This recipe is a fantastic way to use any Leftover Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs by combining them with brown rice and vegetables for a delicious Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice!

These recipes also use leftover recipes, Vegan Spaghetti, And Meatballs, Vegan Meatloaf Sandwich and Potato And Peas Samosa Muffins.

“Food wastage is a serious issue that must need to be addressed. Unfortunately,hefood waste becomes more intense during the holidays. In the United States, 108 billion pounds of food are thrown away each year.

That is about 40% of total food consumption. It, unfortunately, has a significant impact on both humans and the environment. Fortunately, we can do much at home to avoid food waste, especially around the holidays. So, I initiated to put my effort in this journey by sharing Thanksgiving leftovers recipes.”  11 Ways To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

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The term “leftover” is usually taken as a negative connotation. However, the significance of leftovers became clear to me when I was on my own, both from a financial and creative perspective!

An excellent test for a home cook is to make something new and delicious out of something they’ve already prepared. Many of the world’s most beloved dishes got their start as a means to cover and extend leftovers. Making use of leftover rice is tricky because it doesn’t reheat nicely. However, making fried rice from leftover rice is a great way to use it up.

Fried rice, like many other meals that evolved from leftovers, must be made with leftovers. To keep the rice from sticking to the pan, start with cooked, cold rice on the drier side. Fried rice is the ideal method to use leftover rice, vegetables, and meat. Although it has been for centuries, it remains as important to kitchens then as it ever was.

For those of us who end the Thanksgiving festivities with an abundance of meals, it’s never too early for us to start thinking about what we’ll do with all the leftovers. Leftover lentil meatballs are great with fried rice. I like to use lentil meatballs in fried rice since it is a very adaptable protein that absorbs amazing Asian flavors.

If you’ve ever thought about what to do with leftover Thanksgiving lentil meatballs, I’ll show you how to make the tastiest “leftovers” fried rice.

Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice saute

How to Make Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice?

For making Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice, you’ll require leftover Thanksgiving lentil meatballs and the following additional ingredients: 

Ingredients

  • Leftover Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium carrot, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft.
  2. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and cook for a minute.
  3. Stir in carrots, lentil meatballs, frozen peas, and cook for another 2 minutes. Keep stirring.
  4. Add Bragg’s liquid aminos and stir to coat vegetables fully.
  5. Add rice and stir until fully combined and heated for about 2 minutes.
  6. Turn off the stove and stir in sesame oil and green onions. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this fried rice with different foods, but my favorite combination is soup or curry. Unusual, but I like it.

Are you looking for some motivation? Take a look at some of the foods that go well with fried rice:

Storage Suggestions

Do you need to refrigerate or freeze? Simply split them out, store them in airtight containers, and throw them in. It lasts up to 5 days in the fridge! When you’re ready to eat, microwave them.

However, because this fried rice just takes 15 minutes to prepare, I recommend cooking it fresh whenever feasible.

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is highly versatile – I’ve used the vegetables I had available, but you can add almost any veggie you have.
  • Fresh veggies should be cooked for at least 2 minutes (and thoroughly washed before chopping), but frozen vegetables require less time.
  • If you want to experiment with other seasonings, go for it!
  • Fried rice with leftover rice is the best. Because the cooked rice dries up a little as it stays in the fridge. The grains then separate beautifully. This creates the ideal environment for preparing a wonderful fried rice meal.
  • To make this meal healthier, I used brown rice rather than white rice. However, you can use your leftover white rice.

Recipe Variations 

The possibilities are endless when we make homemade fried rice changes, therefore, be creative and utilize any leftover items. Nonetheless, here are some ideas:

Pineapple fried rice: Fresh pineapple is a traditional ingredient in Chinese cuisine and Thai fried rice. To incorporate it, simply cut it and whisk it in.

Fried Rice with Vegetables: Any vegetable that is suitable for stir-frying would be nice in fried rice! Simply sauté and stir in the fried rice until everything is well combined.

Fried Quinoa with Kimchi: Kimchi gives fried rice a big flavor lift. Simply chop the kimchi and toss it into the quinoa to prepare kimchi quinoa fried rice. 

Try these Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice, the best weeknight meal ever! And don’t forget to share your feedback in the comment section below.

close up spoonful of fried rice over skillet

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Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice

This recipe is a fantastic way to use any Leftover Thanksgiving Lentil Meatballs by combining them with brown rice and vegetables for a delicious Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice!
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Leftover Thanksgiving Fried Rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Leftover Lentil Meatballs cut into bite sized pieces (clink on the link)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper diced (I used orange and yellow)
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Bragg liquid aminos
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
  • 2 green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add bell peppers and cook for a minute.
  • Stir in carrots, lentil meatballs, frozen peas, and cook for another 2 minutes. Keep stirring.
  • Add Bragg’s liquid aminos and stir to coat vegetables fully.
  • Add rice and stir until fully combined and heated for about 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and stir in sesame oil and green onions. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3468IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg