Recipe ideas: Fried rice

Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you and if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown.

Fried rice is a great quick and easy meal which can use up a lot of leftover veggies and meat!  Try adding unusual ingredients like asparagus or pineapple for something different.

Photo Credit: jeffreyw via Flickr

Photo Credit: jeffreyw via Flickr

Fried rice

What you need:

  • 2 cups* cooked rice – 0.75, assuming rice bought in bulk at ~$28 for 10lbs
  • 3 eggs – $0.50, assuming  one dozen eggs for $2
  • 1 cup frozen veggies, or leftover chopped veggies – $0.75
  • scrap leftover meat (eg. turkey, roast chicken)  – $0.75
  • soy sauce or soy seasoning sauce – < $0.10 (or use leftover soy packets from takeout!)
  • garlic powder – <  $0.25

Heat up some oil in a pan.  Crack in the eggs and break them up.  Add rice and stir until well coated and eggs are starting to cook.  Add meat and veggies.  Stir fry until everything is warm and well mixed.   Turn off heat.  Add soy sauce and garlic powder to taste.

Servings: 4-5

Cost per serving: About 60 cents!  My real cost is probably less, but I “rounded up” many costs, such as the cost of garlic powder.

Nice to have: Fresh chopped green onions on top, mushrooms, shrimp

Feeling adventurous: Add curry powder for a curry fried rice

*this is using the little cup that comes with your rice cooker, not actually a “cup”

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