Recipe: Kid-friendly Fried Rice

Unless you have an extremely flexible kid on your hands, figuring out new meals that your child will devour is a challenging task. Kid-friendly meals aren’t always practical for the entire family, and it can be hard to pack the right amount of nutrients into each meal. Add in the hectic nature of being a working parent, and it may feel nearly impossible to figure out a time-efficient meal for dinner.

kid friendly fried rice

I love fried rice for all of these reasons: it’s quick, it’s nutritious and it can be made to suit everyone’s taste. Adults enjoy it too, especially with a little extra hot sauce for added flavor. Once you have the basic fried rice recipe down, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. Even better, you can tweak it each time to provide a bit of novelty. Your children will love this new addition to family meals.

Is fried rice good for you?

Fried rice provides the perfect opportunity to sneak some nutritious foods into your family’s diet. You can add vegetables with a mild taste like peas, carrots and edamame, which pack the meal with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The egg provides extra protein, and you can also add your child’s favorite meat for an added boost.

Not all kids like brown rice, but it’s nutritionally superior to white rice and should be used whenever possible.

Fast, easy and family-friendly

This meal takes about 10 minutes to prepare, making it a busy parent’s dream come true. Almost all of the ingredients are either frozen or pre-cooked, so it’s really just about heating things up and combining flavors. The only thing you would need to pay attention is to use leftover or cold rice. For this, just get cooked rice out of your rice cooker and chilled in fridge an hour in advance or the night before.

Since this fried rice is so versatile, you can fry in bulk and use it for a few dinners or lunches during the week, perhaps adding different proteins or accompaniments for variety.

Not only is this fried rice recipe fast, but it’s also easy. You know what that means — your children can help you cook! If your kids are picky eaters, letting them help out with dinner is a great way to get them invested enough to enjoy the food.

kid friendly fried rice recipeKid-Friendly Fried Rice Recipe

Without further ado, here’s how I make my kid-friendly fried rice.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 eggs
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • Sesame oil to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (for the adults!)

Instructions:

  1. First, heat the oil in a non-stick skillet. Peanut oil is a good choice, but picky eaters may prefer a milder vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and onion and cook for two minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add the cooked rice, stir and cook until heated through.
  3. Beat the eggs and drizzle slowly over the rice while stirring. Scramble the eggs thoroughly.
  4. Finally, add the peas, carrots, and edamame and cook for another two minutes. Add soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.

kid friendly fried rice

Here is a printable version of this Fried Rice recipe for your convenience:

Recipe: Kid-friendly Fried Rice
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ cup onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 eggs
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • Sesame oil to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (for the adults!)
Instructions
  1. First, heat the oil in a non-stick skillet. Peanut oil is a good choice, but picky eaters may prefer a milder vegetable oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, and onion and cook for two minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Add the cooked rice, stir and cook until heated through.
  4. Beat the eggs and drizzle slowly over the rice while stirring.
  5. Scramble the eggs thoroughly.
  6. Finally, add the peas, carrots, and edamame and cook for another two minutes. Add soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.

About the Author

Victoria is a home cooking mom and a food blogger. She loves to share her recipes and culinary tips from her diversified experience of multi-culture. She has enjoyed the fun time when cooking at home with her kiddo’s help. Check out her blog for more recipes.

 

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