For those of you that know me, you know that I love me some asian food. Not only are the flavor combinations to die for, but the cooking methods that are used in Asia are, in my opinion, so much smarter & to the point than the methods we use here in the US. Stir frys, fermentation, fresh spring rolls, all of these types of food have little manipulation of the original ingredients and the end results are so delicious! They also tend to be on the healthier side, if you watch the amount of MSG or other flavor additives that you use. So, in order to make one of my favorite asian inspired recipes even healthier, I decided to swap out rice for cauliflower. The result was something incredible! To start, you will need:
1 head of cauliflower, "riced"
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 in piece of ginger, minced
1/2 C purple cabbage, large diced
2 medium size carrots, large diced
1 red bell pepper, large diced
1/3 C yellow onion, large diced
4 ea mushrooms (I used cremini), large diced
1/2 C frozen peas
1/2 C frozen edamame
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
1/4 C Tamari
1 Tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
I bunch of scallions, sliced on a bias, for garnish
1/4 bunch of cilantro, for garnish
To begin, you will need to wash and chop your head of cauliflower into small florets. Then, in a food processor or a vitamix (if using a vitamix, do in small batches) pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice. You do not want to pulse it too fine or it will become watery. Use a clean dish towel to squeeze out the excess water. Next, instead of using egg in this recipes, I opted to use ground flax seeds mixed with water. This is a great egg substitute & is still high in fiber, omega 3 essential fatty acids & other nutrients! Once all of your knife cuts are done, you are ready to go!
If you have a wok, great! If not, any cast iron skillet will work just as well! Heat your sesame oil on high heat! The idea of a stir fry is to use little oil on very high heat. Begin by adding your onion, pepper & carrots & sweat until tender. Next, add your mushrooms, garlic, ginger & cabbage. Add your frozen peas & edamame last. Finally, add your riced cauliflower and constantly stir! At this point, you can add your flax seed mixture & tamari. Stir this around for about 5-7 minutes, allowing the rice to toast a bit! If you prefer your rice extra crispy, then cook a bit longer.
Once the rice is cooked to your liking, add the black sesame seeds. Plate your "fried rice" & garish with scallions & cilantro! This recipe was so easy to make & it is so versatile. You can add as many or as little vegetables as you want! You can also kick it up a notch & add some spice! I generally like to use Siracha or Sambal to kick up the heat! What do you like to add in your fried rice? Have you come across any other healthy fried rice alternatives? Happy recipe testing, everyone!