I generally have this rule against eating food with "fried" in the name. It's not a hard and fast rule, as I can eat my weight in French fries, and deep-fried is the only way I will eat a pickle. However, I've never been a huge fan of Chinese food, so avoiding fried rice has always been an easy win. Sure, I've taken one for the team and ordered your basic veggies-and-sauce when my wife wants General Tso's chicken, but I may be coming around on fried rice after this latest discovery: veggie fried rice, made at home, with just a touch of the "fried" part. This sucker really does taste like take-out, packs in a ton of veggies, and takes all of 10 minutes to prepare. The best part? I don't have to drive anywhere, and odds are I have everything I need in my kitchen already.
Lazy Veggie Fried Rice
8 oz. sliced mushrooms (I use crimini)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1-2 cups other chopped veggies, if desired (broccoli and bell peppers work well)
2-3 tsp vegetable or other oil
2 cups cooked brown rice (Trader Joe's frozen microwaveable rice is awesome for this--3 minutes!)
3-4 scallions, chopped
3 Tbsp soy sauce, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1. Sauté your veggies until they are nice and soft, but still a bit firm. I like to add a touch of soy sauce to this sauté to get the flavors rolling. Set aside.
2. Heat 1-2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add cooked rice and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium and push the rice to the side of the skillet.
3. Once the pan has cooled a bit, scramble the egg until soft-cooked, then combine with the rice. You may need to add another teaspoon of the oil in order to cook the egg.
4. Add the veggies to the rice/egg mixture, then add the scallions and soy sauce to taste. Heat through and serve!
- I've added some other fun Asian/Asian-inspired sauces in addition to soy, with mixed results. Trader Joe's Soyaki is especially good!
- To add some staying power, brown some tofu over medium-high heat before beginning Step 1 above, and set aside. Combine with the rest when you add the veggies back in.