For a healthy way to get rid of leftovers, nothing beats fried rice. A delicious blend of protein, veggies and of course rice, fried rice is a tasty go-to weeknight staple. To make the perfect and healthy fried rice, follow these tips:
Think Quick: Fried rice is such a great dish because it cooks up in minutes, so long as you plan ahead. Use a large open cooking surface like a wok or a griddle. A large cooking surface ensures that more of the food is exposed to the heat. Also, make sure to cut your ingredients especially thin. This creates lots of surface area per amount of food, and more surface area equals more heat equals faster cooking time.
Dig through that fridge: Fried rice is a great way to re-purpose those leftovers sitting idly in your fridge. Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, spinach, peppers, beef, chicken, you name it – any leftover tastes great in fried rice. Let your imagination soar into the wok when making fried rice.
Healthy ingredients = healthy fried rice: Just because it's called fried rice doesn't mean it has to be dripping in oil, salt and calories. Be sparing with your cooking oil, or better yet use low sodium broth instead. Use high fiber brown rice over white rice. Instead of flavoring with lots of soy sauce, use herbs and spices. Choose lean protein sources and include lots of veggies.
Think you have the skills to make a quick and healthy fried rice? Then try your hands with this recipe:
Thai Basil Fried Rice
Spicy and sweet, crunchy and filling, this low fat fried rice recipe is a quick and easy recipe perfect for leftovers. You can even customize this healthy fried rice recipe and add your favorite veggies and lean protein.
Matthew Kaplan is the editor for FaveDiets.com, a free healthy recipes website featuring hundreds of quick healthy recipes, diets, fitness tips and more.