kale and asparagus pineapple fried rice with maple glazed tofu

This recipe was thrown together on a whim, but I have to admit it came out quite nice!  Sometimes the best recipes are the ones that require no thought!

 I love fried rice, but don’t love all the oil and starchy white rice.  I’m calling this “fried rice,” but it’s more of a veggie stir fry with a hint of brown rice as the vegetables and tofu make up the bulk of the meal.  For dinner, it’s best to keep grains and starches to a minimum as you won’t be burning off the extra energy late in the evening.

kale & asparagus pineapple fried rice with maple glazed tofu ~vegan, gluten free~

Kale & Asparagus Pineapple Fried Rice with Maple Glazed Tofu

(makes 4 servings)

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into inch pieces

1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped

1 large carrot, shredded

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1.5 – 2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup pineapple, cut into chunks

3 scallions, chopped

For the sauce:

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup toasted sesame seed oil

1/4 cup bragg’s amino acids or tamari

(you can use soy sauce however, then the recipe will no longer be gluten free)

For the tofu:

1 block extra-firm tofu (non-GMO/organic), drained and cubed

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

kale & asparagus pineapple fried rice with maple glazed tofu ~vegan, gluten free~

-Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.

-In a large skillet or stir fry pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat, add minced garlic and cook 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.

-Add asparagus, kale and shredded carrot.  Cook over medium heat until asparagus are tender, stirring occasionally.

-Add cooked brown rice to the asparagus/kale mixture, add sauce and cook until rice is heated through, remove from heat.

-Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat and add tofu.  Drizzle with maple syrup and cook on each side until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

 -In a large bowl, combine rice and vegetables, pineapple and tofu.

-Top with chopped scallion and enjoy!

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