Ham and Pea Fried Rice is quick and easy. It’s made with leftover ham which is a great way to use leftover ham to make a fun meal for your family.
I have drawers and drawers full of gadgets. Kitchen gadgets mind you! Sheesh.
Some of them are great for a minute and serve a purpose, the rest of them just sit there. Unused. Taking up space in my drawer. Precious space for gadgets – no, kitchen TOOLS that actually work.
KitchenIQ makes amazing kitchen tools. I will gladly donate or bequeath gadgets to another, young, budding kitchen hoor to get them on their way to make room for KitchenIQ tools. I’ve used many in my few years of blogging. I use them all the time and often!!
I first highlighted their V-etched Spice Grater in my Chai Chocolate Apricots with Pistachios. Yes. I still keep this in my parent with a piece of nutmeg in it that I use all the time. Making a béchamel based cheese sauce? Put a little sprinkle of nutmeg in it to enhance its flavor. You’d be surprised.
I also use a sprinkle in cookies, pies, and even my Swedish meatballs. I still have to share that recipe with y’all. So, as you can tell, it’s stays in the front of my pantry and I get really irritated if it gets buried and I have to dig for it. It’s usually right in front on the baking shelf; easy to grab even for shorty here.
I don’t have a post where I highlighted their V-etched Better Zester. That’s a shame. I should. It is, hands down, really the best zester I’ve ever used. I’ve even given Dad one and he loves it. It has this tray that not only catches but measures – yes, I said MEASURES – your zest so you know exactly how much you’ve zested for your recipe. This is mind blowing.
It stays in the front or on the side of the drawer so I can easily pull it out every time I need to zest something or if I want to grate some ginger or onion. I use it for more than just fruit zests. It has multi-purposes.
This time, Camilla over at Culinary Adventures with Camilla had them send me The Grate Ginger Tool. And I have got to tell you, this thing is GREAT!! It grates ginger and could easily grate onion, garlic, or anything else you wanted grated for your recipes. Then you flip it over…
And there’s a SLICER! Hello multi-purpose!! Needless to say, my mind has been making a list of all the ways I could use the slicer part. Outside of the obvious garlic and carrots that immediately popped into my mind, I thought of strawberries! I have their Strawberry Tool already that I featured with my Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese Bites, but the Grate Ginger Tool would make smaller slices. Thinner slices.
I almost ALMOST took those slices I made and toasted them in the pan just for garnish purposes. ALMOST. I think the hubs would have thought I was off my rocker if I did that. I may have to try that when he’s not around.
You know what the best part about the The Grate Ginger Tool, is? It’s SO EASY TO USE!! It took me just a few minutes to figure out what I needed to do to get my ginger grated for dinner. A quick rinse under some hot water, a little wipe with a soapy sponge, and it was cleaned in almost as much time as it took to use it.
No. I’m not kidding. Even when I was playing around with the slicer part while the ham cooked. You know why? It has nonstick surfaces. That’s why it cleans in not time! LOVE that. Because I’m all for quick and easy especially when it’s a multi-tasking tool like The Grate Ginger Tool.
When you’re talking a weeknight dinner like this one, you want quick and easy not only in recipe and preparation, but clean-up, too. That’s why I love this recipe so much! First, you purchased some ham – prechopped or not, that’s really up to you – and some frozen peas. Then you cook up some rice. I used brown rice because it has more fiber. Finally, you mix up an egg with some soy, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper.
Honestly. How simple can it be? It’s also pretty frugal, too. I don’t know about you, but I usually have everything on hand in the pantry or freezer. So, consequently, it wouldn’t really cost me a dime. Well, technically, yes, but not when I got ready to make the meal. Meaning, I wouldn’t have to put these items ON the shopping list. I already have them.
And just look at that hearty goodness! It’s packed with lean ham, sweet peas, the nutty brown rice, and the sesame and soy flavored egg coating over the rice. And…. GINGER! The ginger flavor is throughout the whole dish and tastes amazing. There’s hoisin, fish sauce, teriyaki sauce; I could pass on all those. As long as I have tamari soy, sesame seed oil, and ginger I’m a happy person. That’s all I need for a stir fry or a fried rice recipe.
You see what I mean about the slices? I think I’m in love with this new tool. I see SO many uses for it. Radishes! Cucumbers! The Grate Ginger Tool is genius and it will have a prominent place in my pantry right next to the V-etched Spice Grater. I’ll definitely be using it often for not just ginger.
What’s your favorite KitchenIQ tool? Which one do you plan on purchasing next?
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon low sodium-tamari soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
- pinch crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 pound cubed, lean ham
- 2 cups cooked, brown rice
- 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion
- Combine the egg with the soy sauce, sesame seed oil, and crushed red pepper. Beat lightly and set aside.
- Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat. Add the ginger while the pan is still cool. When the ginger becomes fragrant and begins to pop, add the ham.
- Saute the ham until heated through and slightly browned. Add the frozen peas and onions. Continue cooking until the onions are crisp tender.
- Stir in the rice and cook for 1 minute before pouring the egg mixture over the rice. Cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until the eggs are cooked through and coating the rice.
Disclosure: I received complimentary items from KitchenIQ for the purpose of review. All words and opinions are mine. I have received no additional compensation for these posts.