Meatless Monday: Ginger Pineapple Cashew Fried Rice

Our friend Joanne spent the weekend in Boston and sent a text from Haymarket. "snowpeas, green onions, ginger, garlic, herbs - all around $1 each - what do you want?" With fresh produce this cheap, we texted her back, "bring us whatever you can." Being the great friend she is, Joanne walked back through and made some additional purchases, during which she was robbed. They got her wallet with her ATM card and about $100 cash, but worst of all, they ruined one of her favorite places. Boo!! Hiss!! At least she wasn't hurt.

On Monday, Joanne delivered our goody-bag of produce, for which we were very grateful. During lunch, Amy peeked inside, wondering what she could make from it, as if she were on her own version of Chopped, and this was her basket of ingredients: a pound of snowpeas, a bunch of green onions, two ginger roots, two 1/2-pints of blueberries, 4 orange peppers, a few stalks of rosemary, a bunch of fresh thyme. The idea for a ginger fried rice started brewing. A stop at the market on the way home for a pineapple, and this week's Meatless Monday dish was born. Thank you, Joanne! We're so sorry that happened to you.


1 1/4 cup basmati (or other long-grain) rice
1 3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 pound fresh snowpeas
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
salt to taste
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup cashew nuts

Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Place rice and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat a wok over medium heat until very hot. Pour oil into the wok and tilt it so all sides are coated with the oil. Add the ginger, green onions, snowpeas, carrots and salt, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the rice to the wok and stir-fry until the rice begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the sesame oil, pineapple and cashew nuts, and stir-fry another 2-3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


Tiffany said...

Oh Haymarket! Oh Green Line how I miss thee!!!! This rice sounds delicious!

jck said...

Thanks. I'm glad you could make good of it...I tried to as well...xo

The Duo Dishes said...

Poor Joanne. :( She's quite a friend to bring you those goodies despite her mishap. Great midweek dish too! Lots of good flavors, especially that play of sweet fruit and spicy ginger.

Buttercream Blondie said...

This rice sounds delicious! I love the addition of pineapple

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Sounds like very interesting combination and it is really tempting

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Kate at Serendipity said...

I'm so sorry that your friend was robbed--and even more so at the Haymarket. I havent' been there in many years but I remember that I loved it. I still love markets, and here in Belgium we have many of them. I try to go at least once a week--they're great sources of local produce. Plus I lovelovelove buying cheese from the guy who milked the cow. Or the goat.

This fried rice looks wonderful. Ginger and pineapple are so great together!

Heh, you could also make this in that new tagine...

Linda said...

Really terrific Meatless Monday meal! I participate in MM too, I haven't had time to post most of my recipes yet, with Monday sneaking up on me all the time I'm cooking that day then am too pooped to write about it! Love the mission of MM and glad to see when people are raising awareness of it.

Susan Lindquist said...

Killer fried rice recipe! Yum! So sorry your friend got ripped off! I LOVE Boston and it always bothers me when I hear of incidents like this ...

The Mistress of Spices said...

Sounds great...just the type of fried rice that I love!

The Mistress of Spices said...

Sounds great...just the type of fried rice that I love with the mix of savory and sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

This looks fantastic! Definitely need to give it a try...I love pineapple fried rice with cashews, such a great flavor combo. And adding ginger, sounds so tasty!!