Life is busy; and I am all about convenience. I love finding shortcuts in the kitchen and in our budget. Take delivery, for example. After a long day of work, there’s nothing better than getting take out. Pizza and Thai food never get old! But it’s not so friendly on the budget (or the waist, really!). Luckily between Sam and I, we can make most of our take out favorites at home. Like this Pineapple Fried Rice. It’s inexpensive and easy to make.
Herbs are another great example. I killed our basil plant months ago, and never bothered replacing it. Fresh basil is so expensive in the stores – and I never end up using all the leaves before they wilt. So I was excited to find Dorot – a company that packages fresh herbs in neatly packaged freezer trays. They’re super easy to use – just pop one out and throw it into your recipe as you’re cooking. From basil, garlic, chili to ginger, these small packages are a must have for your freezer.
If you use any of these herbs when you cook, get on the Dorot train. And definitely add this Pineapple Fried Rice to your dinner repertoire.
Pour sesame oil into a large wok, and heat on medium high. Cut the chicken into bite sized cubes, and cook in the oil until cooked through. Then lower heat slightly and add onion, garlic and basil. Cook for about 3 minutes to soften onion. Add rice, vegetables, and sauces to pan, and stir to mix evenly. Turn heat back up to medium high and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 until rice begins getting crunchy on the bottom of the pan. Turn heat off and add pineapple and green onion. Mix together one final time. Top with cashews for garnish.
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Aloha, and welcome to Margaritas In The Rain! My name is Marisa. I live in Hawaii, where I cook approachable food. With an island twist. And yes, I do love drinking margaritas on rainy days. Care to join me?