Easy Egg Fried Rice

Easy Egg Fried Rice

One of my favorite traditions growing up was choosing dinner on your birthday 🙂

We started this tradition at a really young age, as far back as I can remember in elementary school.

When you knew your birthday was coming up, you got to pick what your parents made for dinner that night!

As a kid, I had two favorite meals:

  • Pepperoni pizza from the local pizza joint, Mission Pizza
  • Homemade lemon chicken & fried rice

Like, I could eat those 2 meals all day every day and be 100% happy.

So, every year, on my birthday in February, I would special request lemon chicken & fried rice, with my favorite strawberry shortcake for dessert 😉

(I know, I was clearly skilled at menu pairing from a young age…)

Easy Egg Fried Rice - a vegetarian side ready in under 30 minutes

Over the years, I’ve tweaked the classic fried rice recipe a bit.

I doubled the amount of egg and green onion (because let’s be honest, that’s the best part), and added a cup of frozen mixed veggies to give it a little pop of freshness.

Easy Egg Fried Rice - my favorite way to use up leftover rice from takeout!

This has become my favorite way to use up leftover white rice from Chinese, Thai, or Indian food takeout.

It’s soooooo easy!

Since the rice is already cooked, the recipe comes together in just minutes.

(If you don’t have any leftover rice, you can also just cook some earlier in the day & let it cool uncovered in the fridge until dinner. The goal is to have it be slightly dried out before stir frying.)

Simply scramble some eggs in peanut oil (cooking them extra long so they get nice and golden and crispy), then stir fry the rice and green onion together. Stir in some frozen veggies, chicken broth, soy sauce, black pepper, and sesame oil, and you’re done!

Easy peasy.

Easy Egg Fried Rice - one of my favorite family recipes of all time. Better than takeout!

 

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Easy Egg Fried Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unrefined peanut oil, divided
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 5 1/2 cups cooked, cold, preferably day old, medium grain white or brown rice
  • 2 cups chopped green onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a small bowl along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and beat with a fork or whisk until well mixed.

  2. Pour the egg into the warm wok or skillet and cook, stirring constantly with a spatula, for 5 or 6 minutes, until the egg is broken up into small pieces and is crispy and golden. Remove the egg from the pan and set aside for later.

  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil to the wok or skillet and keep the heat on high. Add the rice and green onion and stir fry for about 10 minutes until the green onion is cooked. 

  4. Next add the peas and carrots, chicken broth, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and soy sauce and continue to cook for about 5 minutes until hot and well mixed. Add the cooked egg, ground black pepper, and sesame oil, stir to mix well, and remove from heat. Enjoy while hot. (Although it makes great leftovers too!)

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Raspberry Greek Yogurt Oatmeal

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Oatmeal. One of my favorite weekday breakfast recipes.

I know, it’s easy to default into “easy” breakfast options on weekday mornings…

(Ahem, I’m looking at you, cereal).

But sometimes, we forget about other breakfast options that are just as easy!

Think pre-cooked hardboiled eggs, smoothie packs that are ready to go in the freezer, or homemade oatmeal.

It really only takes 1 minute to microwave rolled oats.

Cooking them only briefly helps them hold their shape, so you don’t end up with a bowl of mush. Yay!

Once they just are just-tender, take the bowl out of the microwave, and dollop on your favorite toppings.

Right now, I’m all about fresh raspberries.

They’re tender, juicy, and perfectly sweet-tart.

Add a sprinkle of crushed walnuts, ground flax seed, cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey, and you’ve got a filling and super nutritious breakfast ready in less than 5 minutes.

 

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Raspberry Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
3 mins
 
Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • sprinkle of ground flaxseed
  • sprinkle of chopped walnuts
  • dollop of plain Greek yogurt
  • handful of fresh raspberries
  • drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Place the oats in a microwave safe bowl and add the water and salt. 

  2. Place in the microwave and cook for approximately 1 minute, until tender and the water is absorbed.

  3. Remove from the microwave and top with ground flaxseed, chopped walnuts, Greek yogurt, raspberries, and honey. 

  4. Enjoy right away!

Recipe Notes

I prefer my oatmeal lightly cooked so it still has individual flakes of oats, but feel free to modify the amount of water or cooking time in this recipe to suit your taste. More water and a longer cooking time will yield a more porridge-like oatmeal.

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Easy Herbed Chicken and Rice

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The key to always having dinner available on a busy weeknight?

Frozen chicken breasts + pantry staples.

They’ll get you through anything!

This delicious chicken & rice dinner was the result of an effort to clean out the fridge & pantry, and it’s freaking amazing.

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First pantry staples? Rice and broth.

Cooking rice in broth gives it WAY more flavor, and allows it to form the base of a pilaf without being boring.

Next up: carrots, celery, and onion.

Simply sauté over medium heat for like 30 minutes, until the carrots and onions are nicely caramelized and FULL of flavor.

Add frozen peas and minced garlic.

(Two more ingredients that are almost always on hand)

Dump in a large bowl & toss with the warm rice.

Stir in: lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley.

This mixture alone is SO yummy, and makes a great side dish, but you can turn it into an easy meal by adding sautéed chicken pieces.

Enter, frozen chicken breasts.

I always always have a bag of these in the freezer. They are a LIFESAVER on busy weeknights

Simply defrost, cut into cubes, season with salt, pepper, and a little dried oregano, and dredge with a light coating of flour. Pan fry until golden and crispy, and toss into the rice pilaf.

When it’s all said and done, you’ve got a well balanced meal in a bowl. Protein + veggies + grains + healthy fats. Yum.

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Easy Herbed Chicken and Rice

Serves 4 generously

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white or brown rice
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 extra large carrots, diced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 head garlic, cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 medium bunch parsley, minced
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fat or oil of your choice (I used leftover olive oil from turkey confit, but regular olive oil, lard, or other animal fat would work as well)

Add the rice and broth to a rice cooker and cook until done. Let sit on “warm” while you prep the rest of the dinner. (Alternatively, cook the rice in a saucepan according to package directions until tender, if done early, keep warm by storing in the oven or microwave).

As the rice cooks, add the carrots, celery, and onion to a large nonstick skillet along with 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Season generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon each). Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are nicely caramelized and golden brown.

Add the frozen peas and garlic to the pan, and cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the peas are defrosted. Transfer the entire mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the cooked rice, chopped parsley, fresh lemon juice, and parmesan cheese. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and toss to combine. Set aside. (I put mine in the microwave to keep it warm, but putting it in a turned-off oven works too).

Next, sprinkle the cubed chicken with the flour and season with about 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Sprinkle with the dried oregano and toss to coat the chicken evenly.

Add the 2 tablespoons fat or oil of your choice to the same skillet that you browned the vegetables in. Warm over medium-high heat and add the chicken (don’t add any of the extra flour from the plate, as it will burn). Cook, stirring occasionally, until well golden brown on all sides, about 10-15 minutes.

Add the golden chicken pieces to the rice mixture and toss to combine. Spoon into bowls, and serve.

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