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This recipe is definitely a family favorite.  I can usually whip this together with things I have in the house already, making it a great meal when I can’t get to the store.  And, it is delicious.  My husband and son will eat piles of this.  But, the best part about it in my opinion is that not only is all of the above true, but it is simple, versatile, inexpensive and healthy. I get very excited about that combination.

I usually triple this recipe to feed my family of seven.  If you happen to make too much, it makes wonderful leftovers!
Vietnamese Fried Rice
(modified from the More-with-Less cookbook by Doris Longacre)

Cook 1 1/2 c. brown rice or have 3 c. pre-cooked.
Heat in a large skillet:

4 T. cooking oil (I usually use olive oil or toasted sesame oil.)

Add:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. honey
1 1/2 T. soy sauce (I always use low sodium.)

Optional:

Meat truly is optional in this recipe. I have cooked it with no meat, chicken, BBQ pork leftovers, and shrimp. All tasty. If you are adding raw meat, add about 1/4 to 1/2 lb. of meat with the above ingredients and cook along with the onions and the garlic, etc. If I am using leftover meat (which is most of the time), I throw it in after the onions are mostly cooked just to heat it up.

Stir-fry until meat is hot and/or onions are translucent.

Add:

Cooked rice. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add:

2 c. veggies ( I add more if I am going meatless). Oh, you need something more specific? Honestly, this is never the same twice for me. I use whatever I have on hand. Occasionally I will buy fresh bean sprouts to throw in because I am really fond of them, but mostly – whatever
I have. Peas, pea shoots, cut up green beans, chopped spinach, bok choy, shredded carrot, broccoli . . . Stir into rice mixture and allow the veggies to cook to desired tenderness.

Just before serving, add:

2 eggs, beaten

Over medium heat, stir the eggs carefully through the mixture until they are cooked.

Enjoy!

I’ll be sharing this recipe with the following sites this week:

Melt in your Mouth Monday

My Meatless Mondays

Naptime Creations

These Chicks Cooked

Real Food Wednesday

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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