Recently, the super talented Chef AJ was the featured guest on my podcast, sharing recipes and tips from her wonderful book written with Glen Merzer: Unprocessed 10th Anniversary Edition: Revitilize Your Health with Whole Foods.

“Pineapple Unfried Rice” (above) photo credit: Hannah Kaminsky, BitterSweetBlog.com)

This revised edition of her popular plant-based book is a celebration of the amazing versatility and health benefits to be found in whole plant foods. Chef AJ shares her inspiring journey to wellness and she clearly defines the differences between processed vs whole plant foods.

With over 135 delicious recipes, Chef AJ creatively combines nutrient-rich ingredients to create nourishing and satisfying recipes, celebrating the adage of “let thy food be thy medicine.” Chef AJ is sharing a really tasty and fun recipe from her book with us today! Thank you AJ- for the fabulous recipe (below) and for appearing on the podcast! LISTEN HERE or on APPLE PODCASTS.

PHOTO CREDIT: Hannah Kaminsky, BitterSweetBlog.com

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ABOUT THE RECIPE:

Here's a great alternative to traditional fried rice by Chef AJ!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 (20-ounce) can crushed unsweetened PINEAPPLE
1 RED BELL PEPPER, finely diced
1 bunch SCALLIONS
1 cup GREEN PEAS
4 ounces PEA PODS, sliced
4 cups chilled cooked BROWN RICE
1/2 cup low-sodium TAMARI
1 bunch CILANTRO LEAVES, chopped

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Drain the can of pineapple, reserving the juice to use to sauté the veggies. Heat 1/2 cup of the juice in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the pepper and scallions and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peas, pea pods and rice and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pineapple and tamari and cook for another minute or so. If the mixture becomes too dry, add more pineapple juice as you are sautéing. Remove from the heat, stir in the cilantro, and serve.

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CHEF’S NOTES:

For a spectacular presentation, serve in a hollowed-out fresh pineapple half.

If you are avoiding all sodium, substitute 1/2 cup California Balsamic Teriyaki vinegar for the tamari.

Ingredients

Directions

1

ABOUT THE RECIPE:

Here's a great alternative to traditional fried rice by Chef AJ!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 (20-ounce) can crushed unsweetened PINEAPPLE
1 RED BELL PEPPER, finely diced
1 bunch SCALLIONS
1 cup GREEN PEAS
4 ounces PEA PODS, sliced
4 cups chilled cooked BROWN RICE
1/2 cup low-sodium TAMARI
1 bunch CILANTRO LEAVES, chopped

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Drain the can of pineapple, reserving the juice to use to sauté the veggies. Heat 1/2 cup of the juice in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the pepper and scallions and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peas, pea pods and rice and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pineapple and tamari and cook for another minute or so. If the mixture becomes too dry, add more pineapple juice as you are sautéing. Remove from the heat, stir in the cilantro, and serve.

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CHEF’S NOTES:

For a spectacular presentation, serve in a hollowed-out fresh pineapple half.

If you are avoiding all sodium, substitute 1/2 cup California Balsamic Teriyaki vinegar for the tamari.

Pineapple Unfried Rice, By Chef AJ
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