Fried rice. Who doesn’t love it? Seriously. I dare you to find me a person out there who can honestly say they don’t. It’s a side dish so good, I’ve had it numerous times as a main course.
Typically, the fried rice you order from Chinese restaurants is loaded with oil, butter, or both. That combined with douses of sodium-packed soy sauce can turn what is at its core a healthy meal into something not so great (though, delicious!). So why not make it yourself and leave out all the unnecessary, unhealthy add-ins?
Fried rice is one of the easiest and quickest meals you could make at home. Easy ingredients all thrown into one pan. Hear that? One pan! For a gal that doesn’t have a dishwasher, that’s a dinner-making deal breaker. Another plus to making this dish at home is you can make it much healthier than Good Friend down the block (and you don’t have to wait for delivery!). Simply sub white rice for brown and load it up with good-for-you veggies.
Chinese-style fried rice is simple. Brown rice. Peas and carrots. Veggie broth. Lite, low-sodium soy sauce, and an egg. Throw it all in one skillet or wok and you have a delicious dinner in minutes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made the simple dish.
This week, however, I wanted to give my regular fried rice a little twist – a Thai twist! I added ingredients like sweet peppers, crushed red pepper, curry, pineapple, and raisins to give it a sweet’n’spicy spin. It was delicious and still super simple to make.
Recipe below. (To make this dish vegan friendly, sub the fish sauce for lite soy sauce and the shrimp for tofu. You’ll have to leave out the egg, but it should still come out pretty good.)
People always say not to mess with a classic, but sometimes it’s worth it! Have you put a new spin on any of your staple recipes?