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Thai Pineapple Vegan Fried Rice

Course: Main Course

Equipment

  • Air-tight container
  • Large pan

Ingredients

  • basmati rice (it’s best if you have cooked rice from the day before)
  • 1 medium/large onion (white or yellow)
  • 2 garlic cloves (add one or two more if you like more garlic flavor)
  • 2 carrots (cut in to thin sticks or you can use the already shredded carrots)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut this into long thin sticks as well)
  • 1/2 cup fresh/frozen peas (you can use more if you like)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, cut small (canned pineapple chucks are just fine, just drain the juice and set aside)
  • 1/2 cup cashews (you can leave them whole/half or you can chopped them a bit smaller)
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce (tamari if you want gluten-free)
  • 1 TBSP curry powder
  • 2 – 3 green onions (chopped)
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • red pepper flakes (Optional ingredient)
  • fresh cilantro (Optional ingredient but it tastes like a million dollars with this added)

Instructions

  • Cook your rice according to the instructions on the package and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Cook the frozen peas for about 7 minutes, this way they are already soft and ready to use.
  • In a large pan, heat the oil and sauté your chopped onion for about 3 minutes. Add your fresh garlic, carrots, and bell pepper. Cook this for 3 minutes, stirring it as you go so you don’t burn anything.
  • Then add your cooked rice. You can then use the curry powder and the soy sauce to season it. Once this is done, you can add the pineapple chunks, peas, green onion, and your cashews. If you want to add a little salt and pepper to it, do it now, but be careful with the salt, as the soy sauce is already salty. You can choose to add the red pepper flakes as well.  Stir this mixture until it’s well combined.  Top it with your fresh cilantro.

Notes

Although this recipe shows an entire half of a pineapple, unless you are planning to impress someone, you really don’t need to have this to make it. Presentation is everything, yes, but if it’s just you and you don’t care how lovely it is, then don’t worry about getting an entire pineapple.  Grab a can of the chunks and call it good.