Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown.

Fried rice is a great quick and easy meal which can use up a lot of leftover veggies and meat!  Try adding unusual ingredients like asparagus or pineapple for something different.

Fried rice

What you need:

  • 2 cups* cooked rice – 0.75, assuming rice bought in bulk at ~$28 for 10lbs
  • 3 eggs – $0.50, assuming  one dozen eggs for $2
  • 1 cup frozen veggies, or leftover chopped veggies – $0.75
  • scrap leftover meat (eg. turkey, roast chicken)  – $0.75
  • soy sauce or soy seasoning sauce – $0.25 (or use leftover soy packets from takeout!)
  • garlic powder – $0.25)

Heat up some oil on a pan.  Crack in the eggs and break them up.  Add rice and stir until well coated and eggs are starting to cooked.  Add meat and veggies .  Stir fry until everything is warm and well mixed.   Turn off heat.  Add soy sauce and garlic powder to taste.

Servings: 4-5

Cost per serving: About 75 cents!  My real cost is probably less, but I “rounded up” many costs, such as the cost of garlic powder.

Nice to have: Fresh chopped green onions on top, mushrooms, shrimp

Feeling adventurous: Add curry powder for a curry fried rice

*this is using the little cup that comes with your rice cooker, not actually a “cup”