Using up our leftovers: Chicken & vegetable fried rice

Chicken and Vegetable Fried RiceI’m sure you’ve been there before. You make meals for the week and end up with leftovers that you don’t know what to do with. We ended up there this week. A couple random pieces of chicken, some cooked veggies, some fresh veggies that we didn’t eat for other meals, and only a few days left before they went bad. I asked my husband what he wanted to do with them and he suggested fried rice. So, I went to the kitchen and got cooking.

We both love Chinese food, but when we moved to a small town in Kansas we’ve really struggled to find a good Chinese restaurant. One over breads everything, another overcooks everything, one drowns it in soy sauce. After trying so many places we decided it’s easier (and cheaper) to do it on our own so we can make it to our own liking. I prefer grilled chicken, little to no soy sauce, and rice that’s still al dente. My husband prefers more soy sauce than me, but other than that is open to just about anything.

I personally struggle to eat enough vegetables on a daily basis. I mean, I know I should, but everything else always sounds better. The joy of fried rice is you eat vegetables without even noticing they’re there. Not only does it make me feel healthier, but someday we can serve this to the munchkin to make her eat her veggies, too. She’s still too little to be eating them, but soon she’ll be on more than mashed and pureed foods.

When we make fried rice it is probably one of the easiest recipes we use. I mean, if it got much easier it would be hard to call it a recipe. Any leftovers you have you could potentially use in fried rice. Leftover turkey after Thanksgiving…turkey fried rice. Leftover ham after Easter…ham fried rice. Leftover taco meat after Taco Tuesday…Mexican fried rice. You get the idea, right?

Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

2 cups rice (we used a wild rice, quinoa combo)
2 eggs
Soy sauce

Everything else is completely up to you. Whatever you have in your fridge will work. We used:
2 pieces of chicken, shredded
1/2 green pepper, cut in strips
1/2 red pepper, cut in strips
1/2 cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
Leftover peppers and radishes, chopped

1. Cook rice according to instructions on box.
2. While rice is cooking, saute fresh vegetables in large skillet.
3. After 5-7 minutes, add in pre-cooked food items (leftovers) and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
4. Add cooked rice and stir until everything is well mixed.
5. Add soy sauce to your flavoring and serve.

What have you put in your fried rice?

Do you have any other uses for leftover food?

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