When I went to the market for my groceries the other day, I noticed the big giant pineapples were on sale. Seeing those quirky fruits sitting there with an incredibly reasonable price tag made me think of all the delicious things I could make with pineapple chunks. Being the Thai food fiend that I am, I settled on Pineapple Fried Rice, a dish I've never made since going vegan. This sweet and savory meal is really easy to make (you guys know how I love easy meals!) and is sure to be satisfying.
One thing to note when you're making any fried rice dish is that old rice is typically preferred over fresh rice. So yesterday, I cooked up three cups of brown rice (which ended up being WAY TOO MUCH for my dish today haha) and refrigerated it over night. Using the chilled day old rice makes for a better meal! Also, I used fresh pineapple but canned and drained pineapple chunks would work just as well. Feel free to omit or add any veggies you like...this dish is extremely versatile and customizable!
Pineapple Fried Rice
-3 cups cooked and chilled rice, brown or white
-1.5 cups pineapple
-1 zucchini, sliced
-1 bell pepper, chopped
-handful of baby carrots, chopped
-1 cup cubed extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
-3 tbs soy sauce
-1 tbs coconut oil
Cook 3 cups rice with 6 cups of water on low heat until the water has been absorbed. Place in an airtight container and store in fridge overnight (or for several days). Once the rice has been chilled, you're ready to make your pineapple fried rice! Start by prepping your vegetables. Sliced one whole zucchini, chop the bell pepper, cut your pineapple, cube the tofu, and chop the carrots. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan or skillet and add your veggies, pineapple, and tofu, sauteeing for about 3-5 minutes or until tender. Then, add three cups of the chilled brown rice and the 3 tbs of soy sauce. Sautee it all together for about 3-5 minutes, making sure the soy sauce has coated all the rice, veggies, and pineapple chunks. Serve in a hollowed out pineapple half topped with sriracha or sweet chili sauce. Enjoy!
Check out the Tastemade video I did while making this tasty lunch!