Super Quick and Easy Fried Rice

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When there are a lot of flavors going on, like this fried rice recipe, I find it harder to detect the difference between fresh and frozen. Have dinner on the table in 15 minutes with this super quick and easy meal!
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Quick and Easy Fried Rice Recipe - 100 Days of Real Food

I may be late to the party, but I am just now discovering how incredibly convenient frozen vegetables are. My default has always been fresh veggies, but, according to Michael Pollan in his book  In Defense of Food, “Freezing does not significantly diminish the nutritional value of produce” [like canning does] because the crops are picked and frozen at the peak of freshness. 

So in some cases – if you are comparing, let’s say, fresh blueberries flown in from another continent to local organic blueberries that you froze yourself at the height of the season – the frozen berries could possibly even be the better (i.e. more nutritious and certainly less-traveled) option out of those two choices.

So in an effort to save time I decided to try out a bag of frozen, pre-cut, mixed veggies to make a super quick and easy weeknight dinner. And let me tell you what – not having to wash, peel, and chop (and even select at the store) all the different fresh veggies in this meal was definitely a time saver – without sacrificing too much in the way of taste.

I will continue buying fresh veggies for simpler meals and side dishes, but it’s nice to know that frozen is a decent option when you are in a pinch!

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  1. This recipe has been in my to cook binder for a few years now. I finally made it tonight. Very easy, looks great and even my meat eating husband enjoyed it. I do feel that a flavor is missing but I can’t figure out what it is. Has anyone suggested flavor add ins?

  2. Hilary Stephens

    I’ve been looking for the rice you recommend and can’t find it anywhere! Amazon always says its sold out. Is there a different brand you’re using now?

    This is what I’m looking for: Lundberg Family Farms Short Grain Rice, Brown, 32 Ounce

  3. Lately, we’ve made fried rice with the leftover rice from Chinese takeout or delivery. It’s two nights if easy meals… even if one of them isn’t real food :p.

  4. 5 stars
    I had to run errands with my girls after work/daycare pick up so we got home pretty late. Everyone was hungry and I was tempted to call and order a pizza but I remembered I had all the ingredients for fried rice! I was able to literally make this in under 15 minutes, and am so glad I was able to make something wholesome, resist the easy way out, and saved some money. Thanks for the great recipe!