Monday, November 28, 2011

Fried Cauliflower Rice

After my first foray into subbing cauliflower for rice was such a success, I decided to experiment further with a fried "rice" dish. I made this exactly as I would a traditional fried rice and it came out perfectly! I still find this phenomenon utterly amazing, as even as I prepped my cauliflower the smell and sight of it were so completely unappealing...

I chopped the florets in my food processor, then microwaved them for three minutes to soften. Then I used the cauliflower just as I would a precooked rice. I know Paleo diehards eschew peas, and I rarely eat or cook with them. They seem like a requirement in a solid fried rice to me, though, and since I lean a little more Mark Sisson/Primal than strict Paleo I don't feel guilty about including them. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you'd like! I went with the peas, shredded carrots, chopped yellow pepper and mushrooms.

Fried Cauliflower Rice

1 head cauliflower, riced (I blanched in microwave first, as described above)
6 strips bacon, diced
4 eggs, beaten
2 chopped shallots (could use 1/2 large onion)
3 minced garlic cloves
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tsp. minced ginger
2-3 cups vegetables of choice
2 tbs. coconut oil
3 tbs. gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos

Cook bacon on medium heat in a large wok until beginning to crisp. Next add shallots, garlic, scallions and ginger.

Cook until these begin to soften (don't brown the garlic!) and then add vegetables. After a few minutes remove the whole mixture to a separate bowl.

Scramble eggs in skillet until dry, breaking into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Remove this to a separate bowl as well.

Wipe down skillet with a paper towel, and then return it to heat to melt coconut oil. Put cauliflower in wok in a single layer, stirring only occasionally to help it get crispy. Season with salt and pepper while cooking.

Add vegetable mixture and eggs back to wok, stir to combine with cauliflower. Season with soy sauce and allow to cook for a few more minutes.

Top with minced cilantro, chopped nuts, chile garlic sauce, etc. :)

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