$0.49 per cup 67% savings save $60.80 yearly
Ready to add a new favorite meal to your list? I've got just the one!
I call this fried rice "amazing," because whenever I make it, some truly amazing things happen:
1. My kids willingly shovel vegetables into their mouths and (insert *gasp*) ask for more!
2. The phrase, "Three more bites," never leaves my mouth.
3. My leftover-shunning husband will eat this the next day... if I don't beat him to it.
4. It's a complete meal in one dish! Rice, plenty of veggies, meat and eggs
I know. Amazing!
I came up with this fried rice about a year ago when I found myself, once again, stumped by the "what's for dinner" question. A quick scan of the contents of my refrigerator, and the knowledge that my kids loved rice resulted in this absolutely delicious, easy to make, family favorite meal.
This is a great way to use up those last few carrots, or that poor little onion that's been around for weeks. Fried rice is very versatile. In the past, I've used brown rice, chicken, shrimp, pineapple, peas, corn, celery, and peppers. Basically, whatever ingredients I have on hand that I don't want to waste are fair game. The low-sodium soy sauce adds great flavor without introducing way too much sodium to the dish.
So, I repeat: If you're ready to add a shoe-in favorite meal to your list... look no further.
You're going to love this!
Amazing Fried Rice
*Makes 6 large servings
(Note: This fried rice is a little stickier than restaurant-style fried rice because I use less oil for frying, and an over-abundance of vegetables. If you're not a fan of sticky rice, be sure to use pre-cooked cold rice to combat the stickiness. If you don't have any rice sitting in the refrigerator, you can make fresh rice. It'll just be stickier. This recipe is versatile. Different vegetables or varieties of rice, or meat may be substituted: brown rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, corn, peas, mushrooms, peppers, chicken, shrimp, beef etc. Really, whatever you have in your fridge that needs to be used up.)
3 cups cold cooked rice (1 cup dry long-grain rice yields 3 cups cooked)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup ham, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp jarred minced garlic (or 2 minced fresh cloves)
3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 small head broccoli, stem discarded, florets chopped
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the ham. Cook, stirring occasionally till ham is lightly browned.
Add onion. Cook for 2 minutes until onion is fragrant, then add the garlic, and cook an additional 30 seconds or so.
Add the rest of the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Push the ham and vegetables to the sides of the skillet with your spoon, and add the eggs, scrambling them, then incorporating them with the vegetables.
Add the rice, and stir everything together. Add the soy sauce, and stir till rice is hot, and everything is mixed together.
~ Savings ~
20 lbs. long grain white rice - $11.86 = 50.25 cups = $0.236/C = $0.236
1 dozen eggs - $1.79 = $0.150/egg = $0.300
32 oz. jar minced garlic - $4.48 = 181 tsp. = $0.025/tsp = $0.025
3 lbs. bagged onions - $1.96 = $0.245 ea. = $0.245
2 lbs. bagged carrots - $1.48 = 10 carrots/bag = $0.148/carrot = $0.444
Broccoli - $1.78/lb - 1 small head = $0.88
Pre-cooked sliced ham - $1.79/lb = $0.498
15 oz. light soy sauce - $1.82 = 30 T = $0.061/T = $0.244
Total Recipe Cost = $2.92
Cost Per Cup = $0.49
Panda Express Fried Rice (small) = $2.25
Cost Per Cup = $1.50
"Over a Year" Scenario:
Make Fried Rice 10 times = $29.20
Buy equivalent Panda Express Fried Rice = $90.00
*Money Saved: $60.80