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Faux Fried Rice: Making Cauliflower Cool Again

Once upon time (actually not long ago)…

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Growing up I was quite the picky eater, and if we’re being totally honest, I still am. Picky to the point of, I eat pineapple but hate pineapple juice, I don’t eat certain colored foods, and here lately I’m refusing to eat any four-legged animals. Its weird I know! To add to the foolishness, I have embarked on a wellness journey of losing some necessary weight and getting back in shape. To accomplish this, I’m following the Whole30 plan, and let me tell you, it’s no joke!

  • The good: I’m learning how to cook most unique things
  • The bad: No processed foods (bye bye weekend Cheez-Its binge)
  • The ugly: No gummi bears for thirty whole days. Shoot me now!

As a result of all those restrictions and my love-hate relationship with food, I had to force myself to step outside the weirdo box and try new things. Also, Whole30 requires that I learn to use and eat vegetables in ways I never thought possible. Recently a friend of mine introduced me to (Cauliflower) fried rice and it wasn’t half bad; actually it’s just as good as, if not better than the real thing.

 Faux Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp ghee (I like Trader Joes brand but any brand will do)
  • Veggies: handful each of diced onion, shallots, chives, carrots, garlic (feel free to get fancy with yours by adding peas, mushrooms, bean sprouts, etc.)
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 head of (organic) cauliflower
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (may use beef or chicken if you’re into land animals)
  • 1 tbsp of Savory Fines Herbs and Trader Joes garlic salt
  • 2 whisked eggs

To make cauliflower a more rice-like texture, you’ll need to grind it up. I’ve heard the easiest way to do this is to use a food processor. However if you’re like me and don’t own those “rich people” type of appliances, you can use a grater or blender.

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Sautee all the vegetables until the onions are a lucent.

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The method for cooking cauliflower rice is similar to regular rice. All you need to do is add grated cauliflower, ginger, broth/stock, and seasoning to the frying pan or wok with already sautéing vegetables. To incorporate the eggs, pour them into the center of the hot pan. As they begin to scramble, begin mixing them in with the rest of the ingredients.

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Lastly add in pre-cooked meat that you’ve selected. I’ve chosen shrimp and langostino tails but chicken, beef, or even pork would work well.

Don’t skimp on the servings because remember its cauliflower, you can eat enormous amounts and not feel guilty because lets face it, nobody ever got fat from excessive amounts of cauliflower.

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Change Is Good: Media, Messaging & Global Village

For those of my subscribers that don’t know me personally, I am a Master Degree candidate at Marist College. It took me 13 years post undergrad to finally take the plunge to apply for and begin this program. Why, you ask? It’s the change thing… I hear it’s a good idea, but for the longest time, I wasn’t totally convinced.

The reason I bring up change and grad school is because for the next eight weeks, the concept of Eat, Love, Paleo is going to change. The eighth class in the Masters Degree series is Social Media Strategies and Tactics. This class will change some of the topics and dialogue of this blog. We don’t mind though, because after all, change is good right?

For my first non-food blog post, I want to talk a little about Canadian philosopher and Professor Marshall McLuhan. In his day, he was regarded as a well-respected media critic; personally I see him as more of a media psychic. He all but predicted the invention of the Internet with his “global village” theory, and his paradox, “the medium is the message” has changed the way I interpret colloquialisms and popular expressions.

Global Village:

One of the metaphors he gave is the role of the book, how it’s changed, no longer has sole control of our thinking and knowledge; we are no longer just a literary man! As part of the global village, today we have the ability to interact with and learn from persons we’ve never met, companies we admire, inventions like podcasts, online forums, YouTube “how to” videos, and the list goes on; we are now in the age of the tribal man. One contradiction though is McLuhan’s theory that the making of this global village or tribe is ridding us of individualism or that people are [going to be] no longer concerned with self-definition. On the contrary, I think new mediums such as LinkedIn and Pinterest are allowing for just that, the showcase and broadcast of individual tastes, preferences and talents.

Medium is the Message:

I think this theory is a great example of how we shouldn’t always be focused on the obvious. It matters not what you say (make, build, or invent) specifically, what matters is the environment and the effect on that environment. What new media has done is created a new environment, we’re in the predicated age of evolution and rather focus on the obvious (i.e. the message itself), the focus now should be on how and how often it’s delivered, its effect, and change (there’s that word again) as a result of the way its translated, communicated, or delivered. In other words, the car is not a medium, the medium is the highway, the car factories, and the oil companies; the medium is the effects of the car even being here in the first place1.

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Marshall McLuhan’s foresights not only hold true today but also will continue to be seen as the evolution of media continues. I imagine if he were alive today, he’d show up to work everyday with a big fat grin on his face wearing a cool t-shirt (that he ordered online of course) bearing the words, “I told you so.” And the coolest part, we get to discuss his prophecies as a global village of people on a medium he told us was on its way over 35 years ago. The irony!

Quote and Image Sources:

  1. http://mcluhangalaxy.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/the-medium-is-the-message/
  2. Image: http://pastormattblog.com/2010/12/22/the-medium-is-not-the-messsage-but/
 
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