Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy Fried Rice

Fried rice is something I've always enjoyed. Not only is it easy to make (and fast), it's completely customizable to your own taste. The combinations are endless! Use whatever veggies you have in your fridge, any kind of dried fruit, and you can even throw in some nuts or seeds.

Overall, it's great to have with any meal as a side, and it's always a crowd pleaser! With that said, picky eaters do exist, so if you have someone in your family who prefers plain rice versus this variety, do what my mom has always done for my sister - prepare the rice as you normally would (I suggest keeping the raisins in the mix), then set some aside before preparing the fried version.

  • 1 cup Brown Rice (cooked)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms chopped
  • 1/4 cup Green Onion chopped (approximately 2)
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce


1) Prepare your rice according to the box - if you like you can omit the butter and salt to save on some calories and sodium as you will be adding the rice to a seasoned mixture with soya sauce.
Tip: You can add the raisins to the water for your rice before it boils, as it boils the raisins will soften and plump. (Raisin rice is a staple in my life!)

2) In the meantime, heat oil in large skillet. Add garlic and gently simmer. Scramble one egg in a bowl then add mixture to the pan. Fry until firm, then chop into smaller pieces. Next add the onion and stir-fry until translucent.

4) Add mushrooms. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until they begin to soften, next add the green onion.

5) Next empty your prepared rice into the pan, combining it with the other ingredients, stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Finally, add the soya sauce and stir-fry for an addition 5-10 minutes.

Pre-soya sauce

Ready to eat!

Again, this is such a quick and easy recipe and the combinations of ingredients are endless. I also like this rice with green pepper and celery too - really, whatever's in your fridge and pantry goes!

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