Sunday, March 14

Home-Cooked Take Out: A Recipe for Healthier Shrimp Brown Fried Rice

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Home-cooked take out (or homemade take-away as the Brits say). It's an oxymoron, but you know what it means.

There are loads of articles in cooking / health magazines touting the benefits of making your own take out favorites. It's no surprise. At-home take out is more affordable, healthier, and often tastes better.

Without a doubt, my favorite take out food is Chinese and Thai, which unfortunately is usually loaded with sodium and excess fat from oil. So I often make my own Chinese and Thai take out favorites such as this Thai Pineapple Fried Rice.

With a few tweaks, fried rice can easily become a healthier take out dish. In this recipe for Shrimp Brown Fried Rice, brown rice and added veggies boost fiber and complex carbohydrates while reduced sodium soy sauce and unsalted cashews keep sodium levels on check. Boldly flavored toasted sesame oil is more flavorful than regular sesame oil, so less is needed without sacrificing flavor.

So tell me, dear readers, what are your favorite home-cooked take out dishes?

Shrimp Brown Fried Rice 
Makes 6-8 side servings
Print recipe only here.

3 large eggs, lightly beaten (or 2 whole eggs and two egg whites)
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/2-2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
24 medium shrimp, deveined, cleaned, and tails removed (about 2/3-3/4 pound)
4 cups cold cooked brown rice
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 small red or green chili, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup frozen peas
3 tablespoons unsalted cashews
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
sliced green onions, for garnish

1. Place a small fry pan coated with cooking spray over medium high heat. Add eggs; cook until nearly set. Flip once, and cook until set and no longer runny. Set aside. Cool and cut into small strips.

2. In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger; set aside.

3. In a wok or large, wide, deep pan, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil over high heat. Cook shrimp until bright red, but not browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

4. In same wok or pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Saute shallots and chili for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add red bell pepper for 1 minute. Add brown rice, and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Add soy sauce mixture and stir. Return shrimp to pan. Add eggs and peas and stir until well combined and heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cashews and cilantro. Garnish with sliced green onions, and serve immediately.

You might also enjoy these healthier adaptations of classic dishes from Food Blogga:
Orange Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
Healthy Chili
Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza
Mom's Chocolate Pudding with Bananas and Graham Crackers

You might also enjoy these fried rice recipes: 
Stir-Fried Brown Rice recipe from A Veggie Venture
Vegetable Brown Fried Rice recipe from The Perfect Pantry
Chinese Fried Brown Rice (Indian Style) recipe from My Diverse Kitchen
Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame, and Tofu recipe from eat me, delicious


Manggy said...

I love fried rice (with dumplings on the side too of course). I'd add cubed chinese sausage too, for that hit of sweetness. (Stomach grumbling.)

Alicia said...

This looks fantastic! Yum!

Mother Rimmy said...

This is really a pretty dish. I love that it's healthier than take out too. I've saved for the future!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Looks like professional takeout - but better! YUM!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This looks so good. I love making my own "take-out". Since I can't eat at most Chinese restaurants, it was a necessary thing to learn how to make stuff like fried rice, but now I prefer it! I love that you've added sesame oil - that's what keeps me coming back for more!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

My favourite take out would be falafels, but I do love Chinese so maybe sweet and sour chicken which I make at home.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

You're so right about tasty but unhealthy take-aways. It really doesn't take all that effort to make the same thing at home, but healthier.

Am planning to cook Chinese for dinner tomorrow (Indian style, of course!) :)

Livin Local said...

This looks like a great meal on its own!

The Teacher Cooks said...

The shrimp look so good! I have to try this recipe. Yours looks like a hit. Thanks for voting the other day.

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

I'm not a big fan of take-aways food, but I have Indian or Chinese from time to time. I learned to make my favourite Thai dishes at home. Have to try this fried rice! Never made it at home yet.
Thank you for your nice comment on my blog Susan! I felt so honoured!

Maria said...

What a colorful dish! Very nice Susan!

Maris said...

Homemade take-away. I like it. I've been on such an Asian-inspired food kick lately (albeit not on my blog) and I would love to recreate this on my own!

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum, this looks great! I love making homemade Pad Thai. I also love making my own pizza, so there's rarely a need for take-out!


Soma said...

So pretty! sounds like my kinda fried rice which I could cook everyday. Yummy! I have one posted with shrimp and sesame.

przepisy said...

Love shrimps!!!! Definitely try this one soon!:)

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

I have to tell you this. I just made this fried rice and it was delicious! It's my new favourite dish and my bf loved it too! Thank you for the recipe! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

mark-Chinese sausage? I've never bought that before. I'll have to look into that.


motherrimmy-Hope you enjoy it!

jessica-It is YUM!

tastyeatsathome-You're so right. Once you get used to making it at home, you prefer it.

val-I love falafel. That's still one food that I find is better as take-out. Baking it is healthier but not as tasty as fried.

aparna-Indian style, of course. :)

livinlocal-It is. But then I end up eating too much!

teachercooks-You're so welcome!

sari-I love to make Thai at home as well.

maria-It's a TJ Maxx special!

maris-Asian food is so healthy and delicious, it's easy to get on a kick.

sues-I love making homemade pizza too. It's fresher and a lot less oily and fattening.

prezpisy-Then you should LOVE this!

sari-How sweet of you to write back and let me know. I'm so happy to hear it!

soma-With sesame? Oh, yes.