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Pineapple Shrimp with Curried Fried Rice and Veggies

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Leftover veggies and rice, never looked and tasted so good. I would say the only hard to get ingredient, which this recipe cannot do without, is the fresh pineapple. Serving a wonderful mix like this, in fresh carved-out pineapple bowls, elevates the whole meal. Everyone gets happy and excited to dig in. You will not be disappointed with this delicious offering to your family and/or guests. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here is lunch or brunch for four people, after doubling the recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Smells and tastes absolutely wonderful ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Beautiful presentation, don't you think? ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
As long as one of the ingredients is fresh pineapple, it seems a shame to waste the colorful outer shell of the pineapple. Four people couldn't stop smacking their lips. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just for comparison, here's the same recipe in a lovely white bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Ingredients

These measured ingredients are for 2 or 3 people. Double the recipe for 4 to 6 people. Remember, you'll need 1 fresh pineapple for every two people.

30 medium shrimp (marinate for 15 to 20 minutes, with some grated or pressed garlic, grated ginger, sesame or olive oil, and salt to taste)

3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 cup (more is optional) of freshly diced pineapple (canned pineapple tends to get mushy)

1 cup of mixed vegetables (use leftover peas, carrots, cut string beans, corn, etc), or fresh or frozen, if you have no leftovers.

1 or 2 eggs

2 cups of leftover cooked rice (I used day old Jasmine rice), Basmati is good also

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon curry

2 pinches chili flakes

Pinch (or more) black pepper

3 anchovy fillets ground or mixed with 6 ground or chopped fresh garlic cloves

1.5 teaspoons honey or 1 teaspoon sugar

2 Tablespoons fish sauce (available at Amazon)

3 Tablespoons toasted cashew nuts or other nuts

2 Tablespoons dried meat floss, or vegan meat floss (buy at Amazon)

2 Tablespoons golden raisins

Here's the one ingredient, ordered from Amazon, that wasn't sent on time. The recipe turned out just fine without it; however, I will be doing the recipe again and will experiment with this last ingredient. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Plan to make this recipe, after you've gotten all the ingredients together. I had trouble getting the meat floss, but made the recipe anyway. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC.

Directions

  1. Be sure you have leftover rice from the day before or older. If not, make your rice the day before. You'll need 2 cups for 2 people.
  2. Do all chopping, grinding, cutting, slicing now.
  3. Cut the pineapple in half, lengthwise and carve out two pineapple bowls. Dice the pineapple into 1/2 inch cubes and measure out 1 cup for this recipe. You can snack on the extra or add more than one cup if you want a sweeter flavor. Try this recipe first with 1 cup of chopped pineapple and see what you think.
  4. Be sure when you buy the shrimp, to ask the fish monger to clean and devein each piece and, of course, remove any tail shell.
  5. Chop the shrimp slightly (or not, if you wish) and marinate the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of grated garlic, 1teaspoon of grated ginger, 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Set it aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Measure out 2/3 cup of vegetable mix
  7. Heat a large skillet or wok to smoking hot then add 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Toss in the shrimp. The pan will be so hot that you only need to cook the shrimp for 20-30 seconds on each side. Turn off the heat. Take the shrimp out and put aside on a plate. Be sure to tilt your pan so you can keep the excess oil.
  8. To the skillet or wok, add the anchovy/garlic paste and stir in with the pan oil. Next add half the cashew. The cashews can be raw or toasted. If you can get them raw, then you have more time to toast them. If your cashew is already toasted, you can just leave it to add at the end. Stir cashews for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
  9. Now add the vegetable mix and the pineapple chunks. Keep stirring until the fruit and veggies are a bit soft. Move contents of the pan to one side, tilt the skillet or wok, let the oil flow to one side.
  10. Add 1 or 2 eggs into the oil. Quickly scramble the eggs then, mix eggs into the rest of the ingredients. Now, remove the contents from the pan, into a bowl and set aside.
  11. Add another Tablespoon of oil to the pan or wok. Cook the rice over high heat for a couple of minutes. Add a big drizzle of fish sauce or you can do soy sauce if you don't have fish sauce. Mix it immediately. Try to get the flavor distribute well before the fish sauce evaporates. Then add turmeric powder, curry and honey or sugar. Mix until the rice becomes a golden color.
  12. Now add all the ingredients back to the wok. Stir to combine well. Add the last 2 ingredients - dried meat floss and the golden raisins. Mix well.
  13. You're ready to divide the contents of the pan and serve in the pineapple bowls. Enjoy !
Making the marinade for the shrimp. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cooking the shrimp quickly, keeping the ingredients of the marinade. When shrimp is done, remove and set aside. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cut each pineapple you, use, in half. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Carve out a portion of each half of the pineapple, to be use in the recipe. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Dice or chop into small pieces, the fresh pineapple. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
The above cashews are raw. You can use either raw or toasted. Chop these nuts a little. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Adding the beautiful mixed veggies to the cashews in the skillet. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Next, adding the chopped fresh pineapple to the skillet. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Cook over medium heat. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Last step, push pan contents to the side and scramble 1 or 2 eggs right there in the same pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
After removing the contents of the skillet to a bowl. Add the precooked, day old rice to the pan over medium heat. Add all spices to the rice and mix well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Add all remaining ingredients to the rice (except for the raisins), and mix in well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Now, add the veggie/egg mixture to the rice. Add the shrimp to the rice. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Your wok or skillet should look glorious, as you see above. Such wonderful aromas. Everyone is salivating. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Finally, add the golden raisins and voila, you're done. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Serve the recipe in a regular bowl and it seems tame by comparison, next to the fun and color of the individual pineapple bowls. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Not much work, but look at the special effects ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
We served this delicious chilled Pouilly-Fuisse with the pineapple shrimp. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

The evening started with finger food, like my recipe for smoked salmon roll-ups. The meal started with a simple refreshing arugula salad with sesame oil, lemon, squeeze of garlic and red grape tomatoes. Then the pineapple shrimp, which was followed by cheese and grapes, followed by some sweets.

Bon Appetit!

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