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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Whoa, did I miss the boat on this one. Cauliflower rice. I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Yes, I could see how it could resemble rice, but cauliflower is not taste-free, so how in the world could it taste like rice? And wouldn’t it get too soft when cooked? And the leftovers – would that tell-tale most unpleasant odor of cooked cauliflower permeate the entire dish?

Well – I’ve finally been converted, after feeling like I am the very last nutritionist and Pinterest junkie on earth to try cauliflower rice. So, to answer my own questions — no, it actually doesn’t taste like cauliflower when you add it to something. The other flavors of the dish take over, which is why it works so well in Mexican or Asian dishes. And no, it didn’t break down into mush. And, unfortunately, I can’t address the leftovers question, because it was so good, there were none! Sold!

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Besides the fact that cauliflower kicks any dish up about a hundred notches on the healthiness scale, it is SO much faster than cooking actual rice. Just pop the cauliflower florets in the food processor, pulse a few times and voila. Fake rice!

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This entire dish took me exactly 10 minutes to prepare, and it’s as good as better than takeout. #Happiness!

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Feel free to change up the vegetable combo here – don’t like mushrooms?  Try chopped water chestnuts.  Not a fan of cashews?  How about some tofu? Leave the eggs out if you prefer it vegan. Easy, peasy. No right or wrong here, folks  DO use those bags of pre-shredded veggies so you can have dinner on the table in 10 minutes!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice|Craving Something Healthy

Cauliflower Fried Rice

A low carb version of your favorite take out food!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: 30 minute meals, cauliflower, cauliflower rice, rice stir-fry
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Napa or green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cashews roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Place the cauliflower into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, and pulse about 20 times or until it resembles rice. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a saute pan on high heat, and add scallions, garlic and ginger. Saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs if using, and mushrooms. Stir well so egg scrambles quickly.
  • Add cabbage and carrots and combine all ingredients well.
  • Reduce heat to low, and add the riced cauliflower, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Stir gently and let the mixture heat through for about 5 minutes
  • Serve immediately, garnished with chopped cashews.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3221IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg
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8 Comments

  1. Reading your recipe, cauliflower gets set aside in step one, and that’s it, never mentioned again. When is it added back in?

    (I added it in after the cabbage and carrots, before the sauces.)

    Similar question for cashews: Never mentioned in the instructions. (I added as a garnish on top.)

    1. Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry! You did it correctly. I’m heading over to that recipe to edit the instructions. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Made this last night after dinner. I like heat with my sweet so added a few squirts of Siracha. Also had some extra cilantro in the fridge so tossed that in as well. Couldn’t wait to try it so had it for breakfast this a.m. along with some quinoa. I would definitely make this again.

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