vegan wild fried rice

Vegan Wild Fried Rice with Pantry & Freezer Staples!

Here in Palm Springs, we have been in quarantine for a while now. This means less eating out, and more cooking at home. Today, I’ll be sharing one of my staple meals that utilize common pantry & freezer items – vegan wild fried rice! It’s super delicious, healthy, and easy to make. Most people make fried rice with jasmine rice, but I like to do 50% jasmine rice for the sticky/binding element, and 50% wild rice for extra nutrients and protein.

Did you know? Wild rice boasts impressive amounts of several nutrients, including protein, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. It’s a fantastic, nutrient-dense plant-based protein source. A cup of cooked wild rice contains 7 grams of protein!

Source: Healthline

Give this vegan wild fried rice recipe a try and let me know what you think!

vegan fried rice ingredients

You’ll need:

  • wild rice (1/2 cup for ~4 small servings or ~2 big servings)
  • jasmine rice (1/2 cup for ~4 small servings or ~2 big servings)
  • a couple handfuls of mixed vegetables blend (frozen or non-frozen is up to you, but I used some peas, carrots, green beans, and peas frozen blend)
  • protein of your choice (I used frozen edamame and “de-podded” them but you can swap out for tofu if you’d like)
  • one yellow onion, diced
  • a few stalks of green onion, chopped
  • garlic, chopped
  • olive oil
  • sesame oil
  • drizzle of low-sodium soy sauce to taste
  • dash of turmeric powder to taste
  • dash of onion powder to taste
  • dash of garlic powder to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
sautéed onion and garlic
sautéed veggies

Method:

  1. Rinse thoroughly and cook rice. I use a rice cooker and do 1 part wild rice to 1 part jasmine rice. 1 cup total of rice will yield ~4 small servings if you are pretty generous with the veggies… which you’ll see, I am! My rice cooker takes about 60 minutes to cook the rice.
  2. While rice is cooking, dice up your onions and garlic. Set aside.
  3. If using edamame like I did in this recipe, bring it to a boil, then drain and “de-pod” them so you’re left with the edamame beans. Set aside.
  4. Lightly sauté onions and garlic with olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper, turmeric powder, garlic powder, and onion powder in a pan.
  5. Then, add in the mixed vegetable blend in the same pan. After cooking vegetable blend to “light browning,” mix in the edamame beans in the pan.
  6. Add a bit of sesame oil for extra flavor.
  7. When rice is cooked, add rice into the pan in bits, and mix until everything is fully incorporated.
  8. Drizzle the fried rice with some soy sauce to taste, and a bit more sesame oil if you like a more sesame flavor.
  9. Mix well and serve while hot! Top off servings with sprinkles of green onions.
plant-based fried rice

If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d check out my other recipes that I’ve shared on this space so far! Craving pasta? You may enjoy my lentil spaghetti. And you can never go wrong with veggie tofu noodle soup if you’re looking for comfort food!

Let’s take this social distancing time to nourish our bodies with healthy plant-based foods! 🙂 Have you tried a new recipe in the kitchen lately? What are your must-have pantry & freezer staples during this time?

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