Normally my palette leads me to Mexican food (honestly…tacos every-damn-day), but recently I had the biggest craving for fried rice. Traditionally fried rice is packed with oil and also contains eggs, so it was my quest to create my own version of fried rice that was both vegan and also low in oil (there will also be oil free directions included).
As with most of the recipes I share, this one is super easy and almost all of the ingredients are interchangeable. In fact, that is one of the best things about fried rice: You can simply open your fridge and use whatever you have in there! Another perk of making this dish is that you have the option of preparing your rice fresh or using leftover rice that you may have taking up space in the fridge. Both options are delicious because at the end of the day, it’s really all about the sauce!
There are so many options for sauces that work with a fried rice so feel free to explore with different flavors and see what works for you. For me, I love the combination of traditional Asian flavors and the burst of citrus from the orange so I stuck to a creamy orange glaze/sauce. This also paired really well with the Earth Grown vegan chicken patties that I added to the rice. Not only does this recipe taste amazing when you make it fresh but it also makes for really delicious leftovers (that’s a lot coming from a girl who rarely eats leftovers).
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- 1-2 Cups Fresh (or leftover) Basmati Rice - White or Brown
- 1/2 Cup of Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Broccoli
- 1/2 Cup of Fresh Carrots
- 1/2 Cup of Peas (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 Cup of Corn (frozen or fresh)
- Green Onion (amount desired)
- Sesame Seeds (amount desired)
- 1/4 Cup of Tahini
- Splash of Water (to thin sauce to desired consistency)
- Juice of One Orange
- 1 TSP Orange Zest
- 3 TBSP of Soy Sauce (or Tamari)
- 1 TSP of Salt
- 1 TSP of Garlic Powder
- 1 TSP of Onion Powder
- 1 TSP of Finely Chopped Ginger (optional)
FAUX CHICKEN (optional)
Add a small dash of olive oil (water can be used if you are oil free) to a large pan on medium heat. Add chopped garlic and onions to the pan and fry them until the onions are translucent.
Once heated through, add the carrots and broccoli to the pan, stirring occasionally to ensure veggies are cooked evenly.
When the carrots and broccoli are cooked to tender, add your pre-cooked rice and frozen peas/corn to the pan. Continue to stir occasionally.
While the fried rice continues to cook, start to mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Feel free to add water to thin out the sauce if needed.
Once the fried rice is cooked through, add the sauce to the pan while reserving a small amount for the faux chicken patty (if you are using one in your recipe). Tofu is also a good protein source if you prefer not to use a processed meat substitute.
Turn the rice onto a low heat to keep it warm while frying up the meatless patty on a separate pan in the remaining orange sauce (the sauce should stick to the patty like a glaze).
Add the rice to a bowl and slice the crispy orange 'chicken' on top. Add some sesame seeds and green onions as desired and dig in.
The one thing I strive for in the kitchen is: effortless. It takes a certain type of DNA to want to spend hours in a kitchen and I do not have that strand. Therefore, all of my recipes do not require a lot of ingredients or effort. In my opinion, simple is best - especially when it comes to smoothie bowls. My best smoothie bowls have straightforward base and I allow the toppings to do all the talking.
Recipes are guidelines, not rule books. All recipes can be recreated or customized to fit your likes, your food tolerance, and your palette. If you see something in a recipe that you do not like or cannot eat, simply replace it with whatever works for you.
I do not provide nutritional information as this will always be based on the ingredients (and amount of ingredients) you include. In order to get the most accurate nutritional value, be sure to read labels and weigh out each ingredient you use.