Funny story: My newest book, Dinner for Everyone, began life with the working title, Something Something 3-Ways. You know, to describe the concept of having three distinct versions of the same dish—Easy, Vegan, and All-Out or “perfect for company.” Can you imagine? I still laugh when I run across files with the old name. (For the record, it was also called Bittman Does Dinner for about five minutes.)
Dinner for Everyone is the perfect title, since the recipes offer something for virtually every circumstance, mood, or occasion. And I love the way you just browse through 100 meals—and all those gorgeous photos—for inspiration.
Take Fried Rice. When nights are frantic, the temptation is to order in or pick up takeout. The easy recipe is faster than delivery and makes excellent use of frozen vegetables, stir-fried quickly in a hot pan so they’ve still got some bite. For a vegan option, try my spin on cauliflower rice, which is delicious, especially because it’s combined with some actual rice; a little silken tofu stands in for the egg. Then, deconstruct fried rice and you get Bibimbap—crisp bits topped with a fantastic assortment of banchan-like garnishes, with a fried egg on top. All three recipes are below.
Get it? Bittman does fried rice, three ways.
For this dish, be sure to observe the directives “use frozen vegetables and a very hot pan” (they’ll remain vibrant and crisp).
If you’ve got cooked brown rice handy, this recipe will take no time at all.
This familiar Korean dish is essentially deconstructed fried rice you mix together at the table. Just don’t skimp on the variety of toppings and let everyone play with his or her own bowls, adding plenty of the sweet, spicy sauce.
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