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Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe

Updated on June 20, 2013

This recipe meets all the criteria as a real winner. It's: vegetarian, quick and easy to make, delicious, healthy, and inexpensive. In addition this article discusses the amazing benefits of ginger root, one of the ingredients in this recipe. It also describes how to Julienne carrots, another ingredient.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 servings (or 2 if you really love it)
This recipe contains a lot of fresh, healthy foods.
This recipe contains a lot of fresh, healthy foods. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz bag whole grain brown rice, (I use Uncle Ben's 90-second microwave-in-the bag)
  • 1 8 oz bag sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, matchstick-cut
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, grated (Shave off brown skin first!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark sesame oil
Lightly sautee vegetables.
Lightly sautee vegetables. | Source
Make a well to cook the eggs.
Make a well to cook the eggs. | Source

Instructions

  1. Since this is such as fast-cooking recipe, I recommend that you prepare all of your ingredients first (chop the onions, julienne the carrots, grate the ginger (one of the most heavenly smelling ingredients I've ever encountered in cooking), press the garlic, and microwave the bag of rice for 90 seconds.
  2. Spray the pan (a wok works perfectly for this recipe), and, on medium heat, sautee the peas, the green onions, and the carrots for just a few minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger, and sautee for about a minute longer.
  4. Add rice, and cook a couple of minutes until heated through.
  5. Make a well in the center of the ingredients (push them up to the sides), and add the eggs to the center. Cook them until firm.
  6. Combine all ingredients, and add sesame oil and soy sauce.
  7. Enjoy!
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Julienning carrots.
Julienning carrots. | Source

How to Julienne Carrots

This recipe calls for matchstick carrots, in other words, they have been cut in the Julienne style. You can use long carrots that you clean, shave, chop the ends off, then cut in half - or use a bag of prewashed, short carrots.

Either way, hold the carrot still with your fingers, and with the other hand, cut a slice off the side of the carrot. Turn the carrot onto its flat surface to make the rest of the slicing easier and more steady. Continue slicing the carrot in this manner using a tip-then-lower cutting method for better control. This will produce long, matchstick looking strips.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 161
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 7 g14%
Sodium 235 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Increasing the Protein Content

  • Keeping it vegetarian: After making the well for your eggs, instead of two whole eggs, add one whole egg and three egg whites. This will greatly decrease the fat and calories and increase the protein. Or, opt for egg whites only.
  • Adding chicken: Boil or broil two chicken breasts then shred. Add to the mixture along with, or instead of, the egg whites. This will greatly increase the protein content, only adding a minor amount of fat.

Ginger root comes in all shapes and sizes.
Ginger root comes in all shapes and sizes. | Source

Curative Benefits of Ginger

This recipe also ranks high due to its use of fresh ginger root. In the world of folk medicine, ginger has been used to treat a long list of maladies, including colds and flu.

Extensive current scientific research has earned ginger an FDA safety certification, and has proven that the chemicals found in ginger appear to make it a wonder root. Health benefits include:

  • improved gastrointestinal function, including curing diarrhea
  • control of free radicals and lipids in our blood
  • controls colon inflammation, possibly preventing colon cancer
  • treats nausea caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy
  • reduces arthritis pain
  • has blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties
  • helps control diabetic cataracts
  • can kill ovarian cancer cells

It's certainly worth researching ways to add more fresh ginger to our diet, such as with ginger tea.

What to Do with Your Leftover Ginger

Take advantage of all the above health benefits with a regular cup of ginger tea. It is a common drink in many countries. It's easy to make: Just slice then boil fresh ginger root and, if desired, flavor it with honey, fresh lemon, and/or fresh orange.

Ginger root is normally found in the grocery store in the produce section. Just ask an employee if you can't find it.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Absolutely awesome. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

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      LucyLiu12 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Lucy,

      Looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing this as i love fried rice from the Chinese but often thought i would cock it up if tried to make my own. Ginger leftovers is useful in skin care too!

      Thanks for this, VU, Useful, Interesting.

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      Wendy Golden 4 years ago from New York

      This looks good. I'm not much of a cook but this recipe looks pretty easy and it sounds delicious. I'm going to try it when I feel ambitious. Thanks for a handy Hub!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Hey! I thought it's the star Lucy Liu, lol. Anyway, spices are important to wake up your food, especially if it's a vegetarian dish. I love rice, whether it plain boiled, fried or a Hainanese one. I will definitely follow this one, thanks for sharing! Voted up, useful, awesome and shared. :)

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Can't wait to try this out, I've been cooking for a while now and I can't wait to see if I can make this taste right.

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