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Faux Fried Rice

So after posting a decadent cupcake dessert yesterday, despite the use of a vegetable, I felt that it was only appropriate to post something on the extreme, opposite end of the spectrum when it came to health and nutrition.

When I’m not stuffing my face with a cupcake, I often look for ways to give familiar favorites a twist, sometimes an extremely healthy twist. While the joy of eating boils down to taste, you can’t forget about the other sensory aspects — the aromas, from the sounds of the food cooking or as you bite down and savor it, to the visual cues and to the textural experience you get with each bite. I believe that there are ways to “trick” oneself when eating so that you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of the “good” stuff if you are attempting to make something better-for-you or just plain healthier!

When it comes to guilty pleasures, one of mine is fried rice. My Mom’s fried rice is amazing — I can still savor the hints of garlic in hers — I feel like calling her up right now and asking her to make me a batch this week. :) But, after my Mom’s recipe, there is this little neighborhood Chinese restaurant where I grew up and to this day, it has the most amazing fried rice. If I order from this place, and it’s been so long, I’ll order a large beef fried rice and two egg rolls. That’s it — no other entrée is needed, I’m happy with just these two items.

1227 Foster- Faux Fried Rice 4So in today’s healthy recipe, I present to you a low-carb faux fried rice  — no rice, just honest-to-goodness cauliflower — a clever way to make your eyes see a traditional fried rice dish. Your mouth will also be thanking you!

1227 Foster- Faux Fried RiceThis recipe is literally replacing the rice with chopped up and lightly fried cauliflower. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 package of Frozen Mixed Veggies (of your choice)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Light Soy Sauce (to taste)
  • 1 large head of Cauliflower
  1.  Cut up the cauliflower into big chunks and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. While the cauliflower is boiling, brown the ground beef and then remove the excess oil
  3. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then add in the frozen veggies and cook until softened.
  4. Drizzle soy sauce sparingly to your liking and mix well over the heat until well blended.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove cauliflower from water and begin to chop into “rice-size” pieces.
  6. In a large wok (or pot), add cooking oil and heat. Once hot, sauté garlic until lightly golden.
  7. Make sure oil is hot, then add in cauliflower and continue to mix over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes until lightly browned.
  8. Add in beef and veggie mixture and continue to “stir fry” for another 2-3 minutes to blend the ingredients together.
 Note: I don’t add extra soy sauce in the end as to not darken the cauliflower and keep it light in color to resemble rice. You can also add scrambled egg to this dish if desired during the last few minutes of cooking.
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This is one “Asian” dish that won’t leave you feeling guilty — so enjoy this dish and eat to your heart’s content.
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  1. Yes, cauliflower rice seems to have become popular all over suddenly, perhaps for health issues, perhaps just for a change, perhaps for the more pronounced taste of the vegetable. I have tried it and quite like it for a change. Perhaps I am not such a purist as you as ‘brown’ fried rice does not numb my tastebuds: ie, living Down Under i do love my various soy sauces :D !

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    • Believe me, I love regular fried rice — but this is definitely a nice change of pace and a much healthier version when you’re in the mood for something that won’t weigh you down :) Thank you!

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    • Thanks Ashley — it is a great way to enjoy a favorite and not feel guilty after eating it all :)

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  2. This is a very intriguing view on the Fried Rice as I like time to time – after all my time in China, Chinese food isn’t that high up on my wish list – even if I enjoy it when I eat it.
    Fantastic presentation of your post again .. just like always when I land here. Wish you a great weekend.
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    • Sometimes, a favorite needs a twist and when I’m in the mood for healthy, this does the trick. Thank you as always!

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    • Not at all Kathy. I don’t over boil it, just enough to get it tender and then I quickly fry it in the hot oil to get the frying. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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