Chinese takeout-style food is always a family favorite when I want to make an easy, tasty, and convenient dinner. My household is a fan of mandarin orange chicken, General Tso’s chicken, egg rolls, and potstickers from Aldi. We also like certain takeout-style foods from Aldi’s cousin, Trader Joe’s, including spring rolls, beef and broccoli, and kung pao tempura cauliflower. In addition, we like fried rice from TJ’s.
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice cost $2.49 for a 16-ounce package at the time of publication. It’s found in the freezer aisle.
Ingredients include cooked rice, carrots, edamame soybeans, corn, green peas, leeks, red bell peppers, soy sauce, sweet cooking rice wine, canola oil, sugar, onions, seaweed extract, salt, and sesame oil.
If you’re watching out for allergens, this contains soy and wheat.
There are about three servings per package. A 1-cup serving (cooked) has 230 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat (3% DV), 510 mg of sodium (22% DV), 45 grams of total carbohydrates (16% DV), 3 grams of dietary fiber (11% DV), 3 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of added sugars (2% DV), and 6 grams of protein.
The bag has directions for heating in the microwave or on a stove top.
To microwave, add 1 1/2 cups of frozen vegetable fried rice to a microwavable container. Cover and cook on high for 2 minutes or until cooked thoroughly to 165 degrees.
To heat on the stove top, heat approximately 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a nonstick frying pan or wok. Pour 1 1/2 cups of frozen fried rice into the pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously for 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly to 165 degrees. Pour into a bowl and serve.
This vegetable fried rice heated easily in a pan on my stove top. It took a little longer than five minutes to warm it all, mostly because of a few larger chunks of frozen rice and veggies.
It doesn’t taste like fried rice from a restaurant, but nothing from a grocery store ever does. This rice is good on its own merits, with plenty of seasoned rice and just the right amount of vegetables in different colors of the rainbow for a little extra nutrition. I served it alongside Aldi mandarin orange chicken, and everyone in my family approved. For what it’s worth, we had no leftovers.
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice cooks from frozen and is easy to heat on the stove or in the microwave. It features a good array of diced vegetables and is lightly seasoned. It’s not the same as takeout fried rice, but it’s still good.