Dinner tonight … wait, let me back up. Can I just rhapsodize for a minute about a chain-restaurant salad? I am seriously addicted to Quiznos‘ Honey Mustard Chicken Salad. I had it for lunch again today with their Carrot Cake. I’m in a rut and not afraid to admit it.
The salad is quite simple really. Mixed greens topped with grilled chicken strips, crunchy bacon pieces, Cheddar cheese and the biggest cherry tomatoes I have ever seen (and that’s quite a statement coming from the Garden State!). Their Honey Mustard dressing tops it perfectly. I also have them add mushrooms too, for an added vegetable (you have to take the opportunities where they are). What I don’t understand is why, when I buy the exact same ingredients and assemble this at home, it doesn’t taste the same. The same is true of McDonalds Fruit & Yogurt Parfait. Buying vanilla yogurt, granola, strawberries and blueberries and putting it together just doesn’t yield the same taste. Which is why I gladly forked over another buck for the Yogurt Parfait to finish off my salad… oh, and that carrot cake too. Quiznos Carrot Cake is topped with a thin confectioner’s sugar glaze, instead of the traditional cream cheese frosting, and I think that’s what does it for me. Luckily, while I’m eating it, I can see the bits of shredded carrots … making it almost healthy, right?
OK, onto dinner tonight. Really quite a simple meal. Roasted Chicken with my House Fried Rice. The rice dish is very easy to make and quite dummy proof. Try it — you’ll find yourself making it instead of ordering from your local Chinese food joint… and with a little less “fried” than their rice, it’s better for you. Take it from me.
House Fried Rice
Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in large skillet. Add 4 cloves garlic (minced), 2 onions (chopped), 1/2 tsp ginger paste, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tablespoon Tamari/soy sauce. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes (might need to add a little more oil or soy sauce to keep everything “wet”). Add 3 cups cooked rice. Stir fry 5 minutes so rice can absorb flavors. Add 1 cup peas. Stir well into rice mixture. Just before serving, add 2 eggs, beaten. Over medium heat, stir carefully through rice until eggs are cooked.
Note: You might find you need to add more salt/soy to taste. For variety, sometimes I add some cooked chicken pieces (rotisserie chicken works great) or cooked shrimp.