Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprout Fried Rice

Serving Size: 4

I like Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprout Fried Rice as a satisfying vegetarian meal or festive seasonal side, but feel free to give it a heartier spin with a little meat if you must.

Ingredients

  • 3 cup cubed butternut squash (about 1 large squash)
  • 2 tsp toasted hemp or sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
  • 2.5 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • large Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced crosswise (You should have about 3 cups sliced sprouts.)
  • 1 Tbsp good quality maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, divided (Yes, you can use olive oil if you must.)
  • 4 eggs (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Arrange your cubed butternut squash on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Toss to coat. Transfer the squash to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes until tender, turning once halfway through. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Meanwhile, slice your sprouts. In a large saucepan or wok, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the sprouts and cook for 5-6 minutes until the sprouts are tender and lightly browned. Transfer the sprouts to a bowl and briefly set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the grated ginger, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
  5. In the same saucepan/wok used for the sprouts, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil. When hot, add the shallots and cook for 1-2 minutes until translucent. Add the rice and cook for 1 minute. Add the roasted squash and Brussels sprouts to the pan along with the soy sauce mixture, toasted hemp/sesame seeds and scallions. Cook for 1 minute more.
  6. If you’re serving your rice topped with fried eggs (you really should), now’s the time to cook those bad boys. I assume you know how to fry an egg, but if not, heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick saucepan/skillet. Carefully add the eggs, one at a time, and cook for about 3 minutes until the whites have set, but the yolk is still runny. Immediately remove them from the pan.
  7. Divide rice among bowls/plates, and top each serving with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

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