Rice in the Philippines is staples. We have rice in the morning, Yes,you heard me right. Fried rice in the morning, with eggs, hotdogs, ham and some other kind of meat of dried fish. Then rice again for lunch and dinner. Sometimes, we even have rice for snack, shocking, huh?
Those were the days, but few years after I moved here in Canada, I noticed that I don’t eat rice anymore as often as I used to. I still have rice once in a while, but I eat more salad, fruits, pasta, breads and sweets, lots of sweets. I am not on a diet, because the sweets alone that I eat is not a definition of being on a diet. I guess I can attribute this preference now to change of environment and change of lifestyle.
Anyway, this is why I find this Cauliflower Fried Rice interesting. It tricks my mind that I am eating rice, and yet I am enjoying it as a vegetable. I have to say it could pass as a rice substitute, just like Quinoa or Couscous. It’s nice to go with meat or seafood, like my favorite Salmon or Spicy Grilled Shrimp. This is easy to make, although it requires a food processor. If you don’t have one, I guess blended or any chopper will work too, and worst comes to worst, chop manually. It would definitely take a little bit more time, but some things are worth spending time. Let’s get started!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup white onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup diced zucchini – optional
- 1/4 cup diced carrots
- 1/4 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cups cooked cauliflower rice
- 1 eggs, beaten
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper – thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shrimp , chicken breast or shrimp/meat balls
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and garlic. Saute until fragrant. Add the onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Add the shrimp/chicken/meatballs, mix until cook through.
- Add carrots, green peas, and bell peppers to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, and then stir in the cauliflower rice.
- Clear a circle in the center of the pan and pour in the beaten eggs. Stir to scramble the eggs and then combine with the other ingredients. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Do not over cooked to avoid having the cauliflower mushy.
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Try it and let me know how it goes. Feel free to share this recipe, and let’s get the community home cooking!♥
Quote of the Day
A simple act of kindness the size of a rice grain can weigh as heavy as a mountain. ~ Feroz Bham