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Faux Fried Rice: Making Cauliflower Cool Again

29 Jan

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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5 responses to “Faux Fried Rice: Making Cauliflower Cool Again

  1. xoloraashleyox

    January 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Hi Nekesha!

    This sounds really delicious! I also heard of cauliflower pizza! There are SO many recipes on Pinterest for example: http://stickafork.net/2012/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza/ .

    Also what’s good is if you want to portion out the pizza, you can make the cauliflower crust with different toppings and place them onto cupcake baking pans, that way you will have mini pizzas you can save for later and freeze. I love that you can find many paleo recipes online especially on Pinterest!

    Best,
    LA

     
  2. datecity

    January 30, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Hi Kesh,

    This looks mmm mmm good! Thanks for sharing!

    I happen to be a huge carb eater (rice, bread, etc.), but this seems like a good and nutritious replacement for it. I have to look into this (meaning I need to ask someone to cook it for me…lol). It looks like a simple recipe, but I’m not that skillful in the kitchen.

    I also learned through a nutritionist that couscous is another substitute for rice. I’ve had a few couscous dishes in the past year and I must say I haven’t been disappointed yet. There are a lot of recipes that you can look into to spruce it up as well. Check out http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/couscous.html.

    Additional rice alternatives that are tasty include:

    – Quinoa (has a mild nutty flavor and can be chewy)
    http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/cooking-with-quinoa-00412000073996/

    – Millet (it’s best to buy this in the most natural form)
    http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-perfect-millet-every-time-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-185974

    – Barley (which can is known for reducing cholesterol levels)
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/barley.html

    Aikeem

     
  3. alyssummadat

    February 1, 2014 at 4:37 AM

    Mmm, I might have to try this recipe! According to the food mags I read, cauliflower is a pretty hot and trendy veggie right now. Kinda funny, I think. I don’t think the fact you like pineapple but not pineapple juice is not that weird because I enjoy cooked cauliflower but cannot stand the raw stuff. I never get why it always shows up on veggie plates at parties.

    I really like your funny quips. I thought it was hilarious how you said you don’t have a food processor because it’s an appliance for rich people but then used langostino tails (my mouth waters just typing the name) in the recipe, one of the classic “rich people” foods! Nice. I also do not own a food processor. I really want one but I’m afraid it will become like so many other appliances I have (bread maker, juicer) and get used a lot for a few weeks or months and then only come out of the cabinet every few months after the honeymoon period.

    Since you’re blogging about cooking, take at gander at my blog because I’m doing the same!
    http://alyssummadat.wordpress.com/

     
  4. ncentinaro

    February 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Hi, Nekesha! Good luck with your wellness journey – I am in the same boat as you, trying to shed some pounds and get back in shape. (Easier said than done for me!) I love cauliflower but I never knew you could use it this way. The recipe really looks amazing – and I am a huge carb lover so it’s great to know this is a healthy rice alternative. I’ll have to try it out soon. Also, I’m intrigued by the Whole30 plan – how does it work?

     
    • Nekesha (@GreenMile08)

      February 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Nicole, check out the Whole30 hyperlink in my blog for details and also the book associated with Whole30 is called, “It Starts with Food”. Those two resources will be able to give you motivation and great detail about the program!

       

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