Diets have never been my thing, though I know a lot of people have found great success with them. So while writing this recipe, I had to keep in mind my friends and followers with different dietary preferences than my own.
For those of you who can’t stand following a diet for longer than a day, have no fear! This recipe won’t feel like you’re cutting out that delicious takeout we all love, but also won’t break good eating habits.
One thing I love about this recipe is the simplicity! I walked into the grocery store intending to make a veggie dish that anyone would enjoy but had no real plan. I simply picked out one head of cauliflower and waited for inspiration to hit me.
The only real prep required for this dish is washing your veggies and ricing your cauliflower. A standard blender can work to do this, though it may take longer than a food processor. I add a little at a time to my processor to avoid it getting stuck.
If you have spring onions, cut some and add to a bowl for later before chopping a red or white onion and some carrots. I added carrots and peas for some extra flavor and texture, though these aren’t necessary for the final product.
- 1 head of cauliflower, riced
- 1/2 cup shaved or chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 1-2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1-3 tbsp. tabasco, for flavor
- Salt and pepper for taste
Most of these ingredients you may already have in your fridge, which makes this the perfect dinner for a lazy night in. Rather than ordering over the phone, gather your loved ones and cook up something simple and delicious the whole family will love.
Another benefit of not ordering fried rice from a restaurant is the lack of added MSG, which is added to a surprising amount of food for that addictive taste that makes you crave more. While it is alright in moderation, like most things, it is good to keep in mind if you are dealing with stomach sensitivities and are looking to simplify your consumption.
The next time you buy that bag of chips you love so much, check the ingredient list and you may be surprised to see it listed.
I have gone to plenty of restaurants specializing in all sorts of cuisine that include it in their food. Once you know how it tastes isolated, you seem to always notice it in your food. It’s a sly trick to get you coming back, but cooking from home avoids it while making the food taste just as delicious!
- Wash and prep carrots, white onion, spring onions, and cauliflower. Rice the cauliflower in a food processor.
- Pour the olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add cauliflower rice and carrots to the pan and keep lidded.
- After a few minutes of the cauliflower cooking, add the soy sauce and give it a good stir.
- Add the minced garlic and chopped onions. Keep lidded and stir occasionally.
- When the onions are completely cooked through and look transparent, add the peas and stir well. Keep lidded to preserve heat and serve with spring onion cuttings.
I’ve always been amazed by the wide variety of recipes cauliflower can be used for, though I have mostly used it for stir fry. The idea of making fried rice with it was exciting, though I did need to adjust my initial ingredients before I got it just right.
The greatest part of this recipe is how well all the flavors complimented each other! It was a little sweeter than I was expecting, so I added a bit more salt and pepper. The overall flavor was just like “normal” fried rice and even the leftovers tasted delish!