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This pineapple fried rice is actually the result of cleaning out the fridge – I did not intend for it to become a blog recipe but I have a lot of blog recipes with that same story so I should have known better!
I had baked some tilapia and was looking for sides. There was some rice I needed to either finish off or freeze for later so I figured I’d eat that and some leftover zucchini. Plain rice wasn’t going to cut it though so I started looking around in the fridge for inspiration. There was an open can of pineapple and I thought, why not! I can make it a little sweet. To balance out the sweetness a tad, I added some diced onion I had in the freezer, coconut aminos, and black pepper. There’s also something about pineapple and ginger together that I love so ginger was an obvious addition.
It turned out great, especially for something I just put together real quick. It was much “lighter” than traditional fried rice and paired perfectly with the fish and zucchini. Regular fried rice definitely would have overpowered the meal.
Even though this makes a great summery side dish for grilled or baked fish, chicken, etc., I think it would be a great one-pan meal on it’s own if you just add some sort of pre-cooked, chopped protein to the dish. I would suggest shrimp or maybe some diced pork but tofu would be good too if you need to keep the dish vegan.
So that’s enough about the recipe. I have baby stuff on the mind! I’m completely distracted by it all. I’m almost halfway through the pregnancy and I can’t believe the amount of stuff there is to do! Exciting stuff nonetheless but still distracting.
We decided we want to have the baby shower a little early so we can have it outside. We’re thinking grilling then a bonfire with s’mores. I can’t stand the cold (that means anything below 75 degrees by my standards) so we’re thinking September 23rd with the 30th as a rainout date. I’ll only be 25 or 26 weeks. I think that’s a little abnormal for a shower but this is the way it’s working out.
If we have it September 23rd and they say to mail invites 4-6 weeks before, that means I only have 2 weeks to get them ready and mailed! I’m one of those people who are super picky and can’t just choose a pre-designed invitation online. I’m also one of those people who like to save money. So I’ve been designing my own the past few days and it’s so fun! I’m waiting to hopefully find out the gender before finalizing them because I don’t want to mislead anyone with the colors I’m choosing.
I’m particularly excited about the shower because if we find out the gender on Monday, we’re probably going to reveal the name in a shower game. I prefer the shower games people can participate in on their own time so I was thinking we could have a magnetic dry erase board or chalk board with children’s letter magnets for the first and middle names on there. Then people can come by and try to unscramble the letters to figure out the name. I’m sure somebody will spill the beans to people who haven’t had a chance to solve it but I’m really not a fan of stopping everyone from what they’re doing and making them play a game together. Lots of people don’t even like shower games (myself included) so that doesn’t sound like something I want. Do you know what I mean?
- Heat coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté until transparent.
- Stir in rice, pineapple, coconut aminos, ginger, and pepper. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until excess moisture is cooked out and the rice is lightly fried – about 15 minutes.
- Serve and garnish with sliced green onion, if desired.
If using canned pineapple, I recommend buying canned pineapple chunks to roughly chop (with a food processor or slap chop) instead of crushed pineapple so you get some bigger pieces. I like to include a little bit of the pineapple juice too.
Rice cooked the day before works best and doesn’t clump together as much as freshly cooked rice. Cauliflower rice can, of course, be made fresh.