Pineapple Cauliflower Rice
This fun twist on a low carb fried rice is made with cauliflower! It packs a punch of sweetness thanks to pineapple, includes the crunch of a few veggies, and delivers all the deliciousness of bacon. You’ll love this tasty side!
Are you a fan of cauliflower rice yet? It’s such a creative way to eat your veggies! On its own cauliflower has such a mild taste so it really takes on whatever flavors you mix with it. That’s why it’s perfect for a “fried rice”. If you want a more classic version try my Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice or my Mexican Fried Cauliflower Rice. Those two are designed to be entrees. This Pineapple Cauliflower Rice is a yummy side that mixes both sweet and savory. It pairs beautifully with chicken, beef, or pork.
While it gives those fried rice vibes, this dish is actually mostly vegetables! Cauliflower, green beans, and green onion make up the bulk of this side.
Coconut aminos gives us that soy flavor. It really does taste remarkably like soy sauce but it’s actually free of soy and instead it’s made from coconut tree sap. The one I buy has 73% less sodium than soy sauce. That’s a might big difference.
And then of course we also have pineapple and bacon to really amp everything up.
The beauty of this dish (aside from the flavor) is that it all cooks on a sheet pan together. Everything goes right on the sheet pan except for the green onion. You’ll stir that in at the very end.
I bet you’re going to fall in love with this healthy side dish. A big bowl of vegetables has never tasted so good!
For this recipe you’ll need (full list of ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below):
- Cauliflower rice
- Diced pineapple
- Turkey bacon
- Green beans
- Coconut aminos
- Green onion
Can you use frozen cauliflower rice?
While I love frozen cauliflower rice for lots of dishes, it’s not a great option here. It releases too much water in your baking sheet as it cooks. Stick to the bags of riced cauliflower you’ll find in the produce section of the grocery store or rice your own.
How to rice your own cauliflower
When I first had cauliflower rice you couldn’t find bags of riced cauliflower in the grocery store. Everybody had to rice their own. How awesome is it that riced cauliflower is readily available now? You know I love a good time saver! You can still rice your own or use the bags. Whatever you prefer.
To rice your own cauliflower simply take a fresh head of cauliflower, remove the leaves, and remove some of the excess stems. Cut your cauliflower into short stems (much like broccoli). Toss these florets in a high powered blender. (I swear by my Vitamix.) Blend until cauliflower has a rice like texture. To me they look like tiny balls more than rice if that makes sense. That’s it! Now you’re ready to make Pineapple Cauliflower Rice!
Can you use pork bacon instead of turkey?
You can. Just be sure to chop it small before adding it to the sheet pan so that it cooks evenly.
Does the bacon in this dish get crispy?
It doesn’t get crispy since it’s being cooked with lots of other ingredients; however, it does still give us all the bacon flavor we want. For crispy bacon, feel free to cook it separately in a skillet and then incorporate it into your finished dish along with the green onion.
How to quickly make this side an entree
Want to use this side dish as an entree? I recommend purchasing a fully cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken. Shred or chop the meat (you’ll get about 2 cups) and stir it into your finished dish. Voila! Now you have a light entree without much extra effort!
Pineapple Cauliflower Rice
- 3 cups cauliflower rice, uncooked
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 3 strips turkey bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh green beans, chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spread all ingredients except the green onions in an even layer on the baking sheet. My pineapple is diced small and I even dice the green beans into thirds or fourths. The bacon I prefer here is turkey and I also chop it small. (If you want crispy bacon you can cook it separately and combine at the end. I bake mine with everything else because I love how it infuses everything with flavor.)
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Stir everything and spread it out again.
- Bake for additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. Feel free to add more salt, pepper, and coconut aminos if you prefer a stronger taste. Stir in a little chopped green onion for crunch.