Cheesy Fried Rice with Eggs

19th June 2019, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Protein is found in both animal and plant foods. Animal sources of protein include eggs and dairy products (such as cheese, milk), fish, meat and poultry. Plant sources of protein include nuts, seeds, tofu, beans and legumes.

Eggs used to be an integral part of many stir-frying recipes. Eggs are well-known for their high-quality protein, which boast a complete amino acid profile. Consuming high-quality protein foods is particularly important for cancer patients because it can help to reduce the rate of protein breakdown, prevent muscle loss, maintain essential body functions, heal tissues and reduce the risk of infection.

Cancer patients are also advised to maintain their body weight and keep their energy intake high. To ensure that the protein you eat is used for essential body functions you must meet your energy requirement. If you do not eat enough calories to maintain your weight, your body will digest protein for energy rather than to support essential body functions.

A stir-frying recipe with both egg and cheese is a wonderful combination of high protein and energy. This easy-to-make fried rice recipe is made creamier with cheese.

Recipe:

Cheesy Fried Rice with Eggs

(serves 2-3)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs (size A)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 tablespoons grated cheese (Cheddar or Parmesan)
  • Pinches of salt

Method:

  1. Whisk eggs in a bowl, sprinkle with a little bit of salt, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add brown rice and stir-fry the rice.
  4. Pour beaten eggs onto the rice. Scramble the eggs with rice.
  5. Sprinkle grated cheese onto the rice and stir until all the cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from heat and serve as a meal or snack.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onion if you like.