Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This post is a bit later than I had hoped, as my days have been a bit crazier than usual because my  job has had some pretty major changes in the last few weeks.  Initially the changes came as a complete shock, and I was somewhat concerned about my future.  However after my first day with the changes officially in place, I can honestly say that I am excited and look forward to making more happy memories going forward.  Sometimes it is hard to separate my career life from my personal life, especially being that I work out of my home.  After all, I spend majority of my life working and I am thankful to have a job that I really love.  I enjoy going into work and seeing people that I have fun talking with, and I can only hope feel the same way about me.  I find myself lucky, and at times have to remind myself of this, especially through big changes.  This weekend I will be heading to Washington, DC for our big work conference and I am looking forward to seeing my coworkers from other territories that I do not get to see often.

Anyhow, today is Tuesday and on Tuesdays, I like to post some of my favorite recipes, so today I will post my Cauliflower Fried “Rice.”  This is a pretty easy and versatile recipe as you can make it with pretty much any protein–I usually use shrimp or chicken (sometimes pork) or you can make it vegetarian style…

You will need:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, grated
  • 2-3 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Mixed veggies (you can opt to use whatever you have fresh like zucchini, broccoli, onions, carrots finely chopped or you can buy the package of frozen veggies at the store–I often use the frozen bag with carrots, peas, peppers, edamame or a variety)
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil (found near the spices or near the Asian Specialty section)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • A few generous shakes of sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • Protein of choice

I use my food processor to grate the cauliflower because it is so easy, fast and not usually as big of a mess, however if you do not have a food processor you can certainly grate the cauliflower by hand (be careful though).  I typically start by cooking whatever protein I am going to add, in a pretty large skillet or fry pan.  If I use shrimp or chicken I will usually cook it in coconut oil with some garlic, salt and pepper.

*My other trick is that I often buy a rotisserie chicken and make a few things throughout the week with it, one being fried rice.  I usually take the skin off and shred it by hand and add it towards the end being that it is already cooked.*

Once the protein is cooked,  set it to the side and then you can use the same pan to scramble the eggs if you are lazy like me 🙂 once the eggs are all scrambled, set them aside.  Next, in the same pan add your frozen veggies or fresh veggies with a little coconut oil, and cook them almost through.  Once they are almost cooked through, throw in your grated cauliflower.  If I feel like the veggies are sticking I will occasionally add a little more coconut oil.  The cauliflower will cook pretty quickly, as it is small pieces.  I, then, put in the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, protein and scramble eggs and make sure that it is mixed through.

It is super simple, and always delicious.  It is one of Dan and I’s favorite dinners, and can be pretty healthy.  If you prefer to put actual rice in you can use a little rice with it, just make sure to use mostly cauliflower, to keep it healthier.  It is always crazy to me how the grated cauliflower really looks like rice, it may be a nice healthy recipe to trick your kids, or unhealthy husband with 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope you all had a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

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This is a throwback to one of my many birthday dinners, at Shogun 22, eating the worst and the best kind of fried rice…one of these days I will get better at taking pictures of what I actually make 🙂

 

 

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