Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cauliflower "Fried Rice"


Cauliflower masquerading as rice?  What?  Huh?  Having recently turned cauliflower into an amazing "cream" sauce, I've come to the conclusion that it must be the most versatile veggie on the planet.  Still, when I saw this recipe on Family Fresh Meals, I worried that the cauliflower would soften too much and turn into a paste.  But I just had to try it because it was much too fascinating to pass up.

Can I just tell you...wow!  This is so good and so, so good for you.  Brian and I have been happily shoveling in bowls of this stuff, although he prefers his with some chicken or shrimp.  I'm just happy to have a giant bowl of tasty fried rice, sans rice.  All the great taste with none of those empty carbs.  And even though this recipe technically serves two, I've been known to put away the whole thing when I'm by myself.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
(adapted from Family Fresh Meals)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Small onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Cup shredded carrots
1/4 Cup peas
2 Cups grated cauliflower
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons scallions, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

To grate the cauliflower, place about 5 - 6 florets into the bowl of a food processor and pulse about 25 times.  The cauliflower will have a rice-like consistency.  Set aside.

Add the olive oil to a large pan and saute the onion and garlic on medium heat until soft and translucent.  Add the carrots and peas and continue cooking on medium heat for another couple of minutes.  Add the soy sauce, raise the heat to high and add the cauliflower.  Saute for a couple of minutes until the cauliflower is heated through.

Make a well in the center of the pan and crack in the egg.  Whisk until the egg scrambles and distribute it throughout the mixture.  Season with salt and pepper, top with the scallions and serve hot.  Makes approximately 2 servings.

21 comments:

  1. I love using cauliflower as a stand in for rice! The fried rice sounds amazing, with shrimp would be outstanding.

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  2. I'm about to try another cauliflower recipe, and now I can't resist this one! It's like..my new thing.

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  3. Ooh..I need to try this. It looks and sounds delicious!

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  4. This is so great! I have been wanting to try the whole swap cauliflower for rice thing for so long. I must try it!

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  5. Oh, it looks so yummy. I'm gonna cook that as soon as I can get myself a cauliflower head!

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  6. That sounds really great! I love them both so I must try cauliflower as rice!

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  7. This looks so good and sounds so healthy! Cauliflower is really an amazing vegetable.

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  8. It's happening... with shrimp fo' sho'! :)

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  9. I would never have thought to make 'rice' using cauliflower but this sounds so delicious I must give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing this on Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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  10. Well, I finally tried it and you are not kidding! Wow! So good.

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  11. Have tried mashed cauliflower, but not cauliflower rice. Will have to add it to my repertoire!

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  12. I have no idea how I missed this recipe when you first posted it, but this is going on my menu for January.

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  13. It sounds fantastic and I love the bowl it's shown in, too! I'd love to know who makes it/what the pattern is called, please.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Alison - I picked up the bowl for $3 on a clearance rack at Marshall's but the bottom markings say Ceriat, S.A. Portugal. I did a quick search and they have a web site plus I saw bowls like that for sale on eBay. Hope that helps!

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    2. How many calories are we looking at?

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    3. I am not a nutritionist but my best calculation is less than 150 calories per serving.

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    4. Wow that's fantastic! Thank you!! :)

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  14. Does this need to be serverd right away, or can it be taken to a gathering? This sounds amazing

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    1. I think you should be able to take it to a gathering but it does taste best when it's warm. If you have the ability to heat it in the microwave for a few seconds when you arrive, that would be best.

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    2. Thank you soo much, i will defaintly try.

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