Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cauliflower "fried rice"

cauliflower fried rice
Hello, deliciously carb-friendly fried rice! Though it sounds like an oxymoron, it is veritable that healthy, tasty cauliflower, when chopped up in the food processor, yields "rice" that is the perfect base for a fried rice dish. This recipe packs in tons of veggies, some protein, and a whole lot of yum! I didn't incorporate meat into this dish, so it's vegetarian-friendly, but you could throw in chicken, shrimp, Chinese sausage (SO good but not so good for you), or whatever meat you'd prefer. I added some Chinese sausage into Alex's portion after I snapped these pictures of my plate, and he liked the cauliflower rice phenomenon! And that is saying a lot for a hardcore steak-and-potatoes, get-that-healthy-stuff-out-of-my-face dude. We ended up eating huge portions of this and didn't feel bad about it one bit!cauliflower fried rice
Cauliflower "Fried Rice" (adapted from here)
Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower, rinsed and core removed
1 tbsp sesame oil
6 large eggs
Extra virgin olive oil
2 shallots, sliced thinly
1 bag (12 oz) frozen vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas)
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/3 cup green onion, diced
Oyster sauce to taste

Directions:
1. Chop cauliflower into florets and let dry completely. Place cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until your cauliflower has a rice texture. You may have to do several batches if you have a mini food processor like I do. Set aside.
2. Beat eggs in a bowl. Heat a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add eggs and cook, turning over a few times until just cooked. Set aside in a bowl.
3. Heat a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in the same pan. Saute garlic and shallots for a couple of minutes until lightly browned. Add frozen veggies and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
4. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the cauliflower "rice" to the pan. Add sesame oil and then oyster sauce a little at a time to taste, mixing well. Stir frequently to cook until cauliflower is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Add the egg, breaking it apart into small pieces. Remove from heat and add green onions, folding to mix all ingredients together. Top with more green onions and serve!

4 comments:

  1. This looks delicious and I like how healthy it is too. My husband loves his rice too much so I'm not sure if he'd go for it but I definitely want to try to make this. Thanks!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  2. Looks really good. I've tried most of your recipes and I've loved them. :) Love,

    Shauna xo

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  3. This looks really yummy and healthy too.

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  4. Wow this recipe does take fried rice to another WHOLE level of healthy goodness. I must try. Thanks so much for sharing.

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