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4-Ingredient Fried Rice

by Meghann on July 23, 2012

Have you noticed a pattern with my #Suriveon35 meals this past week?

  • quick and easy
  • simple ingredient list
  • lots of veggies

Tonight’s meal was no different.


4 ingredients.

15 minutes.


That’s it.

  • steam-in-a-bag brown rice: $1.39
  • frozen Japenese vegetable blend: $1.59
  • 2 eggs: $0.28
  • 4 apple maple chicken sausages: $1.71
  • Total: $4.97

My portion: $1.66 Derek’s portion: $3.31

Admittedly not my cheapest meal of the challenge. I could have saved money by using dry brown rice, instead of the steam-in-a-bag kind, but let’s call this “know when to save, and know when to splurge.” I saved by using the frozen vegetable blend instead of buying them fresh, and I splurged by going the steam-in-a-bag route. I’m a little obsessed with the steam-in-a-bag brown rice, I think it stays moist in the bag and it’s so easy to do – way better than the boil-in-a-bag kind that still requires a pan and 5 minutes of your time. Plus, I only had plans to use brown for one meal anyways.


So, yes – tonight’s meal was quick and easy. While the rice was steaming in the microwave, I cooked the veggies and four sausages over medium high. When the rice was done, I added it to the mix, gave it a good whirl, and pushed it all to the side. I cracked two eggs in the little pocket I had created and watched them fry.


Once the eggs were cooked, I mixed them in with the rice and covered the dish to give it time to cook through.


Soy sauce was obviously missed, but salt and pepper did the trick just fine.


This is the type of meal I see myself making after a late swim practice. Dishes like fried rice can be really simple if you let them.


Unfortunately I used my last two eggs making this dish. Looks like tomorrow’s planned frittata won’t be happening. Oops.

That’s ok, we still have:

  • an eggplant
  • 1/2 a head of cabbage
  • 1/4 block of cheese
  • corn tortillas
  • 1/4 of a jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 mango
  • 1 nectarine
  • oats
  • some hummus
  • some yogurt
  • carrots
  • 3 chicken sausages
  • romaine lettuce
  • some grape tomatoes
  • milk

I’m sure we can pull our final day of meals out of that… right? It’s gonna be tight, but luckily we only have one more day left!

No dessert tonight, but I did have a mid-afternoon snack: semi-overnight oats.


1/2 cup oats + 1/4 cup milk + 1/4 cup yogurt + cinnamon = $0.62

I made the mix after lunch and ate it around 4:00. It did the trick!

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1 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

What a great quick meal idea–I love it! But since I’m not following the challenge, I’ll add the soy sauce. 😀
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2 runinboise July 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

The fried rice is a good idea that I will have to try this week. Those chiken sausages are so good.

3 Becky @ runfundone July 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

That fried rice sounds de-lish!
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4 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Great quick meal idea!

Although you put $4.00 instead of 4 o’clock….guess you’ve got your challenge on the brain! :-p (I normally don’t care about spelling/grammatical things, I just found this one funny)
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5 Meghann July 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Ha! You’re right – that is a funny one. Great catch – I think I do have $ on the brain! 🙂

6 Sana July 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Do you feel more or less hungry eating off of $35?
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7 Meghann July 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

It’s hard to say. I miss my filling peanut butter and larger desserts, but I’m not sure if i’m just missing them or if I’m hungry for them?

8 Julie July 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I’ve really been enjoying these posts and I love how as a result the meals are so simple – with only 4 ingredients! Probably super tasty too.
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9 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food July 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

This looks delicious! I will definitely be making lots more simple meals like this as I watch my budget. Nice work!
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10 j3nn July 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

I love making fried rice at home, but I always have to add peas!
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11 Lindsay July 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

I’ve been curious about how you don’t seem to notice a difference (or don’t care about the difference) between frozen and fresh veggies. To me, frozen veggies are an absolute last resort or even a no go because they are mushy/waterlogged and have a lot less flavor.

12 Meghann July 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

I think it depends how long the frozen vegetables have been in your freezer, how you prepare them, and what the vegetables are. In the last year I’ve really learned to embrace frozen vegetables. I wouldn’t roast them as I do fresh, but they’re easy to sneak in to things like fried rice or soup and blend well with the other textures. Also, the longer frozen vegetables have been in the freezer, the more waterlogged they are when they defrost. Some vegetables freeze better than others. Brussels sprouts are a great frozen vegetable, as are green beans, but broccoli and cauliflower tend to lose their flavor.

13 wymberley July 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

I am doing a similar challenge with Paleo/ Primal eating. I just pray the eggs stretch till next Sunday! T have had rotten luck with frozen broccoli but frozen spinach is awesome!

14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

This fried rice looks delicious! 🙂 I’ve never made fried rice at home but it’s something I always wanted to make.
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15 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) July 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

Fried rice is definitely a quick and easy meal to throw together. It can be really healthy too!
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16 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

Haha I’m excited to see what you and derek manage to pull out of the last of your groceries!
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17 Hellonheelshon July 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

Loving that you are doing this challenge and being so creative in the process! 🙂

18 Gillian July 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

This looks so good, and easy. That’s why I’m a huge fan of this challenge…it can prove useful for more than just “can we survive on $X.” That pattern you’ve developed is very helpful to someone like me who is looking for all those things on a regular basis! Thanks for sharing!
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19 Erin @ erinberries July 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

Such an easy dinner! Definitely going to have to try this. I’m always on the lookout for easy, cheap, but healthy recipes!
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20 Amanda N July 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I bought some of that sausage the other day and was wondering what I’m gonna do with it. Thanks for the idea!

21 Sara@RunningInPinkProject July 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I like the easy fried rice recipe. I am also a fan of frozen organic veggies for soups and other dishes were the veggies arent the star. Its a great way to cut some $$ corners. Also, randomly I was watching Rachael Ray earlier this week and she made zucchini boats with a veggie “stuffing” and it looked awesome. Reminded me of something you might make!
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