This recipe makes good use of leftover broccoli stalks, but its easily adaptable, so feel free to substitute other vegetables you might have in the fridge—asparagus, zucchini, peas, mushrooms, bok choy, bean sprouts, and jícama are all possibilities. The chewy brown rice has a nutty flavor, and you just can't argue with its antioxidant power and fiber. If you order the brown rice with Chinese takeout, bear in mind that the rice has to be well chilled so the starch hardens and becomes fry-able. Use fresh rice and you wind up with a gummy mess.
Heat all but 1 tsp. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet or stir-fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli stems, carrots, and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the edamame and corn and cook until the edamame is thawed, about 1 minute. Add the scallion, ginger, and garlic and cook, stirring, until the raw garlic aroma subsides, about 1 minute. Add the rice and Canadian bacon and cook, stirring, until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
Make a 3-inch well in the center of the rice mixture. Add the remaining 1 tsp. oil, then the eggs, and cook, stirring, until the eggs are almost fully scrambled. Stir the eggs into the rice mixture. Stir in the soy sauce and serve.
The rice is a complete meal on its own, but if you want to bulk up the meal, Snow Pea, Scallion, and Radish Salad makes for a fresh, crunchy side dish.
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