Easy Fried Rice With Bacon – Low-Calorie
Easy fried rice with bacon is the perfect meal for one. The bacon adds a nice flair, while being filling, flavorful, satisfying.
I love making meals for one, especially when they’re as easy and delicious as this fried rice recipe. Sometimes I need a meal that is just for me, and this is a great, quick option. Fried rice is already good on its own, but the addition of bacon is awesome. Once the brown rice is cooked and ready, the dish comes together fairly quick. Brown rice takes much longer than white rice to cook, at least double the time. However, you can easily make the rice ahead, so it will be ready to go when you need it. I actually recommend making the rice ahead of time because fried rice is better when the rice isn’t warm and fresh.
When making fried rice, let the cooked rice cool down a bit, and then pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours until it gets cold. Overnight is even better. The rice holds up, and tastes better, when making fried rice with cold rice. If you use just cooked rice while it is still warm, it tends to be mushier and the texture isn’t as nice.
What is the difference between brown and white rice?
Brown rice is a whole grain that contains the bran and germ. White rice is the same grain with the hull, bran layer and cereal germ removed, which means at one time it looked exactly brown rice. Brown rice provides fiber and several vitamins and minerals. White rice is a refined grain that has had these nutritious parts removed.
What are the health benefits of brown rice?
Brown rice is a heart-healthy food. While it’s calorie and carb content are similar to white rice, it outshines white rice in nearly every other nutritional aspect. Brown rice is a good source of folate, riboflavin, potassium and calcium. It is also high in manganese and fiber.
To make this fried rice recipe, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook for 5–7 minutes until it’s crispy. Then, remove the bacon from pan and set aside. To the same skillet, add vegetables, garlic and ground ginger, and stir-fry in the bacon grease. Let the vegetables cook for until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Then, add the rice and soy sauce, and stir-fry for another 3–5 minutes.
Once that’s done, push the rice to the sides of the skillet to make a large well. Pour the beaten egg into the well and scramble. When the scrambled eggs are fully cooked, turn the heat to high and stir-fry everything together for another 2–3 minutes allowing the fried rice to sizzle. Serve and enjoy!
What can I add to fried rice?
Popular fried rice mix-ins include eggs, scallions, carrots, peas, soy sauce, ginger, bell peppers, garlic and onion powder. Also, chicken, pork, beef, tofu and bacon.
How do I store fried rice?
Place rice in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for for 5 to 7 days.
Can I freeze fried rice?
Yes! Place rice in a freezer safe resealable bag or air tight container and freeze for up to 6 months.
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Ingredients for Easy Fried Rice With Bacon
- Brown rice
- Frozen mixed vegetables
- Ground ginger
- Reduced sodium soy sauce
- Hot sauce
Calories per serving (1 bowl): 445
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Easy Fried Rice With Bacon - Low-Calorie
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 strip bacon, chopped
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetable medley, thawed
- 3/4 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 large egg, beaten
- hot sauce, to taste
- Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crispy, 5–7 minutes. Remove the bacon from pan and set aside.
- To the same skillet, add vegetables, garlic and ground ginger, and stir-fry in the bacon grease. Allow vegetables to cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Then, add the rice and soy sauce, and stir-fry for another 3–5 minutes.
- Push the rice to the sides of the skillet to make a large well. Pour the beaten egg into the well and scramble. When the scrambled eggs are fully cooked, turn the heat to high and stir-fry for another 2–3 minutes allowing the fried rice to sizzle.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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