Easy Fried Rice // Do All Things With Love

My favorite recipes are all ones that let you use up whatever might be in your fridge, freezer or pantry. For example, Minestrone Soup is one where all you need is kidney beans as a base and you can then add whatever other veggies and/or noodles and/or meat that you want. My Homemade Pizza is the same way. Any kind of random vegetable, sauce or protein you have laying around can go on it. Well, last week I added another favorite to my list: fried rice! All you need is rice and at least one egg, then just add whatever vegetables and/or meat to it  and voila! An easy-peasy, inexpensive, made mostly from the freezer, dinner. 

Easy Fried Rice // Do All Things With Love

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 cups cooked rice (I always keep cooked rice in my freezer so I have it on hand)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen vegetables of your choice (peas, carrots, squash, spinach, onions, etc!)
  • 1/2 cup previously cooked protein of your choice (shrimp would be awesome in this)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • Sriracha sauce to taste (we LOVE spicy in this house, so I dump it on)
Pour on the hot sauce!!

Pour on the Sriracha!!

Directions:

  1. Warm sesame oil in a large pan over medium heat, add frozen ingredients (veggies, rice if it is frozen), cook for a few minutes until warm.
  2. Add rice, if you haven’t yet, add your cooked protein of choice, soy sauce and sriracha, stir.
  3. Once everything is heated nicely, crack two eggs and gently mix into your rice. Turn heat to low (or off) and cover for a few minutes. Once eggs are fully cooked, remove from heat and serve!

Variations:

  • For a super quick weeknight dinner, cook the rice ahead of time and freeze. Cook the meat ahead of time and freeze too. Then when it’s time for dinner throw your frozen rice, frozen veggies and pre-cooked protein in a pan and cook! You just need to add the oil, sriracha, soy sauce and egg. Cook until everything is heated and the egg is done, then serve. Maybe 10 minutes from freezer to table!
  • Use brown rice instead of white! It’s a little bit healthier and more sturdy for cooking/freezing.
  • Not into spicy? Omit the sriracha sauce.
  • This is a great dish for people with food allergies–it is dairy free to start with and very flexible. To make it gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauceVegetarian? Use a vegetarian protein of your choice! Paleo? Glad you asked! Try using cauliflower rice instead of the conventional rice.
  • This is a great meal if you are on a budget, it is filling and somewhat healthy. A bag of frozen mixed veggies is maybe $1.20, rice is less than $2.00/bag, a half dozen eggs are less than $2.00. For $5.20 you have enough ingredients for three batches of fried rice!signature1
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