Fabulous Fried Rice

150g  basmati rice
2 medium eggs
1 garlic clove
4 spring onions
1cm piece fresh ginger root
200g cooked prawns
Small onion
Handful boiled green beans
Small tin sweet corn
¼ head of broccoli
2tsp olive oil
1tbsp soy sauce
Black pepper

Serves 3-4

Want to have a Chinese but without having to spend money on a takeaway or feeling guilty about all the calories? Here is you answer! The recipe is fairly flexible. The prawns can be substituted for chicken or a meat substitute and the green beans, sweet corn and broccoli can be replaced with whatever vegetables you have lying around the house.

Boil the rice while you are preparing the vegetables. Slice the onion, cut the green beans in half and separate the broccoli into small florets. Add 1tsp oil to a large frying pan and fry the onions for 3 minutes. Then add the green beans, broccoli, sweet corn and fry for another 2 minutes. Take off the heat and place in a bowl.

Slice the spring onions and finely chop the garlic and the ginger. Add the rest of the oil to the pan and fry for 4 minutes. Then add the two eggs and scramble them, making sure you keep the eggs moving. Don't overdo the eggs. Move on to the next step when they have just begun to solidify.

The rice should be cooked by now so drain and add to the rice along with the vegetables in the bowl and the prawns. Stir continually for 5 minutes or until the prawns are heated through. Take off the heat and add the soy sauce. Season with pepper (no salt – the soy sauce provides that seasoning) to taste. Your student-friendly Chinese is now ready to serve!

Images sourced from Maria's Delicious & Nutritious Journal, BBC Good Food and David Hoffmaster. Compiled by Jenni Dimmock.