oil. Add cooked rice and as much soy sauce as you like. Slightly brown the rice, making it a little crispy.
Add the fried rice to the meat and vegetable mixture. Serve immediately.
The Verdict: A Winner!
Here is what I did wrong. I started the chicken and veggies before the rice. I ended up having to wait on the rice, which made my veggies overcook. They were very soft and lost the slight crunch I desired. I tasted them 10 minutes before the rice was done and they were perfect. This is why I put in the recipe to start the rice first, then the chicken. I started the chicken and veggies at the same time, which isn't the best idea. Also, my chicken breasts were quite large and I ended up with too much meat (for us).
My kids pretty much picked out the rice only, but I'm sure a couple veggies slipped through unnoticed. They each had to try the chicken and the veggies. One of them said they kind of liked the chicken. Just a little. I'll take it as a victory!
I forgot to take a photo until we were done. This was all that was left in the pan.
I added extra soy sauce at the table. I would love to have a bottle of that ginger sauce they give you at the Japanese steakhouses! Oh, and that ginger salad dressing! And the onion soup! OK, I'm not Japanese, but I did my best!!!