What Does Woody Eat? "Fried" Rice June 08 2017, 1 Comment

Woody is a self proclaimed vegan.  Ok, maybe vegan is a strong word.  There are a handful of foods  Trace amounts of chicken and cheese are the only foods that my 20 month old son will eat that come from animals.  When I was little, I rarely ate meat and even today my favorite menu item is a well done veggie plate.  I get it!

As a mom, trying to come up with 3 meals a day and filling daily "nutritional requirements" is a daunting, anxiety building full time job!  Many say the fat in milk is essential for brain development, while others believe dairy is not good for us.  Protein is essential for this and that .. and is he getting enough vitamin A?  Help!

Pieces of rotisserie chicken, green beans and squash (always squash!) make their way to the floor off the side of the high chair.  I have tried (almost) everything.

One food I found that Woody does love is rice and this is when we have to get creative.  Find something your baby likes and doctor it up without them realizing a change.  

Woody's Favorite "Fried" Rice

2 tablespoons coconut oil
tamari (about 2-4 tablespoons)
1/4 sweet onion (grater with box grater)
1/4 cup carrot (grated with box grater or finely chopped)
1/4 cup red pepper (finely chopped)
1/4 frozen peas (thawed)
2 cups cooked brown rice (cooked in chicken, beef or vegetable broth)
1 egg (beaten)
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro for garnish

Heat coconut oil in pan.  Add onion and sauté until cooked through.  Add the carrot and red pepper and sauté about 3 minutes.  Add rice and fully combine.  Drizzle soy sauce to taste and continue to flip rice in batches every few minutes until rice is steaming hot and begins to get a nice golden color.  Make a well in the center of the rice and add the raw egg.  Quickly incorporate the egg into the rice mixture with a spatula.  (I like to fully combine before the egg starts to cook so there are no large chunks of egg for Woody to pick out and throw on the floor.)  Continue turning until egg is fully cooked.  Add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve hot. 

Note: You can add any vegetables or meat you have on hand.  I like to use rice that has been sitting in the refrigerator a day or two so it is a tad dried out.  I prefer tamari over soy sauce because it is gluten free. 


photography via The Woks of Life

The best part about this dish is that it is a meal in one.  One pot, less mess.  And my husband and I love it too.  As a matter of fact, I think I will make this tonight!

xo, laura