“You gotta nourish to flourish.” -Unknown
We have had a great summer, loving our RV and the fun of taking our home on wheels to new places and experiencing new adventures. So far, one of the best things about traveling in our RV has been being able to cook outside and taking the meals we love the most with us. We’ve had some great food in beautiful spots. Everything tastes great outside!
Not only did we eat great food in our RV this summer but we were asked to participate in the Rootless Living Magazine Summer Cookout Series which was tons of fun. Over the course of a couple weekends, we used our RV and Blackstone Griddle to bring Rose Mary’s Fried Rice recipe to life to share with the RV community. Check out the article and all the other great recipes included in the series at https://www.rootlessliving.com/rose-marys-fried-rice/.
While Roger and I were dating, his Mother, Rose Mary, taught me how to make her home-made Chinese meal which includes the fried rice and the family favorite, Egg Rolls! I never saw a recipe but I’ve made the recipes my own over the years and we’ve shared them with family and friends for special occasions and on random weekends when we have a craving. Rose Mary even had a great set of Chinese dishes that she would get out when the family would sit down to enjoy her Chinese and when she and Roger’s Dad sold their house and set out in their RV as full timers, she gave me a portion of the set, which I hold dear and try to use often!
To get part of our favorite meal on the road, Rose Mary’s Fried Rice has gone from a wok to our Blackstone Griddle and I paired it with Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers. The two are easy to make on our griddle and are a great pairing for a Chinese take-out kind of meal in the woods!
The rice comes together quickly so I prep all of the ingredients and then start to cook. To make things easier, I cheat and use boil-in-bag rice. You can easily adapt the recipe servings up or down depending on how many you’re feeding by making more rice and doubling your other ingredients. We use pork in the rice, well, because that’s how Mom makes it! And while our family might raise an eyebrow or two, you CAN use chicken, shrimp, or go vegetarian and add onions, or peas and carrots. Make your favorite take out fried rice. The sky is the limit!
Rose Mary’s Fried Rice
1-2 bags of boil-in-bag rice, cooked and cooled; you can also cook rice in an Instant Pot or stovetop if preferred.
1-2 packages of thin cut boneless pork chops, diced
2-4 eggs, scrambled
1 bunch green onions or scallions, chopped
Low sodium soy sauce to taste
How to make it
-Cook the rice whether you use boil-in-bags or rice in your Instant Pot. Set aside.
-Lightly oil your Blackstone Griddle and cook the pork on medium high heat until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from the cooking surface and set aside. (If you don’t have a Blackstone, you can use a wok on your grill)
-Lower the heat. If you are opting to add any vegetables, this would be a good point to cook those on a lightly oiled surface, removing them to join the pork.
-Still on a low heat, add a little oil to your cooking surface and scramble the eggs until cooked completely.
-To the cooked eggs, add the cooked rice, pork, scallions, (veggies, if using) and soy sauce to taste.
-Stir to combine and continue to stir to prevent the rice from sticking and to heat the dish through. Serve and enjoy right away.
Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers Alyssa Rivers at
1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak, cubed
1 red onion, cut in large chunks
2/3 cup soy sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced (I cut back on this just a shade)
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
Sliced green onions for garnish
How to make it
-In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, vegetable oil, sugar, ginger, and sesame seeds. Add the cubed steak and toss to coat. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
-Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
-Thread the meat and onion onto the skewers.
-Grill 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking.
**Note/Tricks: If you love garlic, go for the 6 cloves in the recipe. I cut back on it just a bit to balance out the flavors. You can buy your sirloin and cut it into cubes or buy it already cubed which is a short cut that I use.
If you like Chinese Take out like we do, I promise, making your own is a wonderful treat and it is really easy to make. It’s not too late to try these recipes out and we truly hope you enjoy this meal!