Easy Fried Rice
Quick and Easy Vegetable Fried Rice
By Kyra Brue
As a fourth year college student, I know the struggle that comes with cooking and eating a decent meal while trying to juggle work and school. It can be hard to roll up your sleeves and actually cook yourself a meal instead of choosing the easier option and going to Chick-fil-a or McDonald’s. As college students, most of us are poor, too busy, or just too lazy to cook, so cooking becomes more of an afterthought . However, it is possible to cook yourself a meal while in college. You just have to get in the kitchen and do it.
I have been living away from home, going on four years now, and I know just how hard it can be to cook. For me, I found it difficult to cook my freshman year, because I realized that I only really knew how to make spaghetti (barely), and after making that enough times, I didn’t want to go near pasta and marinara, or my stove for that matter. My mom had attempted to teach me some recipes of hers, that I liked, but they would either take too long, be too much food for one person, or I would mess the dish up, because I’m “cooking” challenged. When these things would occur, I would get in my car and drive to the nearest fast food restaurant, which may have been the easiest option, but it wasn’t the healthiest one.
Once I realized that eating fast food, ramen, spaghetti, or microwaved meals every day was messing with my overall well-being, I decided that I needed to do something about it. So, I got on Pinterest (the best place for recipes in my opinion) and started to look for simple recipes that I liked (most of which included those lovely little things called carbs). I would try some recipes out each week, or at least once a month because sometimes I’m lazy, and eventually I found some recipes that I could cook every now and then, even without the recipes.
After a couple of years of cooking more frequently, I was no Martha Stewart, but I had finally grasped a decent understanding of how to make a couple of simple and tasty meals that wouldn’t bore me or cause me to get diabetes or heart disease by the time I turned 30. It was nice to actually know what I was doing in the kitchen for once, instead of embarrassing myself in front of my roommates when I’d set off the fire alarm.
One of my favorite and most simple recipes that I’ve made over the past couple of years, that is both delicious and healthy, is my fried rice recipe. I sort of came up with it on my own after looking at a few similar recipes on Pinterest. I was able to simplify it and alter it to what I like.
This is a fairly easy recipe that only uses a few ingredients, all of which I like to keep stocked in my pantry or freezer. I’m going to share this recipe with y’all because it is great for college students, because it is healthy and delicious. Even if your cooking challenged like me, you can make it without too much trouble. Just follow the directions below and enjoy!
Servings: 2 (or 1 if you’re hungry enough)
Duration: 30 minutes
1 Pouch of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (brown or white)
1 Bag/Box of frozen veggies (of your choice)
1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil (canola or vegetable oil works well too)
Salt and Pepper
Gather all of your ingredients.
*You are welcome to boil your rice or use fresh vegetables, but using bagged rice and veggies makes this recipe quicker and more simple. Plus, it tastes the same as fresh rice and veggies.
Add the vegetables, and mix them together as well.
*If you want to add a little kick to your rice, you can put a couple dashes of Sriracha and stir it in. Be careful because Sriracha is hot, so if you can’t take the heat, add very little or none at all.
Grab a bowl, or eat it out of the pan (whatever works for you) and enjoy!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can alter it by adding or eliminating different ingredients, as you please. You can add chicken, beef, or pork if you’d like. You can even remove the vegetables and eggs all together if you want. It’s a very versatile recipe. That’s what makes it one of my favorite easy recipes. That, and it has rice (aka carbs) in it.