Hippie Fried Rice and Productivity


I’m going to be brief. Why? Because I have a baby just learning to crawl (backwards) and a toddler helping herself to a whole pan of bread rolls. This is the life we lead, right? We have so many plates spinning at once. Jordan has been gone for 8 days so far and he’ll still be gone for a few more. 

The kids can smell it on me. The fatigue…the desperation…the wind sucked from my sails. Lila decided to throw down last night right at bed time about putting her dresses away. It took 45 minutes of draining and determined parenting to diffuse it and kiss an obedient and forgiven toddler goodnight. It took just about all I had left. 

Then, I was up editing the video of my hunt last…week? year? I don’t remember. In the midst and on top of that, I was preparing for the webinar I was teaching on essential oils last night. So, all that to say, I have been working and working but didn’t have much to show for it. Do you ever feel that way? I feel like I should write down a to-do list and add the expected things just so I feel accomplished afterward. 

  • Feed Children
  • Do dishes
  • Feed children again
  • Nope, go back and do more dishes
  • Change the fish water
  • Console the still grieving toddler about her loss of her goldfish, Flounder 
    • “Ariel is still alive”
    • “Ariel is happy because we brought her Prince Eric”
    • “Mommy misses Flounder too, babe, he was a good fish”
  • Dance to Shake it Off. Again (this one is for you, don’t lie)
  • Start laundry
  • Kiss owies
  • Switch laundry
  • Pretend to be a Lion and scare the kids into a fit of laughter
  • Wash the kids
  • Fish their clothes out of the dryer 
  • Read Goodnight Moon.
  • Read it again. 
  • Read Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Read Goodnight Moon 

It’s on days like these that I need a secret weapon. A recipe that I’ll love and that Lila will love. No fights, no fuss, just great flavor and a happy belly. Hippie fried rice. 


Cook the brown rice in a Rice Cooker. One part rice: two parts water. Save yourself the brainpower and crappy rice. 


Chop up some veggies. How about onions, carrots, mushrooms and kale? What do you have? Just use it. Coconut oil, cook. 


Now, scootch everything over and toast up some coconut in your pan and throw in some dried cranberries.


Fold it all together, set it aside in a different bowl. Pump up the heat, a little more oil, fry the rice. Screamin hot pan, lightly fried rice. Now, scootch again, throw in some more coconut oil and crack a couple eggs in there, slightly scramble.  throw in all the veggies. 


Now, sauce it. A splash of soy, a splash of teriyaki, S &P. 

Now WALK AWAY. This stuff is too hot. Show some self control. 

Ok, now you can eat. Go for it. Tell your friends. It’s awesome. Check it of your list. Dinner. Boom Boom Chow. 


If you must have one, I’ll give you an actual recipe… Fine. 

Hippie Fried Rice
It's like fried rice, if fried rice went to a liberal arts school and didn't wear shoes.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 1/2 cup dry brown rice
  2. 1 small onion chopped
  3. 1 carrot peeled and diced
  4. 1 cup chopped kale
  5. 1/3 cup diced mushrooms
  6. 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  7. 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 3 tbs soy sauce
  10. 3 tbs teriyaki sauce
  1. cook the rice according to the directions (I insist you use a rice cooker. Just order one. life changing)
  2. sauté all your veggies in some coconut oil. Save the kale, coconut and cranberries and put those in right when the other veggies are about done.
  3. scoop it out and set aside.
  4. With another tbs coconut oil, "fry" up your rice. (cooked, then cooled rice works best, but I do it with hot rice too. who cares.)
  5. make a well in your rice and fry up the eggs. Break the yolks but don't scramble.
  6. Now toss the veggies in and sauce it.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste and that's it!
  1. It keeps in the fridge for 5 days and it reheats really well for an amazing lunch!
Dear Darla http://deardarla.com/


  1. Becca says:

    Darla, you are an amazing mom! Anybody child/husband would be blessed to have you. It will be worth it, just think how many memories they will have of mom as a LION!

    • DearDarla says:

      Thank you so much! I actually wrote this a while back and someone asked for the recipe again so reposted it. I want to tell myself those same things! I was in a tough season and have thankfully been able to move forward from that place. 🙂 you’re words are so appreciated!

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