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Sesame Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice

Sweet pineapple and a bit of sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet and savory twist to this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe.

Sweet pineapple and a bit of sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet and savory twist to this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe.

~by Regan Jones, RD

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I TOTALLY get this. As much as I love to gawk over brownies, cakes, cookies and cobblers, the reality is I am charged with putting dinner on the table every night and need quick, easy, HEALTHY options that everyone at my table will love. 

Like today's Sesame Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice.

This is a recipe I shared years ago over on my first blog -- The Professional Palate. I doubt many of you that are here now were with me then. So I'm sharing today to make sure you don't miss out on this little gem. 

Fried rice is an awesome weeknight dinner idea. It easily stretches whatever meat or seafood you have on hand. Using sweet pineapple and a bit of sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet/savory combo that's sure to make this a family favorite at your house. To make this an even speedier dish, I cut the rice prep down by using this "ready rice" by Uncle Ben's. It's basically just cooked rice in an easy open pouch. No weird ingredients and not super high in salt. (And don't be carb phobic about rice. Here's why rice is actually a good source of something called "resistant starch" and can easily be a part of your healthy diet.)  

Sweet pineapple and a bit of sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet and savory twist to this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe. 

Sweet pineapple & sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet & savory twist to this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe. @ReganJonesRD
Sweet pineapple and a bit of sesame gives a kid-friendly sweet and savory twist to this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe.

Sesame Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice

Yield

Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces medium-sized, peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add carrot, red bell pepper and onion; season with salt and saute 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  3. Add shrimp; saute 2 minutes.
  4. Add rice and pineapple; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated and shrimp are done.
  5. Spoon rice mixture to one side of pan; add eggs to opposite side of pan.
  6. Cook eggs without stirring, for 10 seconds.
  7. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 additional minutes or until eggs are scrambled.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil; sprinkle with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes, if desired.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 441
Carbohydrates 48.3g
Fiber 5.7g
Sugar 10g
Fat 20g
Protein 18.7g
Sodium 879mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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