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Postpartum Ginger Fried Rice

Updated: Jan 5, 2020

Every time I make this dish for clients, they sit right down and eat the whole thing! No leftovers... I've put my own spin on this recipe, but it is based on one in The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou. Incorporating Chinese traditions, it is part cookbook, part meditation on how to have a great postpartum experience. The writing and photography are gorgeous. Ou writes, "If a Chinese elder were to visit you immediately after birth, this is likely the offering they'd bring. Light and warming, its star ingredient is ginger, to boost blood circulation and balance excess 'wind' in the body after birth." Ginger Fried Rice 2c cooked rice 3T toasted sesame oil 1t finely diced fresh ginger 1/2c frozen peas 1/2c diced carrot 1t crushed garlic (optional) 2 large eggs beaten tamari/soy sauce/coconut aminos sea salt and pepper to taste optional: cooked protein - cubed chicken/steak/pork, or shrimp/scallops optional garnish: sesame seeds and fresh cilantro 1. Heat sesame oil in a medium skillet over high heat. 2. Add carrots, peas, garlic, and ginger. Cook until carrots soften. 3. Add rice and a generous sprinkle of tamari and fry (you made need a splash more oil). Spread rice out in the pan, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Pour the beaten eggs into the rice, add salt and pepper, and stir until eggs are cooked, about 5 mins. 5. If you are including protein, add it to the rice, heating it through. 6. Serve with extra tamari and garnishes (if you want/have them) in beautiful bowls with love. Enjoy! Note: you may want to double the recipe next time!

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