Sometimes you want delicious entrees from Thai restaurants but you are unwilling to pay Thai restaurant prices; therefore, you are left to your own masterchef abilities to try and create something just as delicious in your own kitchen. That pretty much happened to me when I started getting pangs for Pineapple fried rice. I also came to the realization that Pineapple fried rice from Thai restaurants usually include chicken, so sadly unless I find a location that makes a vegetarian pineapple fried rice, I will have to rely on my own abilities.
(Side Note: I have no real reason to why the sweet potato is a male…it can be a female too)
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
1 Medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup cubed pineapple (canned or fresh)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1/2 bell pepper, sliced (I used a yellow one)
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (I just used white mushrooms)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup sliced cashews (optional)
***Note: It is best to have cooked the brown rice a day in advance, but if not, you only want to cook it until it is al dente.
1) Cook brown rice (if you have not already done so).
2) In a medium sauce pan, heat one teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat.
3) Add in onions and saute for about 4-5 minutes until they begin to slightly brown. Add in bell peppers and mushrooms and continue to saute until softened, about another 3-4 minutes.
4) Add in sweet potato and continue to cook until sweet potatoes begin to soften slightly (about 4-5 minutes). Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
5) Add in egg and stir in until egg is lightly scrambled, about a minute.
6) Add in brown rice and stir in mixture well. Add soy sauce and mix well, about 2 minutes.
7) Gently add in pineapple, mixing well and then add in Sriracha sauce. Mix well, but gently, for about another 2-3 minutes.
8) Remove from heat. Transfer to bowl. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste (you really shouldn’t need to). Share and Enjoy!
I really like this recipe and it is not just because I thought of it! I think that the sweet potato adds a nice heartiness to the dish and the addition of Sriracha helps balance the sweetness with a bite of spicy. You should make this! And, if you like meat, I do not see any harm in adding some chicken to the dish. 🙂
OH, the one thing that I did want to add but I sadly did not have was CASHEWS. Add these if you can!