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Flax Fried Rice

From the Flax Council of Canada, www.flaxcouncil.ca
 
When you add flax seed to your cooking, you add a pleasant, nutty taste, and more. The attractive, oval reddish-brown seeds of flax add taste, extra texture and good nutrition to your breads and other baked goods. That’s why flax has been long-used in multi-grain cereals and snack foods. Flax seed also delivers the benefits of its soluble fibre, lignans, omega-3 fatty acid mix and protein.
 
Flax seed can be added to your cooking in its ground or whole seed form.
 
• Whole flax seed - The small, reddish-brown seeds of flax add nutrition when added to bread dough, pancake, muffin or cookie mixes. When sprinkled on top of any of these before baking, they also add crunch, taste and eye appeal.
 
• Ground flax seed - Grind a desired amount of flax seed to a free-flowing granular consistency in a coffee bean grinder. Added to any foods, the ground flax seed enhances the flavor, appearance and food value.

Serves 6 

Ingredients
1 cup long grain rice
½ tsp. sesame oil
¼ cup flax seed, toasted
3 eggs, beaten well
½ cup diced cooked ham or any meat
¾ cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn), thawed
2 green onions, cut into 1/4 inch lengths
2 tbsp. soy sauce
  1. Rinse rice well in a sieve under cold running water.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil, add rice, bring to a boil again, stirring with a fork. Reduce heat, cover, simmer slowly 20 minutes. Remove lid, allow steam to escape. Fluff rice with a fork. Cool, cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, heat canola oil.
  4. Add egg and fry until half cooked.
  5. Add rice, breaking up any lumps, stirring quickly to coat the rice.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low; add ham, vegetables and green onions.
  7. Cook, turning rice mixture gently but frequently, about 4 minutes.
  8. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and flax seed.
  9. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 3 minutes.

Note: To toast flax seed, spread flax seeds in small metal pan. Bake at 350°F for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir while toasting.

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