Biryani with Pineapple & Bacon Chicken Sausage

Every time my hubby and I go to Trader Joe’s, we pick up something new to try. Our latest product testing session led us to Briyani, which has rice, onions, peas, red pepper, apples, raisins, and spices.biryaniricedish

It is slightly spicy, curry-y and fat free. The delightful little peas retain their bite when the Biryani is cooked on a stovetop. I decided to pair the rice dish with slices of smoked chicken sausage and added an onion, garlic, Sri Racha, and a steamer package of broccoli and cauliflower florets for more flavor and texture.  Some cilantro sprinkled on just before serving adds some extra freshness.  Grab a mint when you’re done, though!

I made this as a quick weeknight meal in one pan. It is so simple to make, I can lay it all out in one paragraph:

In a large pan, place cauliflower and broccoli florets and add 1/4 c water, then cover to steam for a few minutes until fork-tender. Add half of a chopped onion and cook until almost transluscent. Add a teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 tbsp Sri Racha and toss in the sliced sausage, stirring occasionally until heated through. Add the bag of Biryani. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.  Serves 4.

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Piña Para la Niña a.k.a. I’m a Fruit Ninja a.k.a. How to cut a pineapple

When my husband and I were in Kauai on our honeymoon almost 10 years ago, we went to a luau that had a buffet.  I noticed he started loading a particular item on his plate very heavily.  I asked him why he was stacking slices of butter so eagerly.  He pointed at the sign indicating it was grilled pineapple.  I told him it was mislabeled and was actually sliced butter, but he doubted me and continued at it.  Then we sat down and I couldn’t stop laughing when he took a big mouthful.

I love me some pineapple, especially freshly cut.

You can tell your pineapple is ripe by the color and scent. If the peel is mostly orangey-yellow and smells fragrant, it’s gonna be sweet.

Cut off the ends, like we did for the watermelon.

Carefully slice off the peel, turning the pineapple a little each time.

Slice around the core.

Always make cooking fun.

Viola!