super lazy eats: veggie fried rice

June 10, 2013

I was an uber picky eater when I was a kid. I probably still am, though I hide it better than some (I'm talking to you people who order chicken fingers wherever you go!). At taco bell, I ordered tacos. At any Mexican restaurant, really. End of story. Pizza was cheese only.

In my first post regarding my choice to go vegetarian, I even mentioned that really we were all such picky eaters, we ate the same things at home over and over again, mainly spaghetti. I mean, lasagna? Oh, no! That is a crazy foreign concept.

Occasionally we would branch out and order Chinese. This may shock you, but I ordered the same thing every time. I don't know why my mom even bothered to ask me what I wanted. Chicken fried rice and an egg roll. This went on until I graduated high school and branched out to chicken and broccoli. Go me! Now I just don't bother with Chinese takeout. Wanna know why?

The veg diet is part of it, but more importantly, I tried to make the stuff myself one day. And I succeeded  On the first try! I could not believe how darn easy it was to prepare fried rice. All these years, I'd been getting ripped off! No more. Seriously, this is on the easy level with a grilled cheese sandwich. I keep cooked rice in the fridge and frozen veggies in the freezer so I can throw this together on a lazy night.

Haven't tried? Allow me to help. Stop paying the takeout people crazy money for this. It's likely healthier anyway if you DIY!

Veggie Fried Rice

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (seriously, brown is healthier!)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed (or preferred) vegetables
  • 1/4 chopped onion (or some onion powder if you're super lazy like me and don't want to cut that onion!)
  • 1-2 eggs
  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • ground black pepper
  • Heat skillet on medium and grease with olive oil. (if desired, thaw veggies in microwave while skillet heats)
  • Lightly scramble egg and set aside.
  • Add more olive oil to skillet.
  • Place rice and vegetables into skillet and stir.
  • Stir in onion (or onion powder) and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in soy sauce to taste.
  • Stir in scrambled egg.
The whole process takes minutes, and you have minimal cleanup. Enjoy!
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  1. Yay for vegetarian recipes! I never was a chinese food fan but I do love fried rice and haven't had it since I became a vegetarian. I've got to give it another shot!

  2. I am always interested in vegetarian recipes. My baby (who is 22) is a vegetarian and as a family we try to go meatless two or three times a week. This recipe would fit the bill.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party. I am so glad to see you here!

    Cynthia at

  3. Looks great and how nice that your can make it like a Chinese take out. I love fried rice as a simple and quick meal. Yum.

  4. YUM this looks delicious! Definitely going to have to try it this week! :)

  5. So two things:

    First this looks super yummy. I'm gonna have to try this minus the peas. Can't stand those little suckers and never understood why they were put in "Asian Food"

    Thanks for linking the Vegeterian post. I've been meaning to ask you abou your swith blah blah blah and now I don't cause you linked the post. Good job girl. If we saw each other in real life I would probably yell, this is why we frans.

  6. Wow!! This looks great!
    I'm not a fan of peas, but I will definitely be adding this to my recipe book!
    Minus the peas of course! =D

    Now following!
    Looking forward to keeping up!


  8. YUM! This sounds good! Your website is so bright and cheerful! I love it! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from


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