I don’t know about you, but I love rice and Chinese fried rice isn’t the exception. That is the good news.
The bad news however is that, you and I know that real deal is fried in unhealthy oils, possibly contains added sugars, thickeners and all sorts of not so healthy ingredients. Additionally, white rice is not a low glycemic index friendly meal (64 Glycemic index and 52 Net carbs per 1 cup) ouch!
Now, I am not saying you shouldn’t eat rice. Some rices are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such black organic and whole grain rice in moderation. If you are watching your sugars, and prefer (or have to) follow a low carbohydrate diet you should really eat it sparingly. For those of us who prefer to have rice occasionally (Parent’s and grandparents are/were Diabetic) I need to be careful.
When I do make rice for the family, it is a mix of wild-wholegrain-organic brown rices that I get from wholefoods or from online here — it really is a good quality tasty rice.
No worries though, if you are in the same boat I’ve got the next best thing — Cauliflower Fried “Rice”. I went searching for a good recipe all over and found an awesome one from that definitely enticed me to make it. This Organic Gluten Free Cauliflower rice substitute for rice was inspired by Corey’s cauliflower rice from Family Freshmeals .
I must say this was cauliflower fried rice was delicious, guilt free, has a low glycemic index (only 15 per 1 cup), and best of all the family liked it. However, I made some slight modifications. For example, I was aiming for gluten free, so I didn’t use the conventional soy sauce as you can see in the pictures. I used Organic-Gluten Free Tamari sauce instead. Also, I decided to use coconut oil instead for some good fats and antioxidants and to develop that androgenic metabolism (source)
Update: Turns out that Tamari contains soy sauce (Hello, it is written in huge letters on the very top). I think next time they should put a billboard sign next to it at the store (grin). On a serious note, we go out of our way not to consume anything with soy. Why? Most USA soy is Genetically Engineered. As you may know Soy protein is difficult to digest, contain high levels of phytic acid that cause less absorption of nutrients, disrupts hormones such as the thyroid which can cause hypothyroidism. Plus, it mimics estrogen due to its phytoestrogens. That being said, I have swapped Tamari sauce for Coconut Aminos, in this recipe but you are welcome to use either one.
There you have it. A delicious, nutritious, filling cauliflower fried rice recipe .
Organic Gluten Free Cauliflower Fried Rice
- 2 cups of raw grated organic Cauliflower
- 1 cup of Organic carrot-peas mix thawed out
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 cup red onions
- 1/2 cup thinly shredded cabbage
- 3-4 tbs Coconut Aminos Gluten Free Tamari Sauce see note
- 2-3 tbs Organic Coconut oil
- 2 Free range-organic eggs or 4 Egg whites
- 3. Pastured ground sausage or a protein of your choice
- In a small pan add 1 tsp of coconut oil and cook sausage, set aside.
- In a large stainless steel Wok or large pan add remaining coconut oil and saute garlic and onion in coconut oil on medium/high heat until they look golden in color.
- Add peas/carrots mix, cabbage and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Next add Califlower, Coconut Aminos and Scrambled eggs.
- Stir for a few minutes to make sure all ingredients are incorporated well.
- Serve with your favorite protein or just by itself.
- This recipe calls for pastured organic sausage, but you can add a protein of your choice or to keep it strictly vegetarian just add your favorite vegetables.
Cauliflower is rich in Vitamins B1 through B12 which are vital for our body to function properly. My vegan friends will definitely benefit from this meal; of course without the meats. Here is a brake down: ~ Vitamin B3 (Biotin) ~ Helps metabolize proteins and carbohydrates, production of cholesterol and hormones that as we all know are vital for our organs, cardiovascular system and brain. ~ Vitamin B6 ~ aids the body absorbe protein. ~ Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) ~ Protects our cells from free radicals, vital for fetus development and wards our body from cardiovascular disease. ~ B12 helps the body maintain a healthy nervous system.