Making fried rice from leftovers! A wonderful recipe.

fried rice recipe //

Bah! Ok, I’m not much of a cook…. I actually would rather do most anything else before I cook. It’s just not for me. I will bake and can food, but if if comes to preparing a meal and planning out dinner… I’m over it. Luckily my handsome husband likes to cook. It’s sort of a hobby for him to try out new recipes and experiment with different foods.

Even though he does the majority of the actual cooking, I do need to cook sometimes. My goal with cooking: make something with fresh ingredients with the least amount of effort. Ha! Yes. That’s me.

So! I found this wonderful fried rice recipe on The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook blog. It’s easy enough for me to make and I made it with leftover ingredients. Leftover chicken and rice? This recipe is for you. Seriously. Just add carrots, corn, peas, onions, garlic, eggs, and seasoning. The cooking process is very fast and the result is so yummy! My kind of meal.

I only managed to take the boring phone photo of the fried rice above (since I was too hungry to take a photo with my camera), but I can guarantee it’s wonderful. You’ll need the ingredients below and head over to The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook to say thank you for the yum/quick dinner! I adjusted her recipe just a bit (since I don’t usually have all the ingredients she calls for in my home). She also has some really great tips to make your fried rice awesome.

Fried Rice:

– 4 cups cooked rice (refrigerated overnight)

– 1 Tbs. olive oil

– 2 minced garlic cloves

– 1/2 medium yellow onion (coarsely chopped)

– 2 medium carrots (chopped into small pieces)

– 1 cup leftover chicken (chopped into small pieces)

– 1/2 cup peas (defrosted)

– 1/2 cup corn (defrosted)

– 2 tablespoons soy sauce

– salt to taste

– ground pepper

Check out The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook fried rice post for the complete directions. Seriously, if I can make it…. anyone can (even though I overcooked the rice the night before… whoops). Enjoy!

– Chelsey


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  • Chrystina on said:

    The word food as a verb is wonderful. I kept insisting to my roommate that I can't cook, then one day I sent her a picture of me making soup. She called me on it. I told her that wasn't cooking, it was making soup. I ended up defining cooking as anything that I would need to check to see if meat was cooked all the way before I ate it. I can do anything except that. And yes, this recipe looks delicious – and in my head that is what it means "to food".

  • Eve on said:

    This looks yummy! If you're looking for quick and SUPER healthy recipes, I cannot recommend Happy Herbivore's cookbooks and recipes enough. Here's a link to her site and some dinner recipes. She has a lot of recipes free online, but her books are seriously outstanding. My boyfriend and I love her pad thai and sweet potato dal!…

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you so much! I'm going to give a few of those recipes a try!

  • Stephanie on said:

    This looks SO good. Lucky for me, I actually have some cooked left over chicken so Im totally making this tonight!

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