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5 Easy Family Style Chinese Meals


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Chinese-style Fried Brown Rice
Fried rice can serve as a side dish or a meal all on its own.
Fried rice can serve as a side dish or a meal all on its own.
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Fried rice is a staple of Chinese-American cuisine, something you'll find on every take-out menu across the country. The trouble with fried rice is that it's typically made from enriched white rice, which isn't very good for you. If you want to serve your family something easy and a bit healthier, try substituting that white rice with brown rice.

Fried rice is easy to prepare, as long as you make the rice ahead of time and put it in your fridge -- cool rice cooks better in the wok than fresh, hot rice. A little soy sauce, scrambled egg, peas, carrots and onion and you're almost there. This recipe calls for diced smoked ham for additional flavor, but you can substitute chicken or pork or omit the meat all together to make this a vegetarian dish.


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