August is here and I can already hear the moans of children, teachers and parents everywhere. Back to school is upon us and that means our days and evenings have become much busier.
If you’re not a meal planner, now is the perfect time to start! Knowing exactly what’s on the table every night for dinner can be a huge stress reliever. Arm yourself with a few quick and tasty dinner ideas and you’ll be ahead of the game on weeknights when time is at a premium.
Sure, reaching for the takeout menu might seem like the easiest option, but you can have it. Pineapple Fried Rice ready to eat in less time than it takes for the delivery guy to knock on your door!
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Where does Pineapple Fried Rice come from?
This savory and sweet side dish is believed to have originated from Chinese people living in Thailand. They noticed how many Thai dishes included fruit and decided to add pineapple to the fried rice. Since then, it has become a popular dish with Thais and Westerners alike.
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How to Make Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
If you’re looking for the Thai version of this dish, this is actually a very different recipe. Thai pineapple fried rice usually contains red pepper, walnuts, sriracha, lime, and cilantro. It has a lot more flavor, and like most fried rice recipes, it also includes eggs.
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- cooked brown rice
- frozen peas and carrots
- yellow onion
- Green onions
- soya sauce
- Sesame oil
- dried ginger
- black pepper
- canned pineapple
- large frying pan
- wooden spoon
- measuring cups/spoons
- sharp knife
How to Make Pineapple Fried Rice
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and black pepper. Put aside.
2. In a large skillet, sauté the yellow onions and garlic until translucent.
3. Add peas and carrots. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add cooked rice and soy sauce mixture. Stir well to combine and cook for a few minutes to allow flavors to develop.
5. Add pineapple and green onions. Stir gently to combine and cook for a few minutes to heat through.
6. Serve immediately with additional soy sauce on the side, if desired.
I don’t expect our schedule to get any less busy as the school year progresses, so having easy meal solutions like this is one way for me to ensure dinner is on the table. without stressing. Doing takeout also gives me control over the ingredients, so no guilt when the boys ask for extra portions!
- The rice can be cooked ahead the same day or even the day before.
- Partially thaw frozen vegetables by letting them stand at room temperature while you prepare the recipe. They will only need a few minutes to cook and remain slightly crispy.
- White rice can also be used.
- Fresh pineapple would be delicious – you need 2 cups diced.
- I do not recommend using low sodium soy sauce in the recipe. Save it to add once cooked.
- You can find sesame oil in the Asian food aisle.
- Add diced ham, chicken, shrimp or pork for a complete meal with more protein.