My Kids Ate It: Rainbow Fried Rice

by Wendy Copley on September 26, 2012

Rainbow Fried Rice

My children are newly obsessed with fried rice. They haven’t been into Chinese food so much in the past, but a recent stop at Panda Express (of all places!) convinced them that they love it. I’m thrilled that they like it because fried rice is an easy meal to prepare at home and I love that it uses up leftovers.

The other night I found myself with a bunch of leftover rice and no plan for dinner, so I improvised and pulled together this dish. The measurements aren’t exact because I pulled it together with what we had on hand, so this is more of a technique than an actual recipe but it’s pretty easy to follow. I just kind of eyeballed the amounts of everything so that I had the veggie:rice ratio that looked good to me.

Rainbow Fried Rice

Rainbow Fried Rice

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (I’m guessing — use more if you need it!)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • thinly sliced carrot (I think I used about 1 big carrot or about 5 baby carrots worth)
  • diced red bell pepper (I probably used about a half a pepper)
  • shelled edamame (a half a cup? I just eyeballed it) or frozen peas
  • About 3 cups of leftover rice
  • soy sauce to taste

Begin by scrambling the eggs in a large non-stick skillet. Stop while they’re still a bit wet. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe out pan.

Heat oil. Saute the garlic for about 30 seconds. Add carrot and cook until it begins to soften. Add in bell pepper and cook until soft. Stir in edamame or peas. Add rice to pan and combine it well with the veggie mixture. Stir frequently until the rice is heated through. Add a good shake of soy sauce and taste it to see if you like the flavor. Add more if it needs it. Stir in eggs and serve.

The Verdict

OK — this one was kind of funny. The kids complained the entire time we were eating dinner! From the moment I set their plates on the table until we got up. First they were all, “What’s THiS??” I told them it was fried rice and reminded them that they like fried rice. Then Augie, who loves bell pepper started complaining about the bell pepper and picking it out. Wyatt, who gobbles up edamame in the shell refused to eat the edamame. But other than leaving those two veggies on the sides of their plates, they ate it all!

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  • anna

    How colorful and delish! Fried rice is easy. Made it the other night like my mom would except I used 1Tb coconut oil. And 2 eggs, 1 cup of diced ham, 1 minced garlic, 1tsp grated ginger, 1 stalk green onion (chopped), 1 cup of frozen peas, 2 cups of white rice, 1 to 1.5 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp fish sauce.

  • tsoniki

    I was inspired to make chicken fried rice tonight. I love making this meal, it is so easy and we always end up with leftovers just because I make a lot. LOL

  • After 2+ yrs working in a chinese restaurant I’ll share the secret they use to soften veggies, they keep a huge pan of water simmering and place the veggies in the water (actually everything “steamed” goes through the pot: veg for dishes, wontons for soup, dumplings..) they leave the veg in until the egg is scrambled. when the eggs are right they add the veg and briefly sautee, then they add the rice and a little of the pot water to moisten the rice.

  • My husband always uses toasted sesame seed oil and, omg, it really doesn’t matter what else he puts in it because it tastes so much better than if regular cooking oil is used. =D

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