Thai-Style Pineapple Fried Rice with Beef

Thai-Style Pineapple Fried Rice with Beef

Take your fried rice to the next level with this Thai-Style Pineapple Fried Rice with Beef. It’s super flexible and super delicious. The best part? It comes together in mere minutes.

Thai Style Pineapple Fried Rice with Beef | emilylevenson.com

Every now and then, I stumble across a recipe on Pinterest that is, simply put, amazing.

That’s not to say that I don’t find good recipes. Or things that we enjoy making on a regular basis. But AMAZING is hard to come by. Particularly when you have to avoid a whole lot of ingredients like eggs, tomatoes, peppers, sriracha, and chili sauce.

So when I stumbled across a recipe for Thai Pineapple Fried Rice over at COOKIE + kate, I was more than a tad excited. Her recipe looked amazing, even though it contained a few ingredients that I couldn’t eat. Fortunately, the base was there for me to build upon and tweak.

Which I did.

Happily.

And The Husband? Well, he happily ate it over and over again until I got it just right.

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Balsamic Burgers with a Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic Burgers with a Balsamic Glaze

B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together beautifully in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger. 

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

Burgers and I go WAY back.

They were one of 5 things that I ate as a child, along with french fries, spaghetti, meatloaf, oven fried potatoes, and bologna and pickle roll-ups. (Yeah, I know that last one sounds disgusting. I was teased endlessly for it as a child.)

I even ordered a burger and fries at a 4-star French restaurant, much to my parents horror, because that’s what I wanted. They made me a burger with ground filet mignon and the most incredible pomme frites I’ve ever had in my life. So… I clearly made the right choice.

My parents may have been frustrated by my lack of culinary exploration, but I was happy as a clam.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

My love affair with burgers took a brief hiatus when I (reluctantly) went vegetarian. I tried to replace it with a few dozen veggie burgers, but it just wasn’t the same.

And then.

I HAD TO GIVE UP KETCHUP.

And, well.

Burgers just weren’t the same.

I also had to give up regular french fries, and most sweet potato fries because they were cooked in the same oil with the regular fries. Which made burgers a little less appealing still. But the clincher? Not being able to have a bun. Because the gluten-free options just plain killed any interest I had in burgers, my friends.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

Let’s just say there are SO MANY more options now than there were 6+ years ago. Gluten-free buns are exponentially better and more readily available in restaurants. Aaaaand … I have learned to love a good burger without it being smothered in ketchup.

Afterall, one can smother a burger in lots of other things.

Like hummus.

Or a lip-smacking good balsamic glaze, like this one.

Thank you, balsamic burgers, for restoring my faith in my beloved burgers once again.

Balsamic Burgers | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

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Balsamic Burgers

B is for balsamic, beef, and burgers. Which come together in these deliciously simple (and simply delicious) balsamic burgers. And if beef isn’t your thing, feel free to kick it up a notch and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top of your favorite turkey, chicken, salmon, or veggie burger.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Balsamic Glaze:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar brown, coconut, cane

For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onions
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder or minced fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

Instructions

For the Balsamic Glaze:

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue stirring, occasionally, until sauce has reduced by about half — should take 10-15 minutes.

For the burgers:

  1. Combine all ingredients (ground beef through balsamic vinegar) in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do not overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
  2. Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
  3. For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
  4. For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.
  5. Put on bun (or lettuce wrap, or plate) and drizzle with glaze. Add favorite toppings and devour.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and soy free.

 

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

Never miss out on eating out again with this quick and easy recipe for beef and broccoli. It’s gluten free and nightshade free, and a heck of a lot better than take-out. 

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

There are very few dishes that The Husband and I agree on when it comes to Chinese food. I love anything chicken, he doesn’t. He loves the tofu dishes, I don’t. I’ll do soups, he prefers egg rolls. He’ll do seafood, I won’t.

You get where I’m going with this, right?

The two categories that we will unequivocally agree upon? Veggie-packed noodle dishes or beef and broccoli. We’ve been known to occasionally switch things up and go for beef with scallions, but we have to be feeling really crazy to do that.

