One of my very first recipes on this blog was for faux fried rice. It’s made using a surprising ingredient- shredded cauliflower! It is still one of my favorite ways to enjoy a delicious dish without too many hip-hugging carbs. I made it again last night (for dinner tonight, long story!) and got some much better photos this time around. It’s also been a pretty popular post on Pinterest (say that 3 times really fast) since us women are constantly looking for ways to cut calories!
Note: my kids LOVE this. Seriously. It sounds super-weird but they really inhale it and when I first made it they didn’t even know it wasn’t rice!
- one head shredded cauliflower (use the grater attachment on a food processor if you have one)
- 2 TBS sesame oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic (or more to taste)
- 2 TBS soy sauce
- ¼ tsp fish sauce (omit for vegan)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup peanuts
- ¼ cup green onions
- 1 egg (omit for vegan)
- Heat the oil in a wok for about three minutes. Add the cauliflower and don't stir immediately. Let it sit for a minute or two- this helps attain the crispy texture of the fried rice.
- Add the garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce and peanuts. Stir occasionally, but allow the cauliflower and peanuts to brown evenly. Add the carrots and egg and stir until egg is cooked through.
- Garnish with green onions and fresh mint if desired.
What is your favorite “lightened up” recipe?
from the archives. originally posted 2.19.2014