Pineapple Cashew Quinoa ‘Fried Rice’

pineapple cashew quinoa fried rice

Hello friends!! Sunday I shared with you some of my favorite fresh spring salad recipes. Yesterday it was this bonkers amazing funfetti Golden Oreo Ice Cream and today we have pineapple cashew quinoa fried rice! Do you see a trend? I eat real food AND indulge in sweets 🙂 The warmer weather is inspiring me to get more creative and healthier with my dishes and I am thinking I should start sharing with you some of my yummy savory recipes. What do you think?

pineapple cashew quinoa fried rice


It’s time for another edition of Mystery Dish! I was inspired to create a healthier version of my favorite all time fried rice recipe when I saw this month’s ingredients. Our lovely host Jen over at Yummy Healthy Easy, picked the ingredients this month and I think she gave us a well-rounded list that got my wheels spinning as soon as I saw it.

The ingredients were garbanzo beans, eggs, flaxseed, cilantro, potatoes (any variety), bread, quinoa, lime, popcorn, dark chocolate, ground turkey and asparagus. 

pineapple cashew quinoa fried rice

Using three of the ingredients, this quinoa ‘fried rice’ is packed with nutrients and flavor. It’s full of vegetables, pineapple chunks and crunchy cashews! Starting from the crispy lime coconut quinoa, to the flavorful tender vegetables, this is the perfect weeknight dinner.

Pineapple Cashew Quinoa 'Fried Rice'
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Recipe type: Main Dishes, Healthy
Yield: 2-4
Coconut Lime Quinoa
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cup low sodium chicken stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 lime, juiced and zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
“Fried Rice”
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloved, minced
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups cubed pineapple
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 green onions
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the quinoa and chicken stock. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover pot. Cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir in the coconut oil, juice and zest of lime, salt and pepper. Let quinoa cool completely before using. You can do this ahead of time or the day before.
  2. In a large wok, heat one tablespoon coconut oil over medium heat. Add in onions and peppers and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add in garlic and ginger and cook for additional minute stirring. Transfer veggies to a bowl. Increase heat a little. In the same wok, add another tablespoon of coconut oil. Add pineapples and cook stirring occasionally until golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add pineapples to bowl of veggies.
  3. Add ½ tablespoon of coconut oil to wok and cook egg stirring to break apart. Cook for a minute and transfer eggs to a separate small bowl.
  4. With heat on high, add the remaining 2 ½ tablespoon coconut oil to wok and add in the cooled quinoa. Stir to coat quinoa in oil and let sit for about 1-2 minutes to crisp. Stir to break up clumps. Reduce heat once quinoa is crispy and golden. Stir in soy sauce. Add the veggies and pineapple and stir. Stir in eggs, green onions cilantro and cashews. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Inspired by How Sweet it Is

pineapple cashew quinoa fried rice

Here is a list of the creative recipes members of the group made this month! Be sure to click over to each.


1. Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake by Culinary Couture
2. Pineapple Cashew Quinoa “Fried Rice” by Blahnik Baker
3. Chili Lime Popcorn by The Pajama Chef
4. Cilantro Lime Hummus by The Weary Chef
5. Gluten Free White Bean Brownies by Yummy Healthy Easy
6. Homemade Popcorn with Cilantro Lime Butter by The Well Floured Kitchen
7. Tex-Mex Chickpea Salad by Joyful Healthy Eats
8. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus and Tomato by Chez Catey Lou
9. Key Lime Pie Popcorn by I Dig Pinterest
10. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole by I Want Crazy
11. Frozen Pineapple Cilantro Mojito by Baking a Moment
12. Pretzel Caramel Crunch by The Dessert Chronicles


Other Mystery Dish Recipes

Honey Lime Coconut Oatmeal Cookies– March Mystery Dish

Honey Lime Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Pina Colada Cheesecake– February Mystery Dish


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  1. says

    I love your healthy dishes, Zainab! I just want to dig into this big bowl of quinoa “fried rice”, which was an excellent idea. 🙂 Pinning!

  2. says

    I vote yes to a few (just a few!) more savoury recipes. Just a few because I suspect you will always be mostly a sweet girl at heart. 😉
    And … love the idea of this quinoa fried ‘rice’. Yours has so many beautiful flavours going on in there!

  3. says

    I am TOTALLY making this!!! I am a quinoa freak and this looks amazing. I love that you made a savory dish this time. Your pictures are always so beautiful, too. Pinned!! Thanks for another awesome Mystery Dish!

  4. says

    YAY you used lots of coconut oil 😀 Totally digging this dish! Love the flavors you used, and the way it was prepared. Regular fried rice has very little nutritional value to it. This one is filled with bright fruits and veggies, plus healthy fats….and quinoa has lots more going on for nutrition. Pinned for later, thank you Zainab!!

  5. says

    Love love love this fried rice quinoa – it looks amazing! Pineapple fried rice is Mr. Hubs favorite fried rice and I absolutely love your healthier twist on this – pure genius girl! Hopefully his favorite dish will get him to like quinoa more than he does and I seriously can’t wait to try this – pinning 🙂

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Kelly! I hope you make this for your Hubs. I’m sure he will love it. Mine enjoyed it very much even though he does not like quinoa.

  6. Dani says

    DEFINITELY throwing this into the mix on our menu!! I get so tired of rice all the time, but quinoa we don’t eat enough of because we never know what to do with it. Love love love this idea!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Dani!! It is hard to get creative with quinoa and why I love Mystery dish 🙂 Hope you get to try this soon!!

  7. says

    As soon as I saw this picture I knew I wanted the recipe. This is my kinda food Zainab! The recipe sounds killer, love the pineapple addition, and you used the mystery ingredients this month so well! Pinned this and totally on my list to try! YUM!

  8. says

    Whoa, that coconut lime quinoa sounds incredible! You are putting Chipotle to shame (I can’t believe I just said that, but it is true!) Delicious and gorgeous recipe Zainab!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Beth! I always panic when I see the ingredients for the month but this time I was excited.

  9. says

    Eating real food AND indulging in sweets just might be my life mantra! I could not agree more. I really enjoy quinoa and I love fried rice but rarely make/eat it for the obvious reasons. I do use brown rice if I make it and I’d love to try it with quinoa. Thanks for the great idea and recipe.

  10. says

    You never ever cease to make me hungry. I don’t understand. I guess we just have the same palette, because every single thing you post has me drooling.

    This looks so delicious! All of that pineapple and cilantro and cashews! Heaven!

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