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Ultimate Veggie Fried Rice

Add leftover cooked vegetables, an egg, or some beans, and you have a wonderful one-bowl meal. Recipe adapted from Tassajara Dinners & Desserts by Dale and Melissa Kent.



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2 Tbs. olive oil
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1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
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1 small carrot, diced (¼ cup)
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1 stalk celery, diced (¼ cup)
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1 tsp. herbes de Provence
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½ tsp. salt
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2 cups cooked brown rice, crumbled or broken up
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2 cups leftover vegetables, beans, etc., optional


1. Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Sauté onion, carrot, celery, herbes de Provence, and salt 10 to 15 minutes, or until well browned. Add a little more oil if pan seems dry. Add rice, and stir-fry 5 minutes, or until mixture is hot and well combined.

2. Rice is now ready to be served, but if you have some time before your meal, turn heat to low, add a little more oil to pan, and let rice sit undisturbed 7 to 10 minutes, or until browned. If it begins to stick, scrape it up, stir tasty brown bits in, and continue browning with a little more oil. The more time and energy you spend at this stage, the tastier the rice will be. If using leftovers, add them just before serving and continue to heat thoroughly.

Nutrition Information: 

3 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
27 g
0 mg
308 mg
3 g
3 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

I use various curry, cayenne pepper, sweet chili sauce from trader joes and various herbs depending on how I feel. Lemon sounds good. Vegan is not boring if you add what you like--experiment--make it fun. Fruit like grapes, mango, currants, etc work too.

To add a little more flavor and heat to this dish I started with fresh grated ginger, garlic, and a Thai chili pepper. Then added a few dashes of sesame oil and tamari. Delicious!

My husband, a new vegetarian, loves this recipe. I do add an egg with the onion to give us more protein. Yummy.

Ultimate Veggie Fried Rice

this is so yummy :) i used califlower and someother vegies with tofu ..... but no onion and it was rly good.... oh and i used left over brown sushi rice from the night before but it was very good .... and a good use of left over vegie sushi :)

I used squash and potato for the extra veggies, and threw in about 1/4 cup diced toasted almonds for crunch - it was a real hit!

So, so , so good :) - I added orange bell pepper instead of carrot and also a handful of frozen corn and a dash of soy sauce and an egg. Will become a staple :)

My husband is not a vegetarian, but just added a scrambled egg and some left over vegetables and he loved it. I herbes de provence made a distinct difference for flavor. It is the first time I have ever used this herb mixture.

I didn't like the herbs de provence. It was too overbearing. I couldn't taste the flavor of the veggies.

I've recently become vegetarian and I can't wait to try this recipe out [:

too much sodium, took out the salt and just used my own fresh herbs.

I made this and also added an egg once the onions were done (I used green onions instead). Sauteed that for a bit and added the rice and some shoyu. Excellent! It was supposed to be for our dinner tonight but my kids came home from school and devoured the entire thing!! Next time, make double.

I don't understand why everyone is so excited and loving the rice. I made it just written and yet it is very bland and boring. I keep adding herb du provence and still...booor-iiing...

I don't understand why everyone is so excited and loving the rice. I made it just written and yet it is very bland and boring. I keep adding herb du provence and still...booor-iiing...

Sometimes a nice squirt of lemon brightens flavors. A splash of peanut oil adds a distince flavor too. (and add heat, baby, heat!)

I sauté up red onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrots a couple hot chilies then throw in my brown or basmati rice, a few splashes of Brags liquid aminos lots of thyme a little salt and when it's all golden throw in lots of kale and some green onions! :) be sure to make extra! Because it is delish

It's a bad habit to lean on oil for flavor. Learn to appreciate the flavors of good ingredients, and substitute lemon juice or a bit of vegetable broth for the all the oil.

I lightly brown sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumkin seeks then add table spoon (or to taste) of Tamari (soya sauce- ) and toss the seeds in the jucie - add the brown rice and cook until blended with the seeds and sauce - lovely

Too much oil & salt in this recipe. For vegans, your choices for ingredients suck. Just because a dish is vegan doesn't mean it should be all about oil & salt. Low sodium chicken broth is an excellent choice instead of excess oil as is low sodium soy sauce. Some bean sprouts would also liven this dish up as well as fresh ginger and a dash of curry powder. Broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms would add plenty of depth and taste to this otherwise bland recipe.

I made this with shiitake mushrooms and it was delicious. They were uncooked so I chopped them up and cooked them along with the onion, carrot and celery.

but the best fried rice is the 3 kinds of white: short, medium, and long-grained mixed. Must be cold and slightly stuck together. I add baked Tofu I marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil, with a little 5-spice powder. No beans in Chinese, please. xie-xie

If you would like to not eat the menstrual period of birds, you can add nutritional yeast and a pinch of kala namak (black sulfur salt) in place of the egg. Thanks : )

To the moderator - I don't eat eggs but that last comment by Kat is disgusting and is not something you want to see when you are looking at recipes. It completely ruined my appetite. Could you please remove or edit that comment? Thank you.

Sounds like a good recipe so I'm going to try it without the egg. I'm plant based, but there's no reason for someone to be rude and crude. Nix the comment about the chicken. If you can't type something nice don't comment at all.

Believe me I am not a fan of fried rice at all, yet this is one among the few fried rice’s that I craved badly to have one behind the other in a row. It is something that will surely blow the mind of every food lover. ::: <a href="http://www.portwindowglass.com" rel="nofollow">Projection Glass</a> :::