(Un) Fried Rice
Today I’m sharing one of my new favorite quick and delicious meals! If you have rice already cooked, it comes together really fast.
You can jazz up the heat and flavor levels, or keep it mild for those with simple palates. Either way, it’s a crowd-pleaser and a one-pan meal. You’ve got the whole grain, protein, and veggies all in one.
Fried rice at restaurants typically has TONS of sodium and lots of unhealthy oils. We’re keeping all the fresh flavors but ditching the oils. You can eat way more of it for fewer calories, and it has better taste (in my opinion) because we’re not relying on the fried taste for flavor. It also uses deliciously-seasoned tofu instead of eggs.
Eat it as it is, or load it up with chili garlic sauce, kimchi, sriracha sauce, lime juice, etc.
For more Asian meals, check these recipes out:
Whole food plant based fried rice! All the delicious flavors without the excess oil and sodium. Hits the spot!
- 3 TBSP soy sauce (or alternative such as tamari)
- 3 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 TBSP peanut butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups mixed frozen veggies (or 1 cup peas, 1/2 cup corn, 1/2 cup chopped carrots)
- 1 cup sliced green onions
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 block extra-firm tofu
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- chopped peanuts or cashews
- sriracha sauce
- sesame seeds
- red pepper flakes
- lime juice
- chili garlic sauce
Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
Drain the liquid off the tofu. Crumble the tofu into a skillet. Cook and stir on medium-high for several minutes until the liquid has cooked off and it starts to turn golden brown on the bottom.
Pour the sauce over the tofu and stir until well-coated. Remove the tofu with a spatula onto a plate.
Back to the hot skillet, add the minced garlic, green onions, and mixed vegetables. Saute in a few tablespoons of water for 3-4 minutes, until garlic looks soft.
Add the rice and tofu. Season with 1-2 TBSP of additional soy sauce. Taste. Add some salt and pepper if desired.
You may like sriracha sauce, lime juice, sesame seeds, peanuts or cashews, red pepper flakes or other toppings on yours.
Delicious! It was a hit with the whole family. Kid approved! We added chopped peanuts on top for a little crunch and it was perfect. We will definitely be making it again!