A friend with a toddler who is allergic to nuts and seafood posted a question to our mommy group for lunch ideas other than the usual mac-n-cheese, spaghetti and sauce standbys which got me thinking about what I would make…
I thought and thought about this and then thought some more and came up with a rainbow pineapple fried rice recipe that combines in-season summer vegetables. Developing palates will enjoy the medley of textures and flavors of the corn, peas, carrots and eggs, and digit-friendly self-feeding is crucial among the toddler demographic. I also like that I can make this recipe all year round by swapping in squash and other root vegetables or with frozen organic veggies, cutting down on the prep time which means more time to spend with your favorite munchkin(s).
My 23-and-a-half-month toddler is currently in love with the Muppet’s Rainbow Connection. Every night we sing songs before bed and he always asks for this song, “Mommy sing Rainbow.” He sings along as best he can and then drifts off to find his rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me…
Pineapple Rainbow Rice Recipe
4 cups cooked white Jasmine Rice (2 cups uncooked)
2 Tablespoons soy sauce (or fish sauce if your wee one is not allergic to seafood)
2 Carrots, diced
2 ears of corn, shucked and kernels cut from cobs
6 oz (1/2 lb) Fresh English Peas
6 oz (1/2 lb) diced Pineapple
3 Scallions, washed, and diced, separated
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 Eggs, beaten, make into an omelet and dice
Salt and Freshly ground Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons, plus more as needed Vegetable Oil (such as Grapeseed Oil)
1. Add oil to a large skillet set on medium-high heat. Once the oil ripples, add scallions and garlic, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes. Do not let the garlic and scallions brown.
2. Add the diced carrots and pineapple and cook for 3-4 minutes until carrots are slightly tender. Add rice and season with soy sauce (or fish sauce), salt and pepper. Add more vegetable oil if rice mixture looks too dry and if you want to create some brown, crispy pieces.
3. Stir in peas and corn to the fried rice and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes. Then add the diced omelet. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste.
4. Sprinkle fresh scallions on top, optional.