Fried Rice is one of those recipes that's a no brainer when you want dinner that's fast, tasty and absolutely no fuss! Keep a batch of cooked plain rice ready in the fridge, and this Corn Fried Rice with Shrimp will come together in minutes. You can change it up by adding in whatever veggies and protein you prefer - it'll all taste absolutely delicious. I promise!
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are the days that Baby Dear is whisked off to daycare bright and early in the morning. These are also the days where I can run errands, get most of my freelance work done and enjoy a cuppa 'Joe with my feet up until 3 in the afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays, we take it easy and have fun by going to the library for story time, watching a lot of Disney Jr., and just playing and doing mundane things around the house!
Of course, no two days of mine are ever alike. Here is just a glimpse of what my Monday looked like this week:
7:45 - Drove Baby Dear off to daycare.
8:45-9:45 - Headed to the gym and worked out for an hour while watching CityLine.
10:00 - Took a shower, made the bed, started a load of laundry and prepared breakfast.
10:30-1:30 - Sat down to a working breakfast while catching up on emails and other blog related things on my to-do list.
1:30 - Made a quick bite to eat from last night's leftovers and watched some Food TV.
2:00-3:00 - Quick clean up around the house, another load of laundry, checked on emails and a to-do list for tomorrow.
3:00-4:00 - Sat down to my afternoon cup of coffee with some delicious homemade chocolate-oatmeal cookies, while I worked on a few blog posts for the upcoming week.
4:00-4:30 - Prepped for dinner.
4:45 - Off to pick up Baby Dear while battling the crazy weather!
5:30 - Finally home, changed into jammies and settled Baby Dear with his toys while I prepped his dinner.
6:30 - Fed Baby Dear his dinner of Spinach Parathas, Dal and Baingan Bharta.
6:45-7:30 - Snuggled on the couch with Baby Dear; he watches some TV and I read a new cookbook I just received in the mail.
7:30 - Hubby Dear swoops in, Baby Dear jumps to greet his daddy and follows him upstairs to get changed while I heat up dinner and set it on the table.
8:00 - We all sit down to a family dinner. Yes, Baby Dear is on dinner #2!
8:30-9:30 - Hubby Dear and Baby Dear are whisked away from the kitchen and spend some quality play time while I clean up the kitchen, pack Hubby Dear's lunch for tomorrow and run the dishwasher. I almost never turn off the lights until my kitchen counters and sink are empty and clean - makes starting off the next morning so much more peaceful!
9:30 - We're off upstairs to read Baby Dear his bed time story and tuck him in.
9:45 - We drag our feet to bed. Hubby Dear does a final check on his emails for the night and I catch up on some TV or Youtube. We both then pick up our reading material of choice, he's currently on a Sherlock Holmes kick and I go through my never-ending blog feeds. Within minutes, it's lights off!
Wow! Just typing that out makes me want to take a nap. But it's Wednesday today - Baby's day out and Mommy's day to attend her weekly cooking class. It'll probably be mid-afternoon by the time I'm home and not much time left to prep a big dinner before I have to leave to pick up my tiny tot.
Days like these are perfect for a quick one-pot meal that's got a little of everything in it. This Corn Fried Rice with Shrimp is what's for our dinner tonight. This is a very easy breezy recipe that hardly takes anytime at all and can be put together in minutes - perfect when you have tons of leftover rice. I can't even remember how many times I've made this recipe at the end of a long tiring day. And it never fails to please me!
So tell me, what do you feed your family on a busy day?
Corn Fried Rice with Shrimp
- 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 small-sized onion finely chopped
- 15-20 small-sized shrimp shelled and deveined
- 1 cup frozen coen kernels thawed
- 1 teaspoon white pepper powder
- 3 cups cooked plain rice preferably cold or at least room temperature
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives for garnish
- Heat oil in a large non-stick pan on medium-high heat and saute garlic, ginger and onions till fragrant and lightly brown.
- Add in the shrimp, corn and white pepper powder, and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the shrimp cooks through.
- Add in the rice and soy sauce, give it a good mix and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh chives.
- Serve immediately.
This post was originally published in March 2013 and has been recently updated.
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