Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice
Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
Phase 3 Friendly , Really Healthy and Just Plain YUMMY!
After I heard that cauliflower could be used to make fried rice without using rice I was really curious.
Not just curious but how it would work but if my family would approve of the dish.
It has been said fried rice is basically taking rice and adding leftovers you already have. What type of leftovers? Vegetables and meat of course (you can exclude the meat and even the eggs if you prefer). This opens up a lot of variety when you decide to make it. I am including the standard recipe. But the picture of my last batch was made with red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, mushrooms, scallions and spinach. The meat selection was a request from my husband which for this batch not as low calorie as it could have been. The last time before this one I used shrimp which is of course low calorie but my husband asked me to try adding sausage this time around. And I also added turkey bacon. Depending on the size of the batch the amount of eggs you will use varies. My last batch I used 3.
For Christmas my daughter bought me a Cuisinart food processor. This made breaking up the cauliflower a LOT easier. Before I had the processor trying to break up the cauliflower was really tough.
I used the shredding blade and it broke up the cauliflower so it was granules like rice is. The first time I used the processor and the blade I used unfortunately broke up the cauliflower too much so the consistency was too mushy. It still tasted good but I knew it would have been better with the correct texture. My husband said he would like me to make the cauliflower fried rice every week. Those of you that are always trying to figure out what to make that will keep everyone in the family happy. This one does that. Both my kids say it tastes really good so I know I have a winner. I have made cauliflower pizza crust before but that was before the processor. The fact combined with the mistake of adding too many ingredients that were too “wet” made the pizza fall apart too much. After I try that recipe again I will let you know how it went. Both the cauliflower fried rice and cauliflower pizza are P3 friendly if the right additional ingredients are added. And it goes without saying the recipe is just plain HEALTHY without sacrificing taste. Along with the fact that the cauliflower is a good source of fiber as well.
Though standard fried rice usually has peas and carrots you are not stuck having to use carrots or peas. Both of those I prefer to not use. Carrots are high glycemic (sugar) and peas are starchy. There are so many other vegetables with a lot more benefits.
As far as oil I have used either olive oil, coconut oil or a Mediterranean blend oil. Sesame Oil is usually used but I don’t have that oil in my pantry. And to be perfectly honest I simply use 3 or 4 soy sauce packets that I got from Panda Express. I am notorious for not follow a recipe precisely. But the outcome is yummy and that’s what counts.
Here is the Basic Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe
- 1 Small Head of Cauliflower, cut into Florets
- 3 Slices Bacon, Diced
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Scallions, Sliced Thin
- 3 Tbsp. Oil
- Diced Meat of your choice
- Veggies of your choice
- 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Minced Garlic
- Rice cauliflower florets in food processor.
2. Dice bacon and scallions.
3. Fry bacon until very crisp, remove and let cool.
4. Add oil to pan and start to fry the cauliflower.
5. After a few minutes, push your cauliflower to one side of the pan, adding your garlic and scallions to the empty side.
6. Add soy sauce black pepper and a slight bit of sea salt (to taste) to the “rice”.
7. Mix everything together and allow it to fry for a few minutes.
8. Push all your ingredients to one side of the pan again. Add your whisked eggs and allow them to cook.
8. Add your bacon and mix everything in well, chopping the egg up to form smaller pieces.