Veggie Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the best “quick & easy” dishes out there. It’s filling, economical, and versatile. The perfect way to clean out the refrigerator at the end of the week! This time around I used carrots, peas, scallions, bean sprouts, and a scrambled egg. I’ll usually make this as a side dish whenever I make my mother-in-law’s famous egg rolls. I always had leftover bean sprouts, and I hated to let them go to waste. This was a great way to use them up, as well as being a way to fill tummies up that isn’t fried, or as labor-intensive.

You do have to think a bit ahead of time when it comes to the rice. Using rice that has been chilled is key to a good fried rice. If you use fresh, hot rice – you’ll end up with a sticky ball of mess. By using cooled rice, the grains of rice stay separated – creating the perfect fried rice. I also love the addition of egg to the mix. You don’t see egg in fried rice that often anymore, and it’s something I always loved, so I knew I wanted to add that as well.

It makes a pretty large batch, enough to eat for dinner one night and a couple of extra servings for lunch. You could certainly add a protein as well, if you wanted to make it a complete one-dish meal. Shrimp or chicken are my favorites. Just saute in the pan, and remove before cooking the veggies. A favorite that is guaranteed to be made again and again. Enjoy!

7 Comments

  1. Posted November 21, 2011 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

    This looks delicious. Love fried rice and I really like all the veggies packed in here!

  2. Posted November 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM | Permalink

    Your fried rice looks delicious! I love fried rice usually I make it with chicken, but it sounds great with all the vegetables you have in this one.

  3. Posted November 22, 2011 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    Wow that looks great. Always looking for fast meals to make on nights that the traffic is bad. Love the photo. And I could even add left over meat for my meat eating husband! This on is being bookmarked.

  4. Maryellen
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    I am making this tonight with Egg Rolls. Can’t wait.

  5. Maryellen
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    Yummy dinner. Added shrimp and shared with our neighbor.

  6. Lauren
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    The egg is essential to fried rice; glad you concur.

  7. Kim in MD
    Posted March 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Yum! I love fried rice and have never made it at home. I’m not sure why, but this looks so delicious and I am SO making this!

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