Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: A Healthy Fried Rice

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Healthy Fried Rice

Happy Hump Day!

Today is filled with our walk session with my good friend and her baby, some errands, pulling weeds, and working on another little secret project. Don't you wish you were me? Exciting stuff, I must say.

The other night I got thinking about Chinese food. When you order do you get fried rice or white rice as your side? I usually order white rice, thinking it is healthier than the oil-laden fried rice. Am I right? Who knows. Of course, if they have a brown rice option (which they usually don't) then I order that.

What do you order?

This thought, got me thinking about fried rice and that I've never made it! To find a recipe I turned to the tried and true Better Homes & Garden, trusted cookbook. I'm pretty sure everyone either has a copy of this cookbook, or has seen it in their mom's kitchen. It is America's #1 Cookbook since 1930...


Upon looking at the recipe, it actually wasn't too bad for ya! And I made it even healthier by swapping out white rice for brown, adding in some more veggies, and limiting the oil.

Pretty darn good! Laura, if you are reading this, I will be entering it into your Meatless Monday roundup. Plus, head to her site, as she's having a giveaway!

Healthy Fried Rice
2 eggs, beaten (I used our farm fresh eggs!)
1 t. soy sauce
1 t. sesame oil or canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. cooking oil
1/2 c. thinly cut celery (I used asparagus, as I had no celery)
1 c. sliced mushrooms
2 c. cooked brown rice
1 carrot, diced or shredded
1/2 c. frozen peas
2 T. soy sauce
1/4 c. sliced green onion (I used yellow onion)

In a small bowl combine eggs and the 1 t. soy sauce. Pour sesame oil into wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add egg mixture and garlic. Cook to scramble, then remove from pan. Pour cooking oil into wok and return to medium-high heat. Stir-fry celery/asparagus for 1 minute. Add mushrooms, carrots, peas, and onion and stir-fry an additional 2 minutes or until crisp tender.

Add cooked rice and additional 2 T. soy sauce. Cook and stir until heated through. Add cooked eggs and stir for another minute until fully heated through.

*Any other additions can be added to this dish - hot sauce, red pepper flakes, etc.


Now, when I make stir-fry, this side dish will be accompanying it! Perfectly done, without all the added stuff you just know restaurants throw in.

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20 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I am a sucker for fried rice! Hey, you won my pizza pan giveaway! Email me at: bdl319@gmail.com with your mailing address. Congrats!

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  2. We usually get white over fried, but sometimes the places offer brown! Who knows, they probably make it brown with soy sauce...lol. It just tastes TOO good.

    This looks awesome!

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  3. The fried rice looks great! I make a Thai fried rice that is NOT healthy! Maybe I could mix it up and try this.
    I usually order white rice on the side with my Chinese food.

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  4. We are fried rice people we love to make it at home and order it when we get take out or eat in. But are Son prefers white so when we make it at home we keep a little white on the side and whip up the rest for my bride and me as fried rice. We have the BHG cookbook much worse conditions then yours, it was the first cookbook my wife purchased when we first meet 20 years ago.

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  5. I always get brown rice, with steamed chicken or shrimp with veggies, brown sauce on the side. that way if I eat it all I don't feel as guilty!

    I have a fried rice recipe of my Dad's that I perfected listed on my blog if you want to check it out!

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  6. I love fried rice...easy to cook and delicious to eat. It's such a great comfort food.

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  7. My hubby and I love fried rice...but I never really use a recipe, I just kinda wing it. My winging it, is very close to your recipe! Yum!

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  8. Healthy and nice. Had fried rice for lunch today! LOL!

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  9. Yeah on winning my sister's give a way!!

    I love fried rice and will definitely try this recipe! I would add cooked chicken to make it a meal too. Yummy!

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  10. I love Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks! I gobble up old ones at thrift stores.

    I love fried rice and make it 2 or 3 times a month. It is a great way to use up random bits of veggies hanging around and also leftover meat since it doesn't need to be reheated much and get dried out! Yours looks delicious! I love the healthy brown rice!

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  11. mmmm I LOVE chinese food...veggie & tofu stir-frys=YUMMY! and i realllllyyyyy like PF Chang's EggDrop Soup! definitely CRAVING it right now! :)
    Delicious healthified fried rice recipe...you rock with all your YUMMAY takes on traditional foods!
    I hope you're having a great week!
    ~xoxo!

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  12. I have three of those cookbooks! :D different ages you know..
    and YEAH!! meatless Monday entry #2 I have read about today-love it

    and the crayons giveaway. The rice looks fantastic, mine never turns out well.

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  13. We usually don't order rice of any kind with our Chinese, but I do like to make it myself on occasion...

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  14. Thanks for posting on Just Another Meatless Monday! Hope to see you next week.

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  15. I have three of those cookbooks! :D different ages you know..
    and YEAH!! meatless Monday entry #2 I have read about today-love it

    and the crayons giveaway. The rice looks fantastic, mine never turns out well.

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  16. Healthy and nice. Had fried rice for lunch today! LOL!

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  17. I always get brown rice, with steamed chicken or shrimp with veggies, brown sauce on the side. that way if I eat it all I don't feel as guilty!

    I have a fried rice recipe of my Dad's that I perfected listed on my blog if you want to check it out!

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  18. We usually get white over fried, but sometimes the places offer brown! Who knows, they probably make it brown with soy sauce...lol. It just tastes TOO good.

    This looks awesome!

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