VEGAN: Vegetable Beet Fried Rice
A vibrant pink colored friend rice that is full of flavors!
Most of the time, I find it difficult to feed my kids beet. But with recipes like this, life has been so much easier. And guess what? They even request I make it if I don’t have it in my menu.
The beet, gives the dish a natural sweetness that is very healthy and very appetizing. The best part is that it works well with white or even brown rice. You can even try quinoa with it or millet to give it a bit of twist.
It’s a complete gluten-free, refined sugar-free vegan dish that all your friends (both vegan and non-vegan) will definitely enjoy eating.
Check out the recipe below.
Vegetable Beet Fried Rice
For the beets and aromatics
1 and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
340 g beets peeled and finely diced (2 medium-sized beets)
1 inch ginger peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
For the stir-fry
1 crown broccoli cut into florets
1 bell pepper cut into strips
1 onion (any color) sliced
1/2 small head purple cabbage chopped
3 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup diced pineapple
For the sauce mixture
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
Heat the coconut oil in a large, wide pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced beets and stir well. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until beets are starting to soften. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, and black pepper, and stir. Immediately add the Thai red curry paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 2-3 more minutes or until fragrant.
Next add your vegetables to the pan and stir well; continue to cook while stirring frequently until the vegetables have turned bright in color and are crisp-tender. Add the cooked rice and diced pineapple and stir to combine. Finally, add the sauce to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until hot throughout.
Served warm, garnished with chopped scallions, toasted cashews, and other accompaniments as desired.
MIX AND MATCH VEGGIES: Instead of the broccoli, bell pepper, onion and/or cabbage, feel free to mix and match other veggies of choice. Some others that I have tried and enjoyed with this dish include sliced cherry tomatoes; cauliflower (takes a little bit longer to cook); snap peas; and kohlrabi.
FRESH GARLIC SUBSTITUTE: Feel free to substitute 1/4 tsp garlic powder for the fresh garlic. I recommend using fresh ginger if you can get your hands on it, though. It makes a difference!
SEPARATE COOKING: If the presentation of the dish is important to you and you’d like to keep the vegetables to their own beautiful colors, you’ll want to get two separate stir-fries going. Reserve 1/2 tbsp of the coconut oil and about 1/3 of the sauce to stir-fry just the veggies in their own pan. After cooking and saucing both pans, you can then stir everything together and the vegetables will be relatively “unharmed” by the stir-fried beets.
A very huge thank you to yupitsvegan.com for this delicious recipe.