The best fried rice starts with leftover cooked rice; the grains are less moist, which makes them better to "fry" than fresh cooked rice. For quick weeknight meals, start with boil-in-bag instant rice; let it cool while you prepare the remaining ingredients. (Serves 4)

Pork and Edamame Fried Rice

Egg rolls with dipping sauce *

Lemon sorbet
Credit: Randy Mayor

* Bake 4 frozen white-meat chicken egg rolls (such as Pagoda) according to package directions. While egg rolls bake, combine 1 tablespoon minced green onions, 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons duck sauce, and 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce (such as Sriracha). Serve sauce with egg rolls.