Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice

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This Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice is a healthy remake of the classic Thai dish!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

Do you ever make something out to be a big deal in your head, only to discover it was really nothing at all? I do this all the time from the usual things people dread to the smallest of tasks. So… my latest mountain out of a mole-hill was grating cauliflower.

I’ve made cauliflower rice in the food processor but I heard grating it was the way to go! Right away my mind gears up into overdrive picturing little bits of cauliflower flinging about my kitchen creating an epic mess as I grate away! Over-active imagination much?

Anyways I’m here to put your mind at ease, grating cauliflower really is the way to go. It’s super easy, doesn’t make a huge mess like I thought, and it makes for the best evenly textured ‘rice’!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

Also this Pineapple Fried Rice is totally addictive. Even my husband who doesn’t like pineapple put this down like nobody’s business!

The inspiration for this recipe started last fall when a friend and I were meeting up for Thai food, only to find the place unexpectedly closed for maintenance. Now I had been expecting to order Pineapple Fried Rice and my brain just wouldn’t let it go.

So fast forward to a few months later when we met up again for lunch only this time they were thankfully open! I got my Pineapple Fried Rice, yet when my brain was still obsessing about it, I knew it was time for a homemade version!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

How to make this Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice:

This recipe does take a bit of prep time, but it cooks in a flash and the prep time is totally worth it!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

It’s really important that the carrots be thinly sliced because bigger pieces take too long to cook when you’re stir-frying.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip: To make your green onions look the way they do when you go to a restaurant, you’ll want to slice them on the bias.

This is a simple trick that makes them look a little better and the only thing you change is the angle of your knife.

When you’re slicing them just make sure your knife is at a 45º angle, (the picture above has the knife laying down at the right angle for slicing on the bias).

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

If you’re worried about this tasting like cauliflower, don’t be – I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan and I ate this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner two days in a row!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

Tip #2: Frozen cauliflower works well here too, and will save you most of the prep time! I like to thaw mine first to drain off any excess liquid.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

More Paleo ‘Fried Rice’ Recipe Inspiration:

  1. Sriracha Cauliflower Fried Rice
  2. Bacon Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice
  3. Paleo 5-Spice ‘Fried Rice
  4. Red Curry Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Fried Rice

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

I made this version of Pineapple Fried Rice to be vegetarian, but it still packs a good amount of protein in it – just from the cashews and eggs alone you get 17.7 grams of protein per serving! But feel free to add cooked shrimp or chicken as well, both of which are so good in this dish.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

I hope you enjoy this healthy remake of Pineapple Fried Rice! If you do make it, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. And I always love hearing from you here, and over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos.

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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice | Get Inspired Everyday!

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This ‘fried rice’ is a veggie packed version of one of my favorite Thai dishes!


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 2 cups small chunks fresh pineapple, weighing 8 ounces
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 small carrots, weighing 8 ounces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head of cauliflower, weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces
  • 4 eggs

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Teaspoons chili paste

To finish:

  • 1 cup roasted cashew pieces
  • Sea salt to taste if needed

Instructions

  1. Start by prepping all your ingredients, this makes any kind of stir-fry dish much easier!
  2. Remove the core and seeds from the bell pepper and cut it lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick strips. Then cut the pepper strips crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Peel the carrots and cut off both ends before thinly slicing them.
  4. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater, and set it aside.
  5. Crack the eggs into a bowl and lightly whisk them together with a fork.
  6. Mix together the coconut aminos and chili paste together in a small bowl and set it aside.
  7. Once the prep work is done, preheat a very large skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes until it’s hot but not smoking.
  8. Add 1 Tablespoon of the avocado oil to the pan and sear the pineapple chunks to create caramelized edges, 2-3 minutes. Remove the pineapple from the pan and set it aside while you finish the fried rice.
  9. Add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of avocado oil to the pan and sauté the bell pepper, carrots, and garlic until the veggies are crisp tender. Then add the green onions, and cauliflower to the pan, cook 1-2 minutes to just soften the cauliflower. Add the eggs and cook stirring until the egg scrambles around the stir-fry – 1-2 minutes.
  10. Add the sauce to the pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the sauce is absorbed and thoroughly mixed in.
  11. Remove the fried rice from the heat and stir in the cashews and caramelized pineapple. Taste test to see if you’d like to add some sea salt and serve immediately!
  12. This stir-fry tastes best hot, but it’s really good at room temperature and cold right out of the refrigerator!
  • Category: Fried Rice
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: Cauliflower Rice, Paleo Fried Rice, Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

 

51 Comments on “Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice”

  1. Kari

    I made this and liked it. Perfect for a salty-sweet craving.

    These days, every grocery store in my town has “riced cauliflower” or “cauliflower crumbles” in the produce or freezer sections of the store, so this was super easy to make. Also, there is a frozen riced cauliflower and riced sweet potato combo that can save on cutting the carrots too and still get the Vitamin A. This was super quick and easy for a single person to make or a couple, which is rare.

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! And you’re right these days frozen cauliflower rice is available almost everywhere which makes this so much easier! I also love your idea for the sweet potato rice because sometimes there’s not much time for chopping and such.

  2. Kari

    I also used frozen cauliflower and added shredded chicken to my dish and it tasted great. I used the leftovers for lunch the following day they heated up in the microwave very well. Thank you!

  3. Kari

    Great recipe! I used sriracha instead of chili paste and added some crushed red pepper for more heat. It was awesome!

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’ve sriracha with this recipe too when I was out of chili paste, and it’s really a toss up which one is the best!

  4. Kari

    I never leave comments but have to for this one – I started this not expecting much, just a nice substitute for fried rice but OH WOW HOW WRONG I was. This is sooooooo good!!!
    I had to go back for seconds, and am so glad I made enough to pack for lunch. So simple and so effective!! Love it 🙂

    1. Kari

      Thanks so much, that’s just the best compliment! I wasn’t expecting much the first time I tried cauliflower rice either, but it really does make a great fried rice substitute!

  5. Kari

    This is amazing!! Wish you had the nutritional breakdown … at least calories, protein, fat, carbs per serving. Just the basics would be great. Not sure my app can handle the conversion for meal tracking!!

    1. Kari

      Thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope to have nutritional information more available in the future, it’s something I’ve been working on!

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