Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain Brown Rice (toast, soak, cook*)

  • 2 tsps Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper

  • 2 Garlic

  • 1 cup Pineapple ( 1 can, drained)

  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice

  • 1 stalk Green Onion

Soak the 2/3 cups rice overnight in warm water and a teaspoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. See note below*

After 12-24 hours of soaking, drain the rice and add 1 1/2 cups water and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the water soaks up.

Meanwhile melt the coconut oil and sauté the bell pepper and garlic for about 4 minutes. Add the pineapple, soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice and just bring to a simmer then add the rice and toss well. Garnish with chopped green onion.

*I know, soaking rice overnight doesn't fit our busy schedules these days, but it's valuable to break down the phytates in brown rice and allow all nutrients to absorb. All grains contain anti-nutrients like phytates which help the grain survive as a plant. You can also lightly toast the brown rice and then soak it to further break down phytates so that our bodies absorb more minerals and other nutrients from the rice. To toast the rice - toss it in a cast iron pan on medium and shake the pan around to prevent burning. After toasting you can add water to the pan and cook, or add the rice to cold water and soak overnight. Soaking rice can help remove arsenic and remove phytates so that you absorb more minerals.

Phytates are not always bad, however, they can have health benefits which is a story for another day. For general health and mineral quality toasting, soaking, fermenting are all ways to reduce phytates.

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