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Exploring Culinary Creativity: Unveiling the “Secret Ingredient” in Our Elementary School Fried Rice Adventure

Our second through fifth graders recently made fried rice in gardening class, and as often happens when we do cooking lessons, parents have been eager to know what “the secret ingredient” was that made their children so excited about a healthy dish. Of course the real “secret” is that they were involved in the cooking, and often the growing and harvesting! But here are the ingredients, in case you want to recreate the dish at home:

  • jasmine rice

  • red, orange, and yellow bell pepper

  • one sweet onion

  • one egg

  • 5–7 cloves of garlic

  • carrots

  • green onion

  • ginger root grated or very finely diced

  • green peas (frozen is fine)

  • gluten free soy sauce

  • coconut aminos

  • sesame oil

  • olive oil

  • garlic powder

  • black pepper

  • salt

Sauté one onion and 5-7 garlic cloves in sesame and olive oil on low heat until browned. Add in diced carrots and diced bell pepper. Once cooked through, add the rice, egg, and all of the seasonings.


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