Vegetable Fried Rice

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Here’s a quick and healthy alternative to the greasy fried rice from your local Chinese takeout. I make this dish or some sort of similar version whenever we have any leftover rice from the previous day (or two). The great thing about this dish is that you can use all sorts of vegetables, even the vegetables that are about to spoil in your fridge. You can also add in any left over proteins (chicken, shrimp, tofu, or pork would all be yum). It’s also easy. Super easy.

Ingredient:

  • 4-5 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 5-6 green onions, chopped and separating bottom half from the top half
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped*
  • 3c vegetables (frozen or fresh cut into bite sized pieces)**
  • 4-5c white rice (1-2 days old)***
  • 4 eggs
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp hoisin sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • approximately 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Add 1tbsp vegetable oil to your wok****
  2. Scramble eggs on medium heat and set aside
  3. Add 1tbsp of vegetable oil to your wok on medium/high heat
  4. Add bottom half of chopped green onions and garlic to wok and sauté until green onions are somewhat wilted and the oil from garlic has been released (approx 5-6min)
  5.  Season w/salt & pepper
  6. Add the bell pepper and vegetables and sauté until the vegetables have been heated thru
  7. Add the white rice, breaking apart any big pieces
  8. Add back the scrambled eggs
  9. Add soy and hoisin sauce
  10. Once the rice is warmed thru, taste and adjust to your preference*****
  11. Garnish with top half of green onion

Notes:

*Any color will do – I prefer the red for the additional pop of color. It just looks prettier.

**I used a frozen mixed vegetable medley – it’s quick and easy to have on hand for weekday meals. Use the vegetables you prefer.

***Fresh rice won’t do.  It’s too sticky and still has too much moisture.  You’ll want 1-2 days old refrigerated rice.

****If you don’t have a wok, a skillet will work just as well. You will need to work a little bit more slowly to avoid a mess though.

*****Add more soy sauce if you want more saltiness, more hoisin for sweetness, and red pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce (this would be sriracha at our house) for some additional heat, if that is what you’re looking for and don’t have a toddler in the house.

 

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