Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A frugal main dish

Here, for lady m, is the Vietnam Fried Rice recipe. This recipe comes from the More with Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre. I am not sure if this book is in print any longer or not, but for those of you interested in frugality and living more simply, I highly recommend it. Look on Amazon or another site that offers used books and see if you can find a copy. It is simply full of practical and delicious meal ideas, and is likely to become one of your most-used cookbooks. The recipe below was actually submitted by a family living in Vietnam. I will add my modifications in brackets.

Cook 1 cup rice (will produce 3 cups cooked rice) or, have ready 3 cups leftover rice.

Heat in a large skillet: 4 Tblsp. cooking oil [I used canola oil and only used 3 T.)

Add: 1/4 to 1/2 lb. any cooked or raw meat, cut into thin strips [I used 2 1/2 leftover boneless pork chops, cut in small cubes]
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped coarsely
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
1 Tblsp. soy sauce

Stir-fry the above until meat is tender and hot, about 2 minutes for cooked meat. Add the 3 cups cooked rice. Stir-fry for 5 more minutes.

Add 1 cup leftover or frozen vegetables, such as peas, green beans, or carrots [I used green beans, and have even used mixed vegetables]

Stir well into rice-meat mixture. Just before serving, add:

2 eggs, beaten .

Over medium heat, stir carefully through rice mixture until eggs are cooked. Serve piping hot with a simple salad. The contributor suggested leaf lettuce with cucumber, mint and parsley.

Yield: 4 servings


  1. Thank you Mrs. T. :) I am going to look in Amazon to see if I could find it.

    I could even make this with brown rice...yummm!

    lady m

  2. Yes, it would be delicious with brown rice. Hope you and your family enjoy!

    God bless,

  3. i will be passing this on to the newlyweds, Nancy and Charles. They love all Asian food and can use some frugal recipes!!

  4. How nice, Arlene! You might see if you could find them a copy of the More-With-Less Cookbook. I think it is a must-have volume for frugal cooks. My copy is a spiral bound paperback; I think that may be the only way it was printed.

    Thanks for stopping in! And congratulations to all of you!

    God bless,


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