As many of you know, my son likes to get in the kitchen and cook fairly routinely. Last week when I was in Florida visiting my parents, he woke up the first day and made a big breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and turkey bacon for the four of us. The next day he baked a cake.
He is always thinking of food he wants to cook. He looks up recipes to try on the internet, and even makes up food concoctions, some of which are very intriguing (and yummy!).
Often, his only limits are the ingredients in my pantry. But even then, he’s been known to get creative and find substitutes for missing ingredients.
This confidence with cooking comes from years of exposure, support and encouragement in the kitchen.
From the time he was a toddler, he was helping my husband stir pancake batter and crack eggs on Saturday mornings.
It wasn’t long before he was asking and reminding my husband that he wanted and could be doing more–taking the lead in his own kitchen education. Kids can cook, if you let them.
This is My Little Man’s fried rice recipe—we’ll call it Easy Fried Rice—and it’s one of his favorite things to make. It’s a family pleaser and may be a way to step up the food preparation in your kitchen with your grade-schoolers.
Easy Fried Rice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
Leftover cooked rice, about 2 cups
1 cup shelled, frozen edamame
soy sauce, to taste
sesame oil, to taste
In a large sauté pan, sauté onion, carrots and celery in oil over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Push the veggies to the side of the pan and crack 2 eggs and scramble them.
Add the cooked rice, edamame and soy sauce. Combine until heated through. Sprinkle more soy sauce if needed. Garnish with a drizzle of sesame oil.
What’s your favorite fried rice recipe? Let me know in the comments!
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: April 9, 2014
Updated on: May 11, 2019