You guys. IT IS HARD.
While I don’t hate grains, (in fact, I adore them), I know my body doesn’t do well with a carbohydrate-heavy diet and I tend to feel uncomfortably full and bloated after eating them. I also truly believe in a veggie-based diet, especially because I struggle with PCOS and endometriosis. I have to keep my babymaker in good shape, and the best and first line of health for me is nutrition. It’s part of an overall commitment to health and hormone balance.
When I can replace grains with veggies, I do. When I can replace grains and not miss them even a little bit, I absolutely do.
I’ve perused Pinterest and have seen the fried rice recipes with cauliflower. I usually dismissed them because it’s typically so much prep work to get cauliflower to taste like something awesome. But with the fried cauliflower “rice”, it was a total breeze.
Are you ready for my secret weapon?
Yep, a cheese grater.
I’ve tried a food processor, blender, knife tricks, and dicing or mashing after steaming. The cheese grater, though, was so easy to use (albeit messy). I just plunked the grater in a deep bowl, trimmed and quartered the head of cauliflower, then grated away.
The final result? A flavorful, slightly spicy dish that is wonderful as a standalone and completely filling and satisfying. I didn’t miss the rice even a little.
- 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and grated
- 1 12 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies (I prefer the California Blend)
- 1 12 oz bag of frozen cut green beans
- 12 oz of cooked protein of your choice (optional, but leftover meat works great!)
- 1 head of garlic, minced or crushed
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
- Bragg’s Amino Acids, Tamrari, or organic soy sauce (I prefer Bragg’s)
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp Avocado oil, ghee, or another high smoking point oil
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and Pepper
- In a large skillet, add frozen veggies and a tablespoon (or more) of Bragg’s. If you want some extra spice, add red pepper flakes. Cook on medium high, stirring every five minutes until they are steaming hot.
- While vegetables are cooking, sauté onion in a large skillet or wok in 2 tablespoons of oil until translucent. Add garlic and ginger and cook until soft and slightly golden.
- Add grated cauliflower to the garlic, onion, and ginger. Add remaining oil, two tablespoons of Bragg’s, and mix thoroughly. Allow cauliflower to cook until tender.
- Once cauliflower is tender, push it to the sides, creating a hole in the middle of the pan. A three inch circle of the pan should be exposed. Crack eggs into the exposed circle, scrambling with a fork or spatula continuously. The egg will cook into the cauliflower, and that’s okay.
- Once your eggs are scrambled, add protein and veggies (minus any liquid), to the cauliflower and mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
I’m eating this today for lunch as leftovers. It tastes so good without heating, but reheats like a dream in a skillet on the stove top.
This veggie thing. It’s not THAT hard.