Becoming a Brand New Vegan, you may think our diet is all about the veggies.
Don’t get me wrong, they DO play an important role, for their vitamins and nutrients but you’re going to need a lot more than veggies in your belly because one thing they lack – is calories.
If you try to stick to an all veggie diet, you’re going to find yourself very hungry. And that’s no good if you want to make this new way of eating work for you.
You’re going to have to fill up on something along with your veggies that will hold you over until the next meal. And that something is…
And one of the oldest and most popular starches of all time is rice.
This Garlic Veg Fried Rice Recipe is one of my favorite ways to get both my starch AND my veggies, all in one pot.
We all loved Chinese Takeout as SAD eaters, and Fried Rice was always my favorite – but it’s – well – you know – fried. Usually in lot’s of oil!
This version gives you that same Fried Rice Yumminess, without all that artery-clogging oil. And before you ask – yes – it is TOTALLY possible to stir-fry without oil.
Check it out.
Secrets of Oil-Free Fried Rice
The secret to amazing vegan, no oil added, fried rice is cold, refrigerated, day old rice.
At the very least, have the rice made in the morning and refrigerated all day. Any moisture at all in the rice will make it sticky and clump.
Not good. Nobody likes mushy rice.
I use white Jasmine Rice, although brown rice will work too. Follow your brand’s specific instructions, and make sure to take it easy on the amount of liquid you use.
Remember. More water = sticky rice.
As soon as it’s cooked, place it in an uncovered bowl and place it in the refrigerator. We want to dry out as much moisture as we can.
Another secret to a successful stir-fry is to pre-chop everything. I use 4-5 little soup bowls to hold all my individual veggies. Remember that some veggies take longer to cook, so keeping them in individual bowls makes it easier to add them one at a time.
Stir Fry Secret #3: Preheat whatever pan you’re using. I have a stainless steel wok, but any large pan should work. I heat it up until I can flick a drop or two of water in the pan and it will immediately start to sizzle.
So how do you stir fry the veggies without oil? Water! Just add a splash or two as necessary to keep things from sticking. And stir baby stir. You HAVE to keep things moving around or they WILL stick.
That’s it! The secrets to a successful, oil-free stir fry!
Use whatever veggie you like! Peas, broccoli, snow peas, baby corn, get creative! Just make sure they’re all chopped to about the same size.
Lastly, for the sauce in this recipe, I used my Oriental Stir Fry Sauce. You can find it by clicking the link.
- 1/2 Onion (diced)
- 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 1 piece Fresh Ginger (1/2")
- 1 cup Green Beans (chopped)
- 1 rib Celery (chopped)
- 1 Carrot (chopped)
- 1 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 batch Stir Fry Sauce (see recipe)
- 4 cups Cold Rice (day old is best)
- 4 Green Onions (chopped)
- The rice needs to be cold, preferably cooked the day before and refrigerated
- Pre-chop all veggies until they are uniform in size
- Heat a wok or other large pan until hot
- Add garlic, ginger, and just a splash of veggie broth or water to keep from sticking
- Stir continuously for 1 minute
- Add onion and stir fry until softened - adding liquid as necessary
- Add beans and stir fry for a couple of minutes - add liquid if necessary
- Add celery and carrot, stir fry for a couple of minutes
- Add mushrooms - they will release their own liquid, stir fry until softened
- Add rice, chopping up any clumps
- Stir to mix everything and then add Stir Fry Sauce
- Continue stirring until thoroughly mixed
- Add green onions, stir to mix, and remove from heat