One of the harder things to give up on 4HB/Paleo is rice – it is, by conventional wisdom standards, a healthy food and can easily be cooked up as a side to go with most dishes. Beans and rice combined provide you with the essential amino acids – it seems like a perfect food.
But rice is a starchy grain, that has built in chemical defenses (which we would do well to avoid).
How do you do a workaround for recipes that call for rice, or times when rice would make a great accompaniment to your meal?
Amazingly, cauliflower, when grated, comes out looking like small pieces of rice. It cooks in a fraction of the time, with a fraction of the liquid that real rice needs and can be used in virtually any meal that calls for rice since it tends to absorb the flavor of whatever is surrounding it.
photo courtesy: TaeKwonWeirdo
I like to make a fried cauliflower “rice”
which is especially good with leftover meats. I honestly believe this is tastier than the real stuff at your local chinese restaurant.
- 2-3 tbsp of oil – I like light tasting olive oil, or sunflower oil but you can use macadamia, sesame, or coconut
- 1 small onion, sliced thin
- 1-2 cloves of garlic diced or 1 tsp of minced garlic
- up to a pound of your choice of meat (optional) – cut into small bitesize pieces
- 2-3 tbsp of soy sauce or tamari sauce
- head of cauliflower – grated in a food processor or box grater
- 2 eggs, scrambled
- pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 4 scallions (optional)
- 1 cup of frozen peas or frozen stir fry vegetables or a combo of both
Heat a skillet over med-high heat and add 1tbsp of oil, add the onion and saute for a few minutes until soft, then add garlic continue to saute about 2-3 more minutes.
Add your meats and tbsp of soy/tamari sauce, if the meat is already cooked you only need to get them warmed up, then add remaining oil and the grated cauliflower. Continue cooking for about 3-5 minutes.
At this point you can add the eggs and scramble – or as I prefer – cook the eggs separately, scrambled well (or to your liking) then add into your cauliflower dish. Add in frozen vegetables to cauliflower and saute until fully cooked.
Serve and top with scallions and red pepper flakes if using. Add soy/tamari sauce to your taste.
This makes a lot of food – enough to easily feed a small family. It is a delicious and quick and easy meal to make.
What do you think? This dish easily fixes my chinese food cravings, and has zero guilt! If you try it, let us know what you think!
If you like this and would like some other recipes – you should check out Mark Sisson’s (Mark’s Daily Apple) Primal BluePrint Quick & Easy Meals