In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Garden (vegetable) Fried Rice.

With an abundance of vegetables in my garden (last summer), it was only natural that I made this incredible vegetable fried rice when I came across some leftover rice in the fridge. I’m a huge fan of rice, that combined with the ability to put what I’ve grown into a dish, Uncle Chris was a very happy fella.

You’ll Need…

3 cups cooked rice (chilled)
1 1/2 tablespoon veg oil
1 medium onion (diced)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 cups chopped swiss chard
2 cups chopped kale
2 okra (chopped)
4 yard beans (bodi, bora) (cut into pieces)
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 chili peppers (chopped)

  • feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables.

Wash and prep the vegetables. (watch the video below).

Heat the oil on medium flame in a wok or pot of your choice.

Add the onion, bodi and stems of the chard and kale as those are the more tough vegetables. Grate in the ginger, toss in the chili pepper (bird’s eye) and add the crushed garlic. Stir well.

Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the okra and sesame oil and stir well. Now add the leafy parts of the Chard and Kale. It may seem like a lot, but it will wilt down.

Add the Chinese Cooking Wine, Hoisin, dark Soy Sauce and light Soy Sauce. Mix!

As I’ve mentioned in past Fried Rice recipes, try to make sure the rice is cool or chilled (for a more grainy finish) . Fold in the rice, warm through and you’re done. Yes the rice was cooked in salted water, plus the 2 different soy sauces we used will be enough salt for me. Taste and adjust (add salt) if you wish.

Lunch for Two is DONE! Feel free to add more rice and make it a complete family meal. Drop me your comments below, tag me on Instagram and don’t forget you can now get my cookbook – The Vibrant Caribbean Pot, 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes @

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