1. Loaded with Vegetables
Fried rice is an awesome way to sneak in some veggies.
I love to sneak in some cauliflower, corn, carrots, green beans, onions, capsicum . I use frozen veggies for this from Countdown. There is an awesome mixed veggies frozen pack that I found awesome for this, it’s the Watties stir fry mix with 6 veges bag. I am a big fan of frozen veggies, it is quick, convenient and best of all they are flash frozen when they are ripe which makes them just as nutritious as fresh veggies.
I also like to add some chopped cabbage , I generally go with the purple variety.
2. Add some protein
You can add chicken/beef/fish/egg if you want to add some extra protein to this already nutritious meal. I like to pop my chicken in with all the veggies into a pressure cooker. This makes the chicken retain its moisture and is tender and falls apart in your plate. We absolutely must have egg in our friend rice , else there is an uproar in my house. I like to boil an egg or two and then add it to the fried rice. I think frying or scrambling the egg could have a good effect too, give it a try and let me know.
3. One Pot Meals are easy on the clean up
Fried rice is an awesome one pot meal.
Who doesn’t love a meal where there’s hardly any clean up? Also since we are using frozen vegetables, this means you don’t have to fluff around chopping vegetables and cleaning them. You just whack them straight in. Also because everything just goes in one big pot, there’s just one big pot to clean up.
4. Go nuts for nuts
I am absolutely nuts about nuts and I like to incorporate them in wherever I can for that extra crunch. You could use peanuts or cashews, I’ve gone with cashews. You could roast your nuts too if you like. If I have some extra time I like to roast nuts with my own seasoning. I like chili and lime, garlic and rosemary, chili and cheese just depends on what I feel like and its great as a snack too.
5. Winter Warmer
It’s a nice warm, filling meal on a cold winter night. Perfect for the weather right now. Its lovely to come home , chuck all your ingredients in the wok. Then go change into fluffies and come back to a ready meal. All that’s left is to dish up and sluurp up all that goodness. YUM!
6. How many calories in Fried Rice?
Simple, Home made Fried Rice with Brown rice and sauteed vegetables is about 285 calories per serve. Have a read of all the Nutritional Information at this link from My Fitness Pal.
7. Is fried rice gluten free?
Yes, it can be made gluten free, because the only ingredient that would need to be swapped out or left out completely would be the Soya sauce. There are some gluten free soya sauces available in the market, that you could use or as I do sometimes I leave out the soya sauce completely (my kids find the taste too strong ) and I choose to flavor my fried rice instead with ginger or lemon juice or spring onions.
8. What is the Hibachi style of making Fried Rice?
Hibachi is a Japanese style of cooking derived from the traditional Chinese style of cooking. It generally utilizes a large flat grill. The fried rice is made with lots of butter and soya sauce. The vegetables used are generally simpler such as carrots, peas and onions. Then to finish you would add a succulent grilled chicken. mmmm delicious!
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