Previously, I posted about why I freeze rice. Today I want to share how I use the frozen rice. Fried rice from my local eatery is about $10. I want to show you how to make it in a way that will save you money, is efficient and healthy.
I save money on my rice by purchasing it from my local Sam’s warehouse in which I get 20 pounds for a little under $8 dollar, that breaks down to only about 40 cents per pound. The price of the veggies used in the recipe will vary. I change my fried rice components depending on what I crave at the time. I use about 3 cups of veggies total, this where you get to play around a bit. The variety I choose from consist of fresh broccoli, snow peas, thinly sliced carrots, onions, bell peppers, bean sprouts, green onions, garlic, zucchini and yellow squash. Frozen veggies can be used as well.
- Clean and cut veggies, this part is going to vary by preference, I like my broccoli in big chunks and like the carrots, zucchini and squash sliced thin.
- Scramble 4 eggs and set aside(Another cooked protein like cubes of tofu, chicken, or steak can be used in addition to or in place of the eggs)
- Sautee veggies in olive oil- bigger cut veggies should go in first and thinner veggies should be added a few minutes later, with the exception of green onions and bean sprouts. Add more olive oil as needed to prevent sticking.
- Add 4 cups of pre-cooked rice and sautee it until its heated through
- Season to taste- Add 2 tablespoon of soy sauce and sprinkle of black pepper. Sometimes I even add a little garlic salt and ginger powder. Salt is optional
- Add scrambled eggs.
- Add the bean sprouts and/or green onion very very last and stir
- Serve and Enjoy!!
To me baking is chemistry and you really need to follow the recipe for the most part, however main course meals can be played around with, there are no strict rules to follow. If you like a traditional Panda Express type fried rice which is mainly peas, carrots, and onions, then go for it. You will notice that I use the word format instead of recipe, because this is simply a format for fried rice and not a recipe that you need to adhere to. You can add as much or as little of every ingredient. You have the power to personalize your fried rice.
Fried rice that serves four cost about $4 versus take out for $10. That is %60 saved!! This format for fried rice usually takes me less than 30 minutes. The great thing about making fried rice at home is you can amp up the healthy by adding more veggies and less rice. Try using brown rice or your favorite rice instead of the traditional white rice. I would love to hear about your modifications. Go for it!! Happy health and Happy savings!! 🙂