Updated: Feb 24
Calling all of my fried rice lovers... do I have the perfect recipe for you!
This warm, salty, savory, and scrumptious recipe is as easy as it is delicious and is loaded with gut healing ingredients to boot. This will be a new staple in your recipe rotation if you are someone that likes yummy food that is healthy. Isn't that all of us?
Fried rice was one of the first recipes I learned to cook back in my early 20's when I found out that real food is important for my body and that the best way to get real food is cooking it yourself.
I used to LOVE fried rice when we would hit up our local Chinese food restaurant growing up. It has always felt like comfort food, bringing about happy memories, so when I saw it being cooked on some cooking program and saw how easy it can be, I figured it was right up my ally!
Fast-forward a decade, and my near weekly routine of making it when I want a fast and easy meal on the weekends, I think it's safe to say I've perfected the recipe. I've even added a couple of gut healing components that only add to the deliciousness of the meal.
Gut Health Superstars~
Garlic and Onions- These alliums have a good dose of prebiotic fiber, helping to feed the probiotic bacteria in our gut. This is an imperative piece of having a healthy, properly functioning gut, so load up on these superstars was often as you can, both cooked and raw, as the onions are both in this recipe!
Carrots and Cauliflower- Again, both have healthy doses of that prebiotic fiber we need to keep our probiotics happy! Cauliflower is particularly dense with fiber so if you are able, opt for it over the brown rice, or do a combo of both.
Mushrooms- The type of mushrooms you use changes the beneficial properties of them as mushrooms vary greatly. My favorite shroom as of late has been lion's mane- great for brain health, immune support, and mood disorders. These are hard to come by but I can usually find them at a farmer's market. Any type of mushroom you choose with have some health benefits, but if you always stick to button mushrooms, try something new this go-around!
Sauerkraut- My go-to gut healing food. Though optional, sauerkraut gives this recipe a nice bit of zip and is a great fermented food that supports probiotic diversity. This is mixed in at the end so that it's not actually cooked, just gently warmed up, keeping was much living bacteria in tact as possible.
A Note About Tamari-
For those that are new to tamari, tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce. You can find it at most grocery stores. If you prefer soy sauce, that's fine, but either way you go, I highly recommend choosing something organic.
Soy is one of the most pesticide filled crops in the US which is part of the reason there are so many soy allergies nowadays. Not only can conventionally grown soy be bad for people that are allergic or have a food sensitivity to it, it's also bad when eaten often, as the toxins from the pesticides it's grown with build up in our system, bioaccumulating in our body. Our gut doesn't handle the toxins well and too much of this toxin exposure can lead to leaky gut. Opt for an organic soy sauce or tamari.
The Perfect Batch of Fried Rice Recipe
Makes 4 servings, takes about 20 minutes
3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch nob of fresh ginger, minced
3 green onions, green parts sliced, white parts finely chopped
1 1/2 cups mushrooms of choice, sliced
2 large carrots, diced
4 cups frozen cauliflower rice or cooked brown rice or a combo of both
2 tablespoons organic tamari or soy sauce
Pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup raw sauerkraut
Sesame seeds, optional
Heat one tablespoon avocado oil over low-medium heat in a large pan.
Add the garlic, ginger, and white parts of the green onions, stirring and cooking until just browning, about 2 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and carrots to the skillet, turn up the temp to medium, and cook until they become soft, about 5 minutes. Pour the veggie mixture into a large bowl and set aside.
Place the pan back on the stove and keep the heat at medium. Add the second tablespoon of avocado oil to the pan and let it heat up. While it's heating, in a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs until liquified. When the pan is hot, add the eggs and cook, constantly stirring until cooked through and you have scrambled eggs. Remove the pan from the heat and slide the eggs into the same bowl as the carrot mixture. Set aside.
Place the pan back on the stove, over medium heat and add one more tablespoon avocado oil. Add the cauliflower rice (or cooked brown rice) to the pan, warming up for a couple of minutes. Once it's warmed up, add the carrot and egg mixture to the pan along with the tamari. Stir well so it's incorporated. Remove from heat and add black pepper and the sauerkraut, stirring it all together.
Divide the fried rice between four bowls and top with the green parts of the green onions and sesame seeds. Add salt if needed and enjoy!
Meal Prep Tip- This is great to make at the beginning of the week and pull from as needed throughout the week. Just double or triple the above ingredients and cook it all the way through. Portion as you need or keep in one container in the fridge and portion out each morning for breakfast!
Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free