Spicy Pineapple Fried Rice [Recipe]

The first time I had Pineapple Fried Rice, I fell in love.  Unlike the traditional version of the dish, this recipe is light and refreshing, perfect for summer!  If you like fried rice, but long for something healthier and more flavorful, this meal is for you!

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked white rice, cooled.
1 – 2 cups pineapple, chopped, to taste.  I love pineapple, so I put 2 cups.
1 bell pepper, chopped.
1 small onion, chopped.
1 jalapeno, chopped.  Seeded if desired.
1 garlic clove, chopped.
1/2 cup celery, chopped (not shown, but delicious).
1/4 to 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped, to taste (not shown, but delicious).
2 1/2 Tbsp light sodium soy sauce.
2 Tbsp canola oil.
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated.
Sriracha to taste.

The Steps:

Cook the rice.  Make sure it is completely cooled.
Measure and prepare all of the ingredients. All of the chopped ingredients need to be the same size so they cook evenly.
Saute the onion over medium heat in a large wok, using the canola oil.  The onion should be clear and soft.  This should take 5-7 minutes.
Add in the garlic and ginger, over medium-high heat for about a minute.
Add in the pineapple, raisins, bell pepper, jalapeno, celery, and peanuts.  Stir-fry for another 5-7 minutes.  The pineapple should be a bright golden color, and all of the ingredients should be somewhat soft.
Finally, add in the rice, soy sauce, and Sriracha.  Stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until all ingredients are fully mixed and cooked.
Serve with Sriracha and a lime if desired.  Enjoy!

This recipe is somewhat healthy.  It’s a good way to enjoy a delicious comfort food without all of the guilt.  Since it has more fresh fruits and vegetables, and it uses canola oil and light soy sauce instead of vegetable oil or regular soy sauce, and there is no added MSG or preservatives, I don’t feel too bad eating it.  I’m also going to experiment with using brown rice in the future.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Libbi Duncan is our newest contributor on all things health and wellness. Her main blog, The Cornucopia Woman can be found here, where she lists her own personal recipes as well as progress on her very first novel! Give her a follow and read her updates here!

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