Category Archives: GRAINS

Sonia's Easy Oriental Rice

2 cups of cooked white rice
1/2 diced onion
1/2 red or gold pepper cut into small pieces
2 scramble eggs
2 cups any cooked vegetables (I use peas, corn, diced asparagus, carrots)
1/2 cup smoked ham cut into small pieces
1 cup cooked shrimp or diced cooked chicken
3 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
salt and pepper

Heat olive oil and cook onion, pepper and ham for 7 minutes. Add rice, rest of vegetables, sesame oil, and soy sauce, stir well and cook for 10 minutes stirring as needed. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp or chicken, eggs, stir and cook for 2 more minutes or until warm. Serves 6

Sonia's Split Pea Soup

3 cups smoked ham stock
2 cups split peas
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 diced onion
1 fresh carrot cut into small pieces
2 minced garlic heads
salt and pepper

In a soup pan heat the oil and saute onions, carrot, and garlic with some salt and pepper until onions start to turn brown. Pour the warm stock and split peas to the pot and simmer until peas are soft. Around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Server and garnish with crispy croutons or dice ham. Serves 6

*My new neighbor in Dallas gave me a smoked ham and I decide to create this soup!

Sonia's Basil (or your favorite herb) Rice – Recipe

1 cup of jasmine or white rice
2 tablespoon butter
1 onion chopped into small pieces
3 crushed garlic heads
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped basil or any other herb like, cilantro, or mint.
salt and pepper

In a thick tall pot melt the butter over medium. Add the onion and garlic stirring for 5 minutes. Grind the basil and broth in a blender. Stir the rice and add the chicken broth, salt ( Salt gets lost on the rice, put more than normal) and pepper to taste. Bring to boil then reduce to low. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes or until done. Serves 4

*Living in Dallas has inspired me to create herb rice.