A healthy take on fried rice, this pineapple “fried” quinoa is delicious and super fun served in a pineapple boat. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.
Remember my shrimp fried quinoa recipe? I’m sure many of you do because it’s an easy weeknight meal that everyone seems to love. Well today I have a fruity take on that recipe. It’s a spruced up version with fresh pineapple, lots of veggies and edamame. This version also skips the eggs so it’s perfect for all my vegan friends who want to get in on the fried quinoa action.
To make the presentation super fun I served this pineapple fried quinoa in a pineapple boat!!
Obviously serving the dish in a pineapple boat isn’t 100% necessary, but it does make the dining experience just a tiny bit more enjoyable. There’s really nothing better than eating food out of a fruit bowl. Am I right?
This whole idea was inspired by a local Thai restaurant, Sabai, that serves their pineapple fried rice in a pineapple bowl. I’ve actually never ordered this dish at the restaurant — I usually go for the Papaya Salad and Massaman Curry — but I’ve seen it being served to other diners and and it always looks so fun.
The flavor of this fried quinoa is very similar to that of pineapple fried rice. You still get all that grainy goodness and the sweet, fresh pineapple combined with the salty, spicy sauce is perfection.
On the health front, this dish is loaded with fresh veggies and has a good source of protein from the quinoa and edamame. Plus the sauce, which is just a simple mixture of reduced sodium tamari, sambal oelek and…