This recipe is a wonderful spring tonic after a long sedentary winter, especially if you use bone broth. You can eat it just as fried rice or add broth to make soup! It's a great way to use leftovers too! You can also fry the rice mixture in patties like hash browns and have with ketchup or salsa. This recipe has endless variations, making it great for eating on a budget.
Springtime Fried Rice Soup Serves 6
- 3 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
- 1 Cup Chopped Wild Onions or Ramps (substitute scallions or chives)
- A Large Fistful of Young Nettles
- 3 Eggs
- Soy Sauce, Tamari or Liquid Aminos to taste
- 3 TBS cooking oil
- 6 Cups Poultry or Vegetable Broth (More if you want to cook the rice in broth)
- Some Turkey or Chicken Breast
To make, you will first need to go harvest your wild onions and nettles. To learn about wild onions and how to harvest them check out Rabbit Ridge Farm's post Foraging: Wild Onions. She also has a great post about ramps if you want to use those: Foraging: Bring Back Ramps!. To harvest nettles, you will want to do so when they are very young (less than a foot tall). If they are any larger than this, they will be too stringy to eat. Everyone has their own method, some people use gloves or a stick or even a large comfrey leaf but I just use my hands and carefully break them off while pulling upwards. The trick is not to rub your fingers down the stem but up as the hairs will not go into your hands that way.
Once back from your foraging foray you will need to put the rice on to cook. While the rice is cooking, put on a pot of water to boil. Once boiling dunk 75% of your nettles into it for two minutes before pulling them out, set aside the rest uncooked. This will be sufficient to destroy the irritating effects but will not boil off all of the great nutrients in the nettles. Set aside.
Once the rice is done, mix it with the wild onions, cooked nettles, eggs, soy sauce, oil, and optional poultry meat in a fry pan. When making this I used a mixture of quail and duck eggs and a handful of cubed wild turkey breast, but you can use any eggs or meat you want. Fry ingredients together in the pan until the eggs and meat are cooked through and slightly browned. Now, you can eat it as fried rice as is or you can move onto the next step of making soup. This is a great way to utilize leftovers.
Heat your broth to boiling, I used turkey bone broth that I already had going on the stove, but once again you can use any broth you like. To learn about how to make bone broth and it's nourishing effects, check out my post How to Make Simple, Nourishing Bone Broth . In a bowl, put a half cup of the fried rice and a handful of the uncooked nettles you set aside earlier. Pour a cup of the boiling broth over it and let sit for a couple minutes to let the nettles cook. Enjoy!