Vegan Fried Rice

November 6, 2010 by Keri

Most of us have an “end of the grocery week” day.  It’s the day when you’re jamming every single piece of leftover produce in the fridge into a soup, a pasta, anything to salvage it from the dreaded gone-to-waste-bin.  I hate seeing even half an onion or head of cabbage go unused, so I’ve found a lot of creative ways to get them into that last-chance meal!  This one isn’t necessarily creative, but it’s definitely one my favorites.  If there’s one way to get every color of the rainbow into one bowl, it’s fried rice.  Sure, some produce doesn’t technically go into real fried rice, but the accuracy police have yet to show up at my house to pick the globe eggplant chunks or corn kernels from amidst the grain….

Vegan Rice Recipes

Brown rice, shelled edamame, onions, carrots, napa cabbage, and corn kernels went into this batch of use-it-up fried rice.  To prepare, I simply heated a little oil over medium-high heat and added the vegetables, a little soy sauce, and pepper, cooking until the onions began to caramelize.  I added in the cooked brown rice and combined, then leaving it in one layer to fry for a few minutes without stirring.  I folded the rice over and left it to fry for a few more minutes, and then served.  Yum!

Vegan Rice Recipes

What’s your favorite way to use up the left over produce?

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  1. Leinana says:

    Yum! Fried rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. Always a good way to clean out the fridge! 🙂

  2. Susan K says:

    Fried rice is definitely one of my favorite ways to use up veggies! We do that quite a bit here, although I may have some quinoa or farro mixed in with the rice. I also like to add leftover cooked veggies to pasta sauces, or make veggie soups with both cooked and (slightly less than) fresh remnants. I throw more produce than I would like into my compost bin, but I have been getting better. At least I know that the compost will go back into my garden…

  3. Mo says:

    That’s some delicious looking fried rice!

  4. bitt says:

    An old fave of mine. Sometimes we do it with quinoa. I hope the fried rice police don’t arrest me over that either.

  5. I am a fan of corn in fried rice. I usually don’t have leftover produce because I like to really plan my meals. Perhaps this is why I have yet to make fried rice. Less planning!

  6. Geanna says:

    This looks so delicious. I often had homemade (and authentic) Chinese food when I was younger, as one of my best friend was Chinese, and this looks identical to how it was prepared. Thanks for sharing!