Post-Thanksgiving Meal: Pineapple Fried Rice

imageIt’s after Thanksgiving and more likely than not, you have lots of leftover from the family holiday dinner — slices of ham, rice, vegetables, nuts, whatever.

It’s time to cook your regular meal and you’re not in the mood to prepare anything fancy or tedious.  So you turn to your fridge and see what you can cut up, heat or recycle.

Then suddenly, you have a craving for something that’s a little greasy, spicy, salty, sweet and nutty.  So, how about some fried rice using leftover ingredients?


2 cups leftover wild rice (cooked)

1-2 slices of ham, cut into tiny cubes

1 cup pineapple chunks

1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper

1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper

1 can of straw mushrooms (or any kind of leftover mushrooms)

1/2 cup green peas

1 small tomato, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 thumb ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (or whatever leftover nuts you may have)

2 tbsps Olive oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


In large wok, heat Olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and stir-fry until golden brown.  Add ginger, onions and tomatoes and cook for about a minute.  Add ham, bell peppers, mushrooms, green peas, raisins and peanuts.  Mix well before adding soy sauce and turmeric.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and continue to sitr-fry for three minutes.  Remove from heat and serve warm.



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