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NUTRITIOUS RECIPES FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

Suitable for 12m+

Let me introduce you to a dish that will instantly become a hit with your family and guests: Pineapple Fried Rice. It’s the perfect blend of sweetness and savory goodness that is sure to impress everyone at the table. Kids absolutely love it!

There’s something about that touch of sweetness from the pineapple that makes it irresistible to little taste buds. Just imagine yourself whisked away to a tropical paradise, enjoying this mouthwatering dish while sipping on fresh coconut water. It’s a culinary escape that will make you feel like you’re on a beachside vacation.

Plus, the best part is that it’s so easy to make and can easily become a staple in your weekly meal plan. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll be hooked and your family will be asking for it again and again.

Where Pineapple Fried Rice is from?

Travel back in time to the exotic origins of pineapple fried rice, a dish often served in a hollowed-out pineapple, adding a touch of tropical charm to the dish.

Originating in Thailand, this flavorful creation emerged as a result of innovative culinary experimentation.

Local cooks combined the natural sweetness of ripe pineapple with fragrant rice and an array of savory ingredients to create a harmonious blend of flavors with their handy dandy frying wok. Over time, pineapple fried rice gained popularity both within the region and beyond, captivating the palates of food enthusiasts worldwide.

Today, it stands as a testament to the artistry and ingenuity of Asian cuisine, offering a delightful balance of sweet and savory notes that continue to enchant diners of all ages.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 200 grams of shrimp (deshelled and deveined)
  • Ginger slices
  • 1 halved pineapple
  • Oil (for frying)
  • 1/4 cup of peas
  • 1/4 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup of corn kernels
  • 3 cups of cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons of light soya sauce (or fish sauce)
  • Salt to taste
  • Crushed peanuts (optional, for garnish)
  • Lime wedges (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro (optional, for garnish)
  • Sriracha sauce (optional, for added spice)

Note: For toddlers, no toppings or garnish is needed

Step By Step

1.Pre-cut the middle of a halved pineapple and set aside the shell for later plating. Dice the pineapple flesh into small cubes.

2. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and set aside.

3. Marinate the deshelled and deveined shrimp with a few slices of ginger for about 10 minutes to remove any unwanted smell.

4. Heat a non-stick pan and drizzle some oil. Fry the beaten eggs until scrambled and set them aside.

5. In the same pan, add peas, carrots, and corn, and stir-fry for a few minutes until they start to soften.

6. Add the marinated shrimp and cook until they turn pink and opaque.

7. Add cooked jasmine rice to the pan and pour in light soya sauce (or fish sauce ) and salt to taste.

8. Stir-fry the rice and vegetables until everything is evenly mixed and heated through.

9. Lastly, add the diced pineapple cubes and stir-fry for another minute to incorporate the flavors.

Serve the pineapple fried rice in the hollowed-out pineapple shell for an eye-catching presentation.

Optional

  • Garnish with crushed peanuts, drizzle some lime juice, and top it with fresh cilantro.
  • For adults that prefer a spicy kick, you may prepare siracha sauce on the side.

How to Serve

When it comes to serving pineapple fried rice, there are countless delicious pairing options to explore. Here, I have pineapple fried rice with a side of crispy pumpkin tempura, a comforting bowl of tofu and kelp miso soup, and a handful of juicy blueberries. It’s a well-rounded meal that hits all the right notes.

In our Asian cusine, we often enjoy a warm soup alongside our main dishes to add an extra touch of comfort and balance to the meal. It’s like a cozy hug for the palate! However, don’t worry if you prefer to serve pineapple fried rice on its own. This dish is already a complete package with a mix of proteins and veggies, providing all the necessary nutrients your little one needs.

Tips for Success

  1. Use cold, day-old cooked rice: Using leftover rice that has been chilled in the refrigerator overnight helps to achieve the perfect texture and prevents the rice from becoming mushy.
  2. The power of pineapple juice: Instead of discarding the juice from the hollowed-out pineapple, save it to add an extra burst of pineapple flavor to your fried rice. Use it to moisten the rice while stir-frying or as a finishing touch before serving.
  3. Use ripe pineapple: When making pineapple fried rice, using ripe pineapple is key to achieving that perfect balance of sweetness in the dish.
  4. The secret ingredient: For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a small amount of curry powder or turmeric to your fried rice. These spices not only add a beautiful golden color but also bring a subtle depth of flavor to the dish.

Make It Vegetarian

  1. Skip the shrimp: Omit the shrimp and egg from the recipe or replace it with plant-based protein options like tofu or chickpeas.
  2. Boost the veggies: Load up on colorful vegetables to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of the dish. You can add diced bell peppers, broccoli florets, or any other veggies of your choice. Stir-fry the vegetables along with the other ingredients for a delicious and wholesome vegetarian option.
  3. Swap fish sauce: Traditional pineapple fried rice often includes fish sauce for seasoning. To keep it vegetarian, replace fish sauce with soy sauce or tamari for that umami flavor. You can also add a touch of vegetarian oyster sauce or mushroom sauce for added depth of flavor.

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