Real Fast Food – Fried Rice

Do you know what this is?
Can you identify this food?

What does real food looks like?

I was watching a TED talk the other day about….you guessed it, food! I know, it’s baffling that I would even be a bit interested in food.  I know. I know. I’m odd. But you love me anyway.

Anyway, this particular show was hosted by chef Jamie Oliver of Food Revolution. Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about?


Jamie had a show on TV called Food Revolution. He worked with schools to help them make more nutritious breakfasts/lunches.

In the video I watched, Jamie was holding up different vegetables (potato, tomato, radish) and asking children if they knew what it was. Let’s just say, I gasped out loud when the little tikes couldn’t identify them. And these were not 3 year olds, folks.

What in the world? How is it that these children don’t know what real food looks like? Something is not right.

Jamie goes on to interview everyday people to discover what they are eating/feeding their children. So many parents are only providing premade/frozen/in a box food. Their children have not ever seen them chop an onion or bake a potato. I am astonished.

Real Fast Food Made with Rice

So, in light of what Jamie is doing, I thought I would do my part and share with you some of my own real fast foods. Making your own food doesn’t have to be difficult or super time consuming.

Brown rice is best, but start whatever tickles your fancy first.
Brown rice is best, but start with whatever tickles your fancy first.

First : Buy a bag of rice.

Please don’t buy a box of rice. That is highly processed and has little resemblance to the actual grain itself. Trust me. You can do this!

Grab yourself a largish pan like this.
Grab yourself a largish pan like this.

Second: Make a big batch of rice.

Follow the directions in that link or just cook your rice in water. It doesn’t have to be with chicken stock.

Third: Store your cooked rice in the refrigerator or freezer.

If storing in the freezer, a couple of cups in a ziploc bag works great.

Fourth: Make some quick delicious meals.

Fried Rice

2-3 Cups cold cooked rice

1/2 onion

2 carrots

2 celery stalks


1-2 cups leftover meat

2 scrambled eggs

Soy sauce to taste

optional: ginger (diced), garlic (chopped)

Chop a couple of carrot and celery stalks and an half onion. Place a few Tablespoons of oil in a pan. Cook the onion until it’s soft and kind of clear looking. Now add the other veggies. Cook until soft (5 minutes or so).

Grab some leftover meat and chop into small bites. I’ve used steak and bacon, but whatever you have will work fine. No meat in the fridge? No biggie. It will still taste delicious.

Add meat and rice to the veggies. Cook a few minutes until heated through.

Push the meat/veggie mixture to the side of your pan. Dump in scrambled eggs and cook until done.

Mix the cook egg into the meat/veggie mixture. Add a splash or two of soy sauce to flavor.


Get crazy and experiment with this EASY recipe. Add some sugar snap peas, sliced cabbage,  green beans, green onion…show your kids what a vegetable looks like.

My family raves about my fried rice. And you know what I love about it? I don’t measure anything. That’s right, I just chop what looks good and throw it all in the pan. Sometimes it has bacon, some times it has no meat. I then taste as I go and add more seasoning if it needs it. This is truly fast food in that you don’t have to have all the ingredients I listed above. Just grab what you have and make it taste good. Honest. You can do this.

Next up in Real Fast Food is Easy Mexican Food on the Fly using, you guessed it, that rice you stored in your refrigerator.

Until then, enjoy some Food Revolution….


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About kathleen

I'm a stay at home chicken momma with 2 boys and a very understanding husband. In December of '09, we moved to our dream farm. I'm excited to try to become more self-sufficient. So far I have 1 rooster, 9 chickens, 2 goats (some babies on their way this spring), 1 llama, a dog, and a cat. Come along and join us, as we city-slickers figure out how to make our own homestead. You're sure to be entertained.
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6 Responses to Real Fast Food – Fried Rice

  1. Joan Porter says:

    Oh my goodness this really blew me away. How did this happen? Kids not recognizing real food? Of course I do remember a certain little 4-year-old girl who was blown away when her big brother told her that MacDonald’s kills cows to make hamburgers. She gasped and began to cry. Does this ring any bells Kathleen?

  2. Christine says:

    Looking forward to trying this soon! Thanks Kathleen!

  3. Angela Rapp says:

    I could not resist and made this tonight for dinner. Oh my goodness!!! So yummy and so easy!
    I used coconut oil, carrots, kale and tofu…my whole family loved it!

  4. kathleen says:

    Angela, yummy! That sounds so good!

  5. kathleen says:

    You bet, Christine! Let me know how it goes.

  6. Rachel says:

    On one of the Food Revolution shows he was asking high schoolers to identify veggies and they didn’t know them! We now have pictures of whole veggies in our cafeterias to help kids learn them (even at the high school). So sad.

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