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Dinner in 15 Minutes? Yes! Fried Rice


A few months ago I came up with this familiar recipe (AKA Chinese fried rice) while trying to figure out what to do with the leftover rice in our refrigerator. 

I always use my rice cooker and jasmine rice to make this recipe.  I don't think the type of rice you use matters as much as making sure that you use cold rice.  I tried it once with warm rice and it came out very mushy.

This meal is perfect for a quick weekday dinner.

If you try it, let me know what you think.

Fried Rice

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 4

Cook Time: 8

Keywords: fry entree vegan

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 cups of cold rice
  • ½ cup peas (best if thawed)
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped (best if thawed)
  • 1/3 cup red or white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce


Put vegetable oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Break up rice with your hands or fork and add to pan. Increase your heat to medium-high and cook for 4 minutes. Next, add in the peas and carrots. Continue cooking for 2 additional minutes and add soy sauce.

Serves 4


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The $100 Vegan Challenge is Coming & Grocery Haul

I've learned a lot since my last $100 challenge and look forward to doing another one in the next few weeks.

If you're not familiar, last year I spent $100 on food for one week to debunk the myth that all vegan eating is expensive.

We typically spend about $650 per month on food, so $100 was really pushing it. We survived.

I'm feeling more confident this time around and look forward to sharing the recipes and our experience.

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Read more about the $100 challenge here.

Here's a video of my last grocery store trip...

I spent $135 on this trip but several factors went into the cost...

*I had all 3 kids with me

*I purchased a lot of organic products

*I purchased some vegan pre-packaged food-always a budget buster

Without those factors, my bill could have easily been reduced by about $25.

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