I am not a chef. I am simply a mom who tries to save time and money, and at the same time, avoid food waste. So for my kids’ lunches, I try to make use of whatever is leftover for dinner. And quite often, I make a quick and easy fried rice for the kids’ lunch boxes. Read on to see how I make this kid friendly recipe.
First of, I always make sure we have frozen peas, corn & carrots in the freezer. So when we have loads of leftover rice and a bit of meat from dinner (whether it’s chicken, pork or beef), I whip up this quick and easy fried rice in 5 minutes. Here are the 3 simple steps I follow:
1. Cut up the leftover meat into small pieces.
2. Throw the meat into a hot wok (or pan). Then add some frozen veggies.
3. After 1-2 minutes (or when the frozen veggies have thawed out), add the leftover rice. Season with salt and pepper. Alternatively sprinkle with soy sauce instead of seasoning with salt.
I usually do all of the steps above the night before. Let it cool. Then keep the fried rice in the fridge. The next morning, I heat up the fried rice in the microwave. Then put it into one of these containers: LunchBots Thermal 8-ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Food Container. The kids say the food stays warm until they eat it for lunch.
If you’d like to get an idea on how to make fried rice the proper way – that is, with fresh instead of leftover ingredients, here’s an easy fried rice recipe by The Recipe Critic.
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