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! Happy almost weekend. Today 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. Ha! Is that even a realistic comparison? Oh yes, let’s go with it. mmmm?
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.Print
Quick Pineapple Paleo Fried Cauliflower Rice
- 3 cups cauliflower rice (about a small head of cauliflower). See notes for how to make this.
- 2 eggs, beaten (plus oil or spray for cooking)
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 2/3 cup diced green onion (white and green portion, divided)
- 12 ounces bag frozen peas and carrots mix (best thawed or partially cooked)
- 3 tbsp tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
- 1/2 cup pineapple (diced) – reserve 1 tbsp pineapple juice if you have any.
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Optional Protein – 3 oz gluten free precooked sausage or dried meat (beef, turkey, or pork).
- First make the cauliflower rice. Chop into sections with knife first then pulse in food processor or blender a few times until “riced” texture forms. pulse for 1 or 2 seconds each time.
- If you are using a precooked meat/protein, go ahead and chop that into smaller pieces.
- In a small bowl, beat your eggs and set aside.
Heat a large saute pan or wok over medium heat and spray with oil. Add the eggs and cook, turning a few times until set; Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
- Next add the sesame oil, garlic, and 1/4 cup white portion of green onion to the pan. Saute until fragrant. About 1 -2 minutes.
- Place pan on medium high and add the cauliflower rice, peas/carrots, and stir fry for a 2-3 minutes until coated.
- Mix in your tamari sauce, pineapple (and juice), and meat (if using), cover and cook approximately 3 to 5 minutes, stirring, until the cauliflower is slightly tender on the inside.
Add the egg then remove from heat and mix in remaining green onions.
- If there is any sauce left in the skillet or wok, then pour that on top of your bowl before serving.
- Top with crushed red pepper and salt/pepper to taste.
To make Cauliflower Rice chop your cauliflower head in half and cut off stems. Place half in a food processor or blender and pulse until it’s “riced.” Then do the other half. See this post for how to rice veggies
Paleo option – use coconut aminos in place of tamari
- Category: dinner
- Method: stir fry
- Cuisine: asian
- Calories: 320
- Sugar: 10
- Sodium: 400 mg
- Fat: 15 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 15 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 16 g
Keywords: cauliflower rice, stir fry, fried rice, healthy, grain free, dairy free, asian
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!