Budget-Friendly Chickpea Fried Rice

Budget-Friendly Chickpea Fried Rice


So I’m standing here with this lovely lady. She’s our friend of our show, this is Daniel Kartes and she’s here. Thank you. With two great week dinners, aka you’re running outta money. Done, it’s over. (laughter) Her and I were talking about this backstage and we have both been in the grocery store at that point in our lives where we really, sincerely thought about chicken, toilet paper. What’s more important? Chicken, toilet paper. Which one do I need more if I don’t have enough money in the bank. Laundry soap, potatoes. I know right? Yes! And it kind of gives you a sense of pride being able to stretch a dollar. Yes, and you’re like, look what I did. I created a feast out of nothing. Outta nothing! Yes, my husband does that all the time. He’s like we should go out. There’s nothing in the fridge. I’m like, hold my beer. (laughter) I got you baby. I got you, yeah, here we go. All right, what are we making first? Okay, so chick pea fried rice. Chick pea fried rice! I have never met anybody that doesn’t like beans and rice. So it’s literally what you have. So we have all these colorful, beautiful veggies now, but it you only have celery, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you only have a little bit of onion, you just go for it and you just put it all in the pan. It’s using up all of your veg. Everything, even if it’s a little bit soft, if it’s soft, if it’s a little bit. Yeah, perfectly fine, that’s the point, it’s just like soup, fried rice works just the same. Using up what’s in the fridge. Exactly, so we’re using all this good stuff up, and we have a really nice spread here, but you can use anything and if you don’t have chick peas, use a can of red beans. If you don’t have red beans, skip it. It’s just that beans are a great stretch a buck because they’re a great source of protein and fiber and nutrients, and they are cheap. Absolutely, they’re super cheap. And you can get a bag of dried beans for like a dollar, and you soak those bad boys overnight. Just takes a little bit of thinking. Little bit of preparation. I’m gonna start eating your chick peas cause I’m a little snacky. I actually love that. I love it when you cook along and eat along with me. Okay, so we’re gonna pretend that these are all gorgeous. All right, put that over here. Okay, here, we’ll just play some musical chairs. And you know what? Chick peas taste awesome when you just crisp them up a little bit, they get a little chewy. And a little nutty. When you’re missing things like meat, you wanna figure out how can I add flavor. And texture. And texture. So don’t be afraid to really get into this. I love it. Little table salt and pepper? Yep, go for it baby. Oh I love that mmmm. You guys are cute. I know. Now make the sauce. Add the rice? Add the rice, go for it. I’m gonna do the sauce. So this is great too. When you’re at home, and maybe you’ve got soy sauce. Maybe you got some rice vinegar. Roll with what you have. You can also use the packets that we all have 49 of from Chinese take out. Yes, absolutely, save it because you never know when you’re gonna need it. You never know when it’s gonna be lean. And then on payday, you’re gonna wanna treat yourself. You treat yourself to some chili paste. This is gonna last six months. It lasts a long time. A long time. Here, a little bit of brown sugar. And a little brown sugar. You can use honey, you can use whatever. So a little bit of sweet, a little bit of sour with your vinegar and soy sauce. Flavor profiles. Yum. You want the sweet, you want the sour, you want the savory, you put it all together. Add it? Go for it. We forgot to crack an egg. You didn’t, I did. There’s an egg cracked back there. Don’t you tell me. It’s for the next one. Oh okay fine. So, this is the great thing about stuff like this. You just make a little well, and you know how you go to the fried rice place and it’s like the delicious egg drop thing. Boom. We’re just gonna put him right in the center, and into our garbage bowl. See last time I used this for a. Scramble him up a little bit? Scramble him up. Scramble him up a little bit? I love it yeah, go for it. And let him cook up a little bit. Let it cook up. And reduce your sauce. Whatever you have works, and this is so tasty. Perfect. You want all this in here? Well whatever fits. Look at that! And then we’ll put some delicious salad on the side. Look at that! It’s beautiful. Look at that! (applause) And a little cilantro. Beautiful. It’s gorgeous. Tada! Okay, number two. And that’s nice. (applause)

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