Fried Rice Lunch

I eat lunch at home 99% of the time so I have the advantage of being able to use the stove. Many times I eat dinner leftovers and simply warm them up. I also like to use pieces of a leftover meal and add to it. I often have a fried rice lunch that isn’t necessarily a traditional fried rice but good none the less. Sometimes I don’t use rice at all, but substitute leftover pasta

Examples of what I use in fried rice include:

  • leftover rice or rice/quinoa mix
  • leftover pasta
  • leftover meat, cut in small pieces
  • turkey bacon (cooked and cut in pieces)
  • leftover or fresh veggies
  • egg (especially if I’m not using meat)

You probably know how to fix fried rice, but if you don’t it is very easy. Heat a large skillet and add a little oil. I like to use extra virgin olive oil. Add any fresh veggies that need to be cooked. Stir them around in the oil. Keep the heat pretty high and stir them often so they don’t burn. When the veggies are almost done, add the meat, rice, quinoa, or pasta. Heat through.

If you don’t use meat (or even if you do) and you want to add egg, I cook it last. While the rest of the ingredients are heating I break one or two eggs in a bowl and beat them lightly. I then push all the ingredients in the pan to one side and add the egg to the empty side. The egg cooks up quickly and then can be mixed into the rest.

Many people add soy sauce, but I prefer to just use salt and pepper.

In the picture above I used leftover rice and quinoa, bacon, broccoli, onion and egg.

In this picture I used leftover brown rice, onion, mushrooms, and egg. As you can see, the basic recipe idea can be used in many different ways.

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  1. WendyGK says

    We could live on the variations of fried rice. Actually we do. The kids ask fr it at least twice a week for dinner and lunch and they can even make it themselves. Thanks for coming up with the lunch theme. With summer here, lunch is sometimes our big meal of the day.

  2. Mikki Black says

    I like all the salad ideas! I tried to come up with something else, but I usually eat salad of some sort for lunch, whether its greens or tuna salad or egg salad.

  3. Manda says

    Linda, I'm sorry for getting back to you so late and I had a great recipe lined up for lunch but because of work I've been tremendously busy and hardly have time to update my blog.

    I have a post on my blog that is dedicated to your What's For Dinner Wednesday, even though it's a little late. Thank you anyway for your invitation. That was very kind of you.!

  4. Brian says

    I love fried rice. It's nice to be able to use up some leftovers to bulk it up. Sorry I didn't have a lunch post this week, most of my lunches at work are not GF.

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