Pineapple Rice (optional meatless)

Does adding pineapple always make a recipe Hawaiian?  Here’s one that isn’t necessarily Hawaiian, and combines pineapple sweetness with lime to taste like a cool ocean breeze on the beaches of Maui, or another tropical paradise!  And it’s easy enough to make anytime!

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked rice, rinsed (long or medium grain preferred, but glutinous rice lovers can use that too!)
½ cup pineapple juice (drained from a 20 oz can of pineapple in juice is fine)
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ to ½ tsp chili pepper flakes (leave out for less spice)
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained and at room temperature or warmer (a 20 oz can has about 2 cups)
1/8 cup finely chopped cilantro (substitute some chives or green onions/scallions if you like)
½ lime
½ Tbsp butter (or olive oil)
Additional chili pepper flakes as garnish
For non-vegetarian version, 2-4 oz deli ham (or thin slices of lightly pan fried luncheon meat or sliced bologna)

Mi Aroma Rice Cooker (2 servings using above ingredients)
or
Aroma Professional Rice Cooker (4 – 6 servings using double or triple the above ingredients)

About 10 min prep time, about 25 min rice cooker time, and about 5 min or less final assembly time.

Directions
Add rinsed rice to inner pot of Mi Aroma Rice Cooker with pineapple juice.  Add additional water to the “1” mark on the side of the inner pot followed by sugar, salt and ¼ to ½ tsp chili pepper flakes.  Cover securely and select “white rice” setting.

Finely chop or cut cilantro (and chop deli ham into small pieces for non-vegetarian version).

When rice cooking is complete, carefully open the cover (be careful of hot steam) and transfer rice to large bowl.  Add crushed pineapple, cilantro, deli ham, and butter to rice and start fluffing together in bowl, pausing part way to add lime juice.

Complete fluffing and add additional chili pepper flakes (and/or cilantro/chives/scallions) as garnish.

Over To You
What’s your version of flavored rice?  Share and inspire us.

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