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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice

Hey Instant Pot lovers!  This one is for you.
Join me today as I make fried rice, Hawaiian-style, it will surely be a dish 
you'll be making again and again.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

I have always had issues cooking rice.

It would either be too mushy or too hard and crunchy.  I could never get it right, no matter how hard I tried.  I would follow directions to a T and still mess it up.

Rice always failed me.  Or I failed it.

That was until Lisa at This Pilgrim Life shared how she made rice in the Instant Pot and it worked each and every time.  I gave it one last go....and low and behold, it worked!  It is now the ONLY way I make it.

Do you have an Instant Pot?  I sure hope so, as this recipe is for all of you.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

The Iowa Egg Council and I have joined forces again in 2020 {eeeek!} and this first recipe is a showstopper.

It's no secret I love eggs.  Love cooking with eggs, love eating eggs.  We are a big egg family!  Whether at breakfast or in dishes like this fried rice they are a major staple in our diet.  I love how eggs can be both filling and delicious.  We all know some foods are good for us and fill us up, but they aren't always the ones we are craving - except for eggs - I crave eggs.

Just look at the nutritional value of an egg.  Eating an egg is like taking a multivitamin pill.  It has 13 vitamins and minerals, 6 grams of protein, an array of antioxidents, all for just 70 calories.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

Living here in Iowa, we are a BIG egg state.  Did you know that?  One in six eggs comes from Iowa.  It seems only fitting to include them into our daily lives.

If you are vowing to live a healthier 2020 {aren't we all?}, eggs are a great place to start.  Five easy ways to incorporate them into your or your kids daily routine are 1) prep egg dishes ahead for easy breakfasts 2) use high protein eggs to help you stick to healthy eating habits 3) after exercise, refuel with an egg 4) keep egg dishes on hand for healthy snacks and 5) meal plan with eggs - include them for dinner!

See?  Not that hard.

And....this recipe for my Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice is a great place to start!

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

My family absolutely loves any Chinese, Asian or Korean dish.

If I announce it for dinner there isn't one child who is complaining {let's face it Moms, that is almost a miracle}.

I love that this new take on fried rice is full of veggies, healthy fats and eggs.  The triple trifecta.  I have served this alone as a full meal and as a side dish to go along with stir-fry.  It's great because it can be filling on it's own or it can accompany a heartier meat dish.

Plus there are some healthy swaps.  Instead of butter I used avocado oil.  Instead of regular ham, I used a leaner Canadian Bacon.  Instead of soy sauce I used it's healthier friend coconut aminos.  

These simple swaps keep your mind at ease at the start of this new decade.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

Like I said before - making rice in the Instant Pot - is a game changer.  You simply combine the rice and water in a glass bowl, set it on the trivet in the Instant Pot, manually set it to 10 minutes and walk away.

That's it!

I've made it this way, 5 times counting, and it's worked EVERY SINGLE TIME.  Coming from this gal who butchered it on the stove-top every single time, it's made me super happy.

Another aspect of the Instant Pot that I love is the "saute" function.  Have you used that button yet?  It allows you to saute any meat or vegetable either before your pressure cook it or in this case of the fried rice to just combine all the goods together.

All the veggies and unique ingredients in this dish - onions, carrots, peppers, peas, Canadian Bacon, pineapple - the list goes on and on cook up quick and easy with that saute function.  

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

Just last night I made this AGAIN and popped some frozen egg rolls into the oven to go along side.  Everyone was thrilled.  Plus it allowed for some easy leftovers in school lunches today.  It reheats really well and is just as tasty.

Do you think you'll try this dish?  It's a bit salty and yet a bit sweet.  Just the perfect combination in my opinion.

I personally love a dish that comes together in under 30 minutes and gives me peace of mind knowing I'm eating fairly healthy.

Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice #instantpot #iowaegg #ad

I'd love to hear your feedback on my special Instant Pot Hawaiian Fried Rice!  Shoot me an email or blog comment.  I hope you love it just as much as we have.

A big, beautiful thank you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring this post.

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