Just like a kid, I love having dinner at Japanese steakhouses like Benihana but sometimes I want the rice and/or veggies without the 1 1/2 hour program and all that food in the different courses. When I have the desire but not the patience, I make my own at home. Chicken Fried Rice is a great one-pot meal in the style of Jambalaya or other stove-top one-potters.
Easier and faster than it looks, just think about how quickly those Japanese chefs whip up the fried rice before moving on to the steak/chicken/shrimp entree. And the leftovers are great for lunch the next day or my work lunchbox.