Oriental Pork with White Rice

This oriental dish is made with ground pork and is full of traditional flavors. Using oyster sauce and soy sauce, this dish is mostly savory with some sweet flavors. I added onion for an additional flavor. You could also add any other vegetables such as bok choy, peas, broccoli, Swiss chard, or radish. Best served with a side of rice, this dish is full of flavor and very filling. The recipe I made makes 5 adult sized meals.

  1. Place 1/2 pound ground pork into a large sauce pan, and heat over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil. Brown pork and break it up. Add 1 small diced onion (1/2 cup), and cook till translucent.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp oyster sauce and 1 Tbsp soy sauce, cook till dark brown. Add 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 dash red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp ground ginger. Stir.
  3. Add 1 cup water. Simmer until most water is evaporated. Serve with white rice.

Hotdog Fried Rice

Fired rice can be made with almost any ingredient. I like to have at least 1 protein and 1 veggie along with the rice and eggs. I like to use leftovers in this dish. I used new hotdogs, but the potatoes are my salt potatoes I made days ago, and the peas were leftover too from another meal. This was a huge meal and makes 5-6 servings. Add salt to taste.

  1. In a medium sauce pan, make 4 cups of rice.
  2. Thaw half a package of hotdogs, 5 dogs. Slice your hotdogs into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Heat a wok over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup oil and heat till shimmering. Add the hotdogs and cook till both sides are fried. Add any other ingredients that need cooking time (potatoes, fresh carrots, diced onion, anything that can handle stirring).
  4. Cook until additives are hot. Add 4 cups rice, and 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, stir and heat.
  5. Once rice is hot, add any of your softer veggies, and add 2 eggs in a well in the center. Heat until eggs are fully cooked, about 1-2 minutes. Serve.

Korean Curry

I pulled out a pound of ground beef and I was thinking all day what I could do with it. I did some Bing searches and came across curry. Josh nor I have ever had curry, but when I passed the idea by him, he was willing to try it too. Most of these spices I’ve never used, and if I had used them, it was only a tiny bit. I’m not familiar with all the flavors, how they interact, and how they cook. I looked at several Korean recipes for curry and several Indian recipes, and so I decided to add a bit of everything I had seen. This curry was a unique experience. Every bite had a different flavor. As it cooled, new flavors developed. It was delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it; it was so full of flavor. Our curry didn’t have any heat to it at all. It was strange because it was almost sweet at times. You can add more veggies to your curry, such as celery or beans, but I decided on just onion and tomatoes. I also added about 1 1/2Tbsp of cumin, and 2 Tbsp curry powder. We served it with cooked white rice, about 3 cups cooked. And, we’ll probably get 5 servings out of this recipe.

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil, then add about 1 lb of ground beef. Brown and break up the meat.
  2. Dice one onion, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups. Once the meat it browned, add the onion, and cook till it begins to turn translucent. Open a can of diced tomatoes and add to the pot.
  3. Next, you add your spices. Add 1 Tbsp Garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground mustard, 2 tsp turmeric, 3 tsp ground cayenne pepper, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 Tbsp ground ginger, and 1 tsp Paprika. Cook until mixture becomes thick.
  4. Add 3 cups of beef broth. Add curry powder and cumin to taste. Add 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Remove 1 cup of liquid, whisk in 2 Tbsp flour, then return to mixture. Boil down curry till it reaches your desired consistency and flavor.
  5. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool, then serve with rice.

Fried Rice with Egg and Home Fries

Fried rice is a breakfast I’ve done a few times when I’ve had leftover rice. You can add anything to rice to make a filling meal, but I find breakfast to be one of my favorites with fried egg mixed in. I’ve made it before with leftover creamed dried beef, adding some milk and an egg, and it was DELICIOUS. This is enough for 2 filling meals, and it’s a great cheap meal if you’re on a tight budget!

  1. Add 1 1/2 cup cooked rice to a medium frying pan. Add 2 Tbsp of oil to rice. Heat on medium heat until rice is hot.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Home Fries and crack 1 egg over top. Mix everything together thoroughly until egg is no longer soft, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Stuffed Pepper Rice

When I was growing up, I really loved stuffed peppers. I had only had homemade stuffed peppers 2 times growing up, otherwise I always had to buy them frozen because they took too long to make. I first made this dish when I was in High School. I wanted the taste of stuffed peppers without the time that it took to make them. I decided to just chop up the peppers and add them to the rice, and so I did. That is how this dish was formed. I like to top my bowl with some shredded cheese to get that final stuffed pepper vide. I also only cook the peppers enough to get warm, because I don’t like the texture of the mushy peppers, and I don’t want them to dissolve into the rest of the dish. Finally, I also like the crunch that the lightly cooked peppers brings to the dish.

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Dice up one medium onion (1 cup), and dice up 2 green peppers (1 1/2 cups). After 5 minutes, add 3 Tbsp of oil and add 1 lb of ground beef. Begin browning the beef, after 5 minutes, add onion and cook.
  2. In a side pan, add 1 1/2 cup rice, rinse until the water is clear, then add 1 1/2 cup water. Heat to a boil, then boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Once beef and onion is cooked, add one jar of spaghetti sauce, and add 1 cup of water to jar, shake then add that also to the mix. Stir, turn heat to low, cover and let heat for 5 minute until hot. Add the green peppers and cook for 2 minutes. Then, add cooked rice stir and remove from heat. Wait 5 minutes before serving then top with shredded cheese.