The first time I ever had fried rice, was when I was just a young kid. A Chinese family moved into town and opened up an amazing restaurant. I fell in love with the food pretty much instantly. I tried everything my parents ordered and NEVER complained. Yeah, I was that kid that LOVED food (and I still do!). So when the egg fried rice came out (sometimes ordered with chicken). I would devour my half easily. How could you not!? It’s so tasty, and I had no idea at the time just how easy it would be to make! After all, I was only 10. Over the years it has evolved, and now I have this quick cheap and healthy turmeric fried rice recipe that is absolutely perfect for a side dish or you can even add some protein like tofu or beans for a meal.
I have played around with the formula a bit over the years. Fried rice isn’t a terribly difficult recipe, to be honest. It’s pretty basic actually. So it wasn’t difficult to veganize four years ago either. In fact, it was actually my go-to recipe for just a little too long that my husband got sick of it. Now, I have found myself playing with the recipe yet again. Seeing what works and what doesn’t. That’s when I started learning about turmeric and it’s amazing benefits.
- 2 Cups Rice
- 1/2 TBSP Turmeric
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 5 TBSP Soy Sauce
- Water (as needed)
- 2 TBSP Garlic
- Extra veggies optional
- If you have leftover rice, GREAT! If not, cook rice as per usual at a 2:1 ratio (once cooked cool completely)
- Add Nutritional Yeast to pan and toast just enough for the aroma to come out
- Add rice and mix while continuing to stir, as we don't want rice and nutritional yeast to stick to the pan
- Add in garlic and turmeric and mix thoroughly
- Add any veggies chosen (I did black olives and tomato)
- Add salt and pepper to taste and finish off with Soy Sauce for extra umami and color
Turmeric is an amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and has been linked to helping with cognitive brain function. It can potentially help offset oncoming dementia and helps fight depression as well. When I eat or drink anything with turmeric in it, I feel my mind becoming a bit clearer. I’m able to concentrate and focus on tasks at hand. I don’t get confused or bored as easily either. I am by no means saying that turmeric is a cureall. It definitely does work with the body though. Just remember, whatever you use it in must also have pepper otherwise the body won’t digest ALL of it, and most will head down the digestive tract on the way to the landfill. That’s why this recipe is so incredibly amazing. It’s health benefits and flavor make the perfect combo. Exactly what you want in every recipe!