Millennial Grocery Guide

Quinoa Fried Rice Recipe

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How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them. There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!

From Your Pantry or Fridge (or Sink!)

  • Salt, pepper, olive oil, and water


  • 2 medium carrots, chopped $ Optional: If you hate carrots, they won't make or break the dish.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced $
  • 1 medium onion, diced $ I go with yellow onions for all of my cooking!
  • 2 scallions, chopped $ Also called green onions at your grocery store.


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter $ Yes, this is supposed to be healthier, but you can't have fried rice without some butter.

  • 2 eggs, scrambled $ Add extra for vegetarians skipping the chicken.

Frozen Food

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas $ Go for the smallest bag you can find. Frozen peas, and frozen veggies in general, are pretty cheap.


  • 2 chicken breasts $$ Millennial Freezer Staple I usually buy a small pack chicken breasts and freeze them in individual portions (for me, that's one breast) with my FoodSaver. If there's a good sale, don't be afraid to buy a larger pack and freeze! Substitute: Chicken tenders (which I like because they're in smaller portions and cook quicker) or tofu for vegetarians! You can also always add an extra scrambled egg or two.

Dry Goods

  • 4-6 tablespoons sesame oil $$ The sesame oil really takes the chicken to a new level - but a little goes a long way. If you're looking for a cheap, familiar place to buy sesame oil, look no further than Trader Joe's. Sesame Oil is one of my 10 Trader Joe's Favorites for Millennials, which you will receive straight to your inbox when you subscribe to the blog. Do it! Optional, but it really makes the whole dish taste so much better.
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce $ If you're keeping this meal 100% gluten free, make sure you choose gluten free soy sauce.
  • 1 cup dry quinoa $ You'll need about 3 cups of cooked quinoa, so start with 1 cup dry. Quinoa can be found with other grains and rice like risotto, farro, etc. in the dry goods asiles. If your local grocery store has a bulk goods section, you can even buy it in smaller quantities so you only buy what you need.