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Healthy 'Fried' Rice Is A Great Way To Clear Out Your Fridge

04/22/2014 04:52 EDT | Updated 06/22/2014 05:59 EDT
Carolyn Berry

Most people don't associate the words "fried" and "healthy," but with a few simple modifications, fried rice CAN actually be good for you!

Restaurants typically make fried rice by adding white rice to a skillet full of oil, frying it to get a crispy texture, and tossing in a few vegetables. I used higher fibre brown rice, added loads of vegetables (aiming for more vegetables than rice), and sauteed the vegetables in a small amount of omega-3-rich cooking oil.

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You can also substitute the egg for another protein food such as chicken or tofu. Fibre + protein + healthy fat + plenty of vitamins and minerals = the perfect main course or side dish!

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I was tempted to call this dish "Fridge Cleaner Fried Rice" because that's basically what it is. It's a great way to use up those extra vegetables in your fridge before they spoil. You know, that 1/2 a red pepper and lonely onion just chillin' in the chiller...

Healthy "Fried" Rice

Makes approximately 6 servings

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Ingredients:

3 whole eggs

4 cups cooked brown rice (I used parboiled brown rice)

3 tsp flaxseed cooking oil, divided (or any cooking oil of your choice)

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

6 button mushrooms, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ginger, minced

1 cup broccoli, finely chopped

1 cup cauliflower, finely chopped

1 large carrot, finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup peas

2 green onions

1 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

3 tbsp hoisin sauce

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Directions:

-Cook brown rice according to package directions

-Whisk together eggs in a small bowl

-Heat an 8-inch skillet and drizzle with one teaspoon of oil

-Add eggs and cook as you would an omelette (without stirring) until the underside is cooked. Then flip over and cook the other side

-Remove the egg and chop into bite-sized pieces. Set aside

-Heat the remaining two teaspoons of oil in a large skillet on medium heat

-Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, and ginger until onion is transparent (about five minutes)

-Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, and bell pepper and saute for about five more minutes

-Add peas and corn and cook until just heated through

-Stir in cooked rice, egg, green onions, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and rice vinegar

-Mix together until all ingredients are heated through

Source: Wealth of Health