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When it comes to cooking, we all struggle with trying to whip up a delicious (and easy) dish without it being too unhealthy. Actress Tia Mowry understands this challenge as a busy mom preparing meals for her family. With the release of her new cookbook, Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You, she makes cooking healthy foods less intimidating with recipes that are both simple and practical in the everyday kitchen.
This Kale and Almond Fried Rice recipe was adapted from Tia’s cookbook and offers a healthy alternative to the classic comfort food. “I am a huge fan of fried rice. But we know greasy fried rice isn’t necessarily great for us,” she tells Babble. “My whole goal is to take comfort foods and find substitutes to make it just as appealing and delicious but a little healthier.”
With just a few changes you can easily make fried rice more nutritious. Using tamari makes this dish gluten-free and the brown rice is loaded with fiber (and a nutty flavor). And the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger add a little bite, while the almonds offer a textured crunch.
All of this makes the one-pot recipe the perfect weeknight dinner for your family.
Kale and Almond Fried Rice
adapted from Whole New You
Makes: 4 servings
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/2-bunch Tuscan kale, ribs removed and leaves cut with kitchen scissors
- 2 cups brown rice (tip: use leftover takeout rice)
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons tamari sauce
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Sea salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- In a 10-inch skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. (Tip: you can easily peel the ginger with a spoon, by scraping the excess off). Sauté for 1-2 minutes, until lightly golden.
- Add kale and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the leaves are slightly wilted.
- Add rice, sesame oil, and tamari.
- Add almonds and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.