Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 163- Fried Rice

So I made a huge vat of fried rice. And then I eated it. All of it.

When I say huge, I guess I need to be a bit more specific. I started with about 6 cups of cooked rice and around the same amount of raw veggies. I filled my bowl 4 or 5 times. Very very full.

Of course, I cooked it at like 8am. And I ate it all day. So it wasn't j. with the wok in the bedroom, scarfing down rice and veggies.

But I'm still thinking that maybe eating all my fried rice in one day wasn't the smartest move ever. Mainly because it means I now have to cook again. I was kinda planning on the fried rice covering lunches for about a week. Instead it covered a halfling's collection of meals including a final bowl right before I fell asleep.

Good news from that is I got plenty of protein yesterday. And oodles of calories, too. Maybe not as many as I should (veggies and soy sauce are surprisingly low-cal) but since I only cooked once yesterday, I'm still calling it win. I probably could have topped off my day with a bowl of oatmeal, but I just can't face it yet.

Bad news is that the vat of fried rice probably cost more than a dollar to make. I think. The .25 for half an onion is what pushes it over, I think. The oil, cabbage, garlic, rice, carrots, and soy sauce all fit under $1 without the seriously spendy onions. I think. But if it was over a dollar, at least it wasn't by much. It was probably about $0.25 per ~1 pint serving. And I doubt it costs much more for a restaurant to make it (well, other than about 20 cents each worth of egg and meat)

I totally need to go back to my desert plan. Wonder if I can make any cookies with what I already have... I'm thinking probably not. Anyone know of a cookie recipe that doesn't need eggs, juice, abba sauce, or "butter"? I've got oil and vanilla, and I can make "milk" but after that it's pretty basic in my pantry.


  1. Haven't tried these, but looks like a workable recipe. You will need to get some carob or choco chips, but if you buy by the scoop, they can be affordable.

    2 cups unbleached flour
    2 tsps baking powder
    1/2 tsp.salt
    cinnamon to taste (optional)
    vegan chocolate or carob chips - put in as many as you like
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup water


    VERY IMPORTANT-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they're not at room temp but it works MUCH better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350.

    In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if you choose). Add chips. Make a well in the center and set aside.

    In a medium size bowl mix sugar and oil. Mix it well. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets.(top to bottom,and 180 degree rotation) Bake another 4 minutes and check them.

  2. Ohh, that's good! I think I do have everything but the chocolate chips. Wonder if it'd work without them. maybe like with raisins or oatmeal and raisins? I only wonder because I think the nearest affordable vegan choco chips are 30 miles away. I might end up getting the spendy ones--if they haven't changed the recipe again.

  3. If you can put it into your budget, cookies are easy to make with a cake mix, too.

  4. I've seen cake mix for 50 cents at discount stores around here - don't know how many cookies they make but they are SOOO GOOOOD. and maybe vegan since all you need to add is water? though most likely not...

  5. Depends on what's in them. The walmart brand wasn't even veggie last time I looked (beef fat). Good idea though- I'll check next time I'm at the store.

  6. I usually sub olive oil for butter in cookies, and oatmeal cookies I think don't use eggs, and would be another way to use your oatmeal.

  7. Can you please post your fried rice recipe again? I'd love to try it!

  8. http://365dollaryear.blogspot.com/2010/04/day-63-very-veggie-fried-rice.html

    Pretty much everything but the rice is optional. Yesterday was onion, carrot, garlic, and cabbage, I think. Plus vinegar, salt, oil, soy sauce.