I love, love rice. And noodles. And bread. And carbs, carbs, carbs. I know I like to push the protein around here but I still eat carbs, and plenty of them. I like to use protein to enhance my overall meal experience. If I sat down and ate a big bowl of rice on its own, I probably wouldn’t be full or even feel very good. By adding protein to this easy fried rice recipe, I create a super food packed with protein, moderate carbs and vegetables.
Don’t forget the Sriracha, either. On its own, Sriracha should have a tier in the food pyramid.
This fried rice dish is totally customizable to cater to foods you already keep on hand in your kitchen. I added “quick” to the title of this recipe because I use Birds Eye Steamer Rice Blends as the base of this meal. If you have white or brown rice at home, use it up!
I also used leftover pork chops I had in the fridge from a few nights before. You could use other leftover meats like chicken or steak to add to this fried rice. Again, use this meal to use up those leftovers!
Protein Pack Quick Fried Rice
(You can easily half this recipe)
2 packs Birds Eye Steamfresh Rice Blends
2-3 cups leftover meat like pork, chicken, or steak in bite sized pieces
1/2 medium sweet onion
extra virgin olive oil
low sodium soy sauce
Sriracha sauce (optional)
1. Microwave each Birds Eye Steamable Rice Blends pack on its own according to the directions on the packaging. This should take approximately 5 minutes a bag.
2. While your packs are steaming, drizzle extra virgin olive oil in a large fry pan and heat over high heat.
3. Add 1/2 onion to oil and let fry for 2 minutes, stirring often.
4. Add 2 eggs to onion and briskly toss until scrambled.
5. Add leftover meat to eggs and onion.
6. Let heat for 1-2 minutes.
7. Add an extra drizzle of olive oil into meat mixture and add both steamed Rice Blends to fry pan, stirring often.
8. Add approximately 1/4 cup of soy sauce to meat and rice mixture and add as much soy sauce as you like, to taste. It’s good to not overdo the soy sauce as you can always add to your plate when enjoying your meal.
9. Serve fried rice alone or as a side to your favorite protein.
10. If you like some heat, drizzle fried rice with Sriracha sauce.
Fried rice has to be one of my favorite things to make and eat. When it’s cooking, fried rice is so loud! Plus, you just keeping adding food to make it more and more awesome! Fried rice with protein keeps me full and incorporates all the major food groups. If you make a big batch like I do, it keeps in the fridge and you can toss a bowl in the microwave when ever you want.
Do you make fried rice at home? How do you compliment your carbs with protein or vise versa?