‘Egg’ Fried Rice

'Egg' Fried Rice

We just love this healthy alternative to the popular Chinese dish! So simple and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: rice, tofu
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 200 g brown rice
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 150 ml bouillon or vegetable stock
  • 80 g mashed firm tofu
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 30 g frozen peas (optional)
  • 30 g sweetcorn (optional)

Instructions

  • Par-boil the brown rice (and peas if using) in a wok using 100ml of your stock. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add nutritional yeast, olive oil, remaining bouillon stock, mustard and mashed firm tofu. Stirfry for 10 minutes.
  • Season and serve!
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