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My sister is a little bit obsessed with fried rice -It is one of her favourite things to eat!
But it is obviously not one of the healthier things a person can eat, so when I found this cauliflower `rice` recipe as an alternative, I knew I had to try it for her!
Basically, instead of using regular rice, this recipe uses grated cauliflower instead! But, surprisingly, it isn`t too far away in taste from the original!
You can find different recipes and variations online, and I took one and modified it a little bit. Just like regular fried rice, you can make it vegetarian if need be, or add proteins to your liking. I went with a vegetarian version since I was serving this a side.
First, you need one large head of cauliflower. You have to get rid of the tough inner core. You then need to grate the cauliflower until you get your desired amount of `rice` I made the entire head which gave me about 5 cups worth. You can also use a food processor for this, but you should cut up the cauliflower into manageable chunks first. I used a grater, which made it difficult to grate some of the stalks, but I just took the smaller pieces and quickly fried them and added them to my dish so they wouldnt go to waste!
I also prepped the other veggies ahead of time.
I used corn (just drained from a can), frozen peas, carrots sliced into small rounds and green onion which I mixed in at the very end. I also minced some garlic and ginger as well.
Once you have everything prepped, the first step is to cook your egg. In theory you could also skip this and make the dish vegan, but most fried rice contains egg. I beat 2 eggs in a bowl and cooked them in my pan on med heat with a little bit of oil. Basically you need to scramble the eggs and remove them to a plate to reserve when they are almost set. It will continue cooking on the plate for a little bit as well before being tossed back in, so I removed them before they were completely set.
Wipe the pan/wok clean and add some more oil. Add the ginger and garlic for about a minute before adding the carrots. You want to cook the carrots first to soften them a little bit, and the best way to do that is allow them to cook with the ginger and garlic a little bit before adding some cold water (about 1/3 or 1/2 cup). Cover the pan to let them steam for a few minutes until all the water evaporates. Next, add the corn and peas, and mix before adding the `rice`. Cook everything and toss together like you would a regular stir fry. Season with some soy sauce (I used 2-3 tablespoons), and combine well. If you need to add some water to help combine, feel free to do so. After cooking for a few minutes, add the egg back to the pan, making sure to break it into small pieces. Lastly, toss in the spring onion, reserving some as garnish.
And that`s it! It`s super simple, just like regular fried rice, but it a much healthier option - perfect for people watching their carb intake as well!
I can tell that my sister is going to want to use this recipe more often!
Have you ever heard of or tried cauliflower rice before?