Fried RiceJan 07 2011 by
You might be wondering why a meal with the word ‘fried’ is part of our healthy series ‘New You for the New Year”. Well, despite it’s name, fried rice is a super healthy meal that is not only delicious but quick and easy to make! Fried rice is one of my top 3 family friendly favorite meals. You just can’t lose with a meal that takes 5 minutes to make!
- 2 cups cooked rice (I used brown rice but arborio, jasmine or basmati work great too)
- 3-4 cups vegetables of your choice (if using frozen veggies make sure you warm and drain them first)
- 1 1/2 cups cooked protein of your choice - optional (chicken and tofu work great as does lean beef)
- 2 eggs, scrambled – optional
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- Add sesame oil to a large wok or fry pan over high heat.
- In a small bowl mix together soy sauce, garlic and vinegar.
- Drop a single piece of rice in the oil, if it sizzles the wok is ready.
- Add rice, protein and any thicker vegetables that you are using. Stir a couple of times and then add soy sauce mixture. Stir frequently for about 3 minutes.
- Add in any remaining vegetables and eggs (if using). Stir for 2 more minutes.
- Serve immediately and ENJOY!
Nutritional info will vary greatly depending on the ingredients used.
Store leftover fried rice in the fridge for up to 5 days.
This is a meal that we generally have on the weekends. I usually make a large amount of rice at one time that we then eat throughout the week. I use the leftover rice plus whatever frozen vegetables I have in the freezer and throw together a meal in minutes. Weekends tend to be busy for us so having a quick meal that everyone in my family loves and can customize to their own tastes is a win/win in my book!