I think one of the things I hear from other people often is that they feel like their meals are repetitive, and that they are bored of eating the same old thing. We can all get into food ruts, especially when we get busy with other areas of life. For me, one of the things that helps to keep things feeling fresh and different are putting new twists on normal sides. This is where Pineapple Coconut Rice was born.
We are big rice eaters – it’s versatile, cheap, and relatively quick to prepare. I am a firm believer in the benefit of a rice cooker, and use this to prepare most of the rice we eat and for this recipe. Rice cookers are fairly inexpensive, and pay for themselves if you use it frequently. The best part is that once you get it down, your rice comes out perfectly every time (and it stays nice and warm until you are ready to eat it).
I love this rice. It goes perfectly with grilled fish or chicken, shrimp, even honey bbq chicken tenders – Hey, we all have those nights when you don’t feel like cooking and you reach in the freezer, and honey bbq chicken tenders are one of my freezer staples. It dresses up the average white rice – but is SO EASY, it is barely a recipe.
I prepare the rice in my rice cooker as follows: 1 cup long grain rice, 1 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup pineapple juice (from the can of pineapple tidbits). If you don’t have a rice cooker, that’s okay! Just use the coconut milk and pineapple juice in your stovetop preparation.
Once the rice is cooked, add in your pineapple, coconut, and slivered almonds.
Stir everything together and it’s ready to eat! I sometimes add a little extra pineapple to mine because I love it, but that’s entirely up to you. Also, rice pudding made from this is AMAZING!
- 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4-1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp slivered almonds
- Combine rice, coconut milk, water, and pineapple juice and cook in a rice cooker (or follow instructions for stove top preparation).
- Once rice is cooked, stir in pineapple, coconut, and almonds.