Quick, easy, and protein packed Pineapple Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice ! A sweet and mildly spicy paleo cauliflower fried rice dish made in under 15 minutes! It’s healthy, lower in carbs than regular fried rice, and SUPER EASY! You’ll want to make this dish over and over again. Simple and delicious.
Oh hey! It’s Friday and I really can’t believe we’re in June! Did I mention that already? Well, you know that’s a ritual when you become an adult. You talk about how fast time goes by and then oooooooh and ahhhhhh that there’s a new month. Speaking of time. I have a quick (like UBER quick) paleo fried cauliflower rice recipe that’s just as fast to make as the months that fly by when you are an adult. Haha. Is that even a realistic comparison? Oh yes, let’s go with it. mmmm?
No really. This quick paleo cauliflower fried rice recipe is my JAM!! It’s my go to for a busy week. I mean, let’s face it, man cannot live on coffee and breakfast cookies alone. Women, on the other hand, can. But men (aka meat loving husbands), will last one day and then the carnivore cravings set in. Am I right or am I right?
So here’s the deal. Cauliflower fried rice, in itself, is great because it’s full of fiber and protein. But I will admit, I feel like it needs more flavor, nutrients, and and extra protein “pump” if you want to make it a main meal.
The extra flavor being the sliced pineapple. Yep, tangy, sweet, and full of Vitamin C!
And the extra protein pump being the bison jerky (or any smokey or spicy paleo jerky).
Did you see what I just did there?I bypassed any EXTRA cooking but still added extra ingredient.
Two words —-> LIFE CHANGER!
Eggs, cauliflower rice, frozen veggies, fresh pineapple, and a handful of chopped chili spiced jerky all “fried” up in less than 15 minutes. Hallelujah! That’s how you end the week. WINNING in the kitchen without even sweating. Okay I might have sweated a tad. I mean, it is Texas …. Hot is an understatement.
But I digress. Okay, where was I?
Oh but the jerky. Yes, I used paleo green chili Bison jerky. You see, not all jerky is created equal. And in fact, you can find wheat or gluten ingredients (i.e soy sauce) in a few brands if you’re not careful.
The brand I used (and adore) in this recipe is Kiva Sun. They actually make other Bison products like ground bison, burgers, etc., but I love their quick and all natural green chili bison jerky. It’s nitrate free, gluten free, low in fat, high in protein, hormone free, MSG free, and SUPER delicious! And no they did not pay me to say that. Haha. If anyone knows me, they know I love jerky! If you follow me on snapchat, you know that’s my snack of choice. So logically, why not throw it into a meal, finely chopped, like minced or shredded beef.
And Guess what?
It TOTALLY WORKS! Which is why I called this Quick Pineapple Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chili rubbed Jerky a LIFE changer. That being said, you can totally opt out of the jerky version and make it all vegetarian. The pineapple with the spices and gluten free Tamari really make this dish. I could eat buckets of it.
And when I say quick I MEAN QUICKY QUICK. Wink Wink.
Nutrition with the EXTRA PROTEIN.
*Healthy Notes: to reduce sodium, use lower sodium tamari or GF soy sauce and Jerky with natural sea salt.
Some of our favorite Gluten Free Asian Food Staples
This dish has definitely become our go-to meal for busy week night, a movie night, or even a healthy post workout recovery meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner). All balanced in carbs, healthy fats, and protein. The Pineapple has Bromelain, which is a proteolytic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins). It is often used as a digestive aid and is used for preventing muscle soreness after intense exercise.
Perfect for this protein packed dish, yes? That way you can really absorb all those veggies and nutrients and recover 100%!
I’m getting quite good at those One pot recovery meals, aren’t I? It’s the sherpa wife skills kickin in!
Okay ya’ll. Let’s dig in already, mmm k? I think Friday movie night in with homemade Chinese takeout is gonna happen.
Have you made cauliflower fried rice yet? Would you add in jerky here? Be honest! Haha.
If you are wondering if cooked peas are paleo, that’s still a debate. I say yes. Hint —> Lower phytate content and easier on digestion = WINNING!