There are two morals to this story. One, don’t come to a Chinese restaurant with us if you don’t like noodles or beef. And two, it’s a really good thing I started liking broccoli, or we wouldn’t be able to share anything. 😂

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

But, sadly, our eating out days have been put on hold because eating out with food sensitivities is H A R D.

I’ve had to refine my stir frying skills and get better at making sauces that keep us all going back for more, all while avoiding the ingredients that make me feel like poop. Thankfully, I’ve found a few go-to recipes that make missing out on eating out minimal.

Oh, and P.S., I knew I found a winner with this beef with broccoli when The Babe shouted, I LOVE BEEF after her first bite.

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

But don’t take my word for it.

Take yours.

Whip up a batch of beef and broccoli tonight and get ready to win at dinner. Your mouth, your belly, and everyone at your dinner table with thank you. They may even shout I LOVE BEEF, too.

Beef and Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free

Beef with Broccoli | gluten free, nightshade free, dairy free
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Beef and Broccoli

Never miss out on eating out again with this quick and easy recipe for beef and broccoli. It's gluten free and nightshade free, and a heck of a lot better than take-out.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs flank steak
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce if not avoiding gluten
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tsp mirin or rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tbs corn starch or arrowroot powder + 1 tsp water

Instructions

  1. Slice flank steak with the grain into long thin strips and then slice as thinly as possible against the grain.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine tamari, garlic, ginger, and mirin. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok with 1 tbs oil over high heat.
  4. Add in 1/3 of the beef and brown, approximately 30 seconds per side, and transfer to a bowl. Continue browning beef (adding additional oil if necessary) until all beef has been cooked and set aside.
  5. Add remaining 1 tbs into wok and let heat again.
  6. Add in broccoli and cook, stirring, until broccoli is bright green and crisp tender. Should take about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Return beef to wok and add in sauce. Pour in corn starch and stir until sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice (or cauliflower rice, quinoa, or as is)!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, and egg free. It can also be made corn free by using arrowroot powder.
 

Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

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When it comes to burgers, The Hubster and I tend to be pretty simple.

We like a basic burger, seasoned with a little garlic, salt and pepper. Cook it up, throw it on a bun with some lettuce and pickles and we’re good to go. Some weeks, we get fancy and sauté some onions. Most weeks we can’t be bothered.

But every now and then, it’s fun to play around with the old standby.

And that’s exactly what we did this week with these Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.

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Sriracha Burgers

Sriracha Burgers

Sriracha Burgers » Emily Levenson

The very first time I bought sriracha, I had to return it.

One week after purchasing it, I was diagnosed with a nightshade sensitivity, ruling out all things made with chili peppers. To say I was bummed would be an understatement. But I suppose I didn’t really know what I was missing when it came to the sriracha.

Fast forward 6 years, and sriracha finally made another appearance on our shopping list.

Only this time, I didn’t have to return it.

Sriracha Burgers » Emily Levenson

Which is pretty darn fantastic, because I’m kind of obsessed with it now.

I add a little squirt into ketchup for a little kick. I add a dot into stir-fries and fried rices. But my absolute favorite way to use it? When making hamburgers.

They’ve pretty much taken over my life. And it’s the only way I want to eat hamburgers now. The Hubster too. The last time we had these, he said “I’m not sure where you got the idea for these, but I am so thankful that these have come into my life. They are damn good burgers.”

I kid you not.

Sriracha Burgers » Emily Levenson

If beef isn’t your thing, I’m pretty sure that you could add a tablespoon or two of sriracha to your favorite veggie burger recipe and it would be killer.

Sriracha Burgers » Emily Levenson
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Sriracha Burgers

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1-2 tbs sriracha sauce depending on spice preference
  • 1 tbs minced onions dried
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix (with hands) until combined.
  2. Form into patties (we typically make 3-4 depending on how hungry we are.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  4. Place burgers in pan and cook for 5-6 minutes or until browned, flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes (or until desired doneness).
  5. Serve on a bun of your choice (wheat, gluten-free, lettuce) with your favorite toppings.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, egg free.