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Cauliflower Fried Rice

This Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’ makes for a great low carb side dish.

cauliflower fried rice

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Today I made cauliflower rice. Have you tried it yet? I hated cauliflower. Mostly because of that awful stench you get when its cooking. In fact the smell is what probably first put me off cabbage and broccoli as well.  But cauliflower is a healthy whole food packed with B vitamins, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and potassium. So I buckled up and made me a rice substitute. I decided to stir fry the cauliflower rice with coconut oil and mixed vegetables. To my pleasant surprise it actually smelt good. I later read that the best way to avoid the dreaded stench is to steam or sauté it. This dish comes together really quickly thanks to the packaged chopped vegetables. Sometimes you need to cut corners where you can with no compromise on nutrition. My packaged wok mix contained chopped carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers, scallions, purple onions and cabbage. I’m pretty sure you can find something similar in most supermarkets around the world.

One head of cauliflower makes a lot of rice. So I stir fried half one day and the remaining half the next. Since I don’t know how well it will reheat.

How to make cauliflower ‘rice’ in a food processor

cauliflower fried riceMelt the coconut oil in a wok. Add ginger and sauté until fragrant. Add the cauliflower rice and mixed vegetables in  the pan. Mix thoroughly. Cook until the cauliflower is tender.

cauliflower fried rice

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Cauliflower Fried Rice
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 package chopped mixed vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Cut or break the cauliflower into florets and discard the tough inner core.
  2. Work in batches and pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it breaks down into rice-sized pieces.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a wok.
  4. Add ginger and sauté until fragrant.
  5. Add the cauliflower rice and mixed vegetables to the pan, mixing thoroughly.
  6. Cook until the cauliflower is tender.
  7. Serve immediately.
Enjoy

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Deborah Davis
    April 14, 2015 at 4:57 am

    I have wanted to try cauliflower rice so I am delighted that you shared the process! This dish looks so appetizing! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’ recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Deborah! It’s one of my favourite dishes. Always a pleasure linking up, see you next week!

  • Reply
    Anna @Green Talk
    February 27, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I adore cauliflower rice. I love your adaption to it. Love the ginger idea.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Anna! I love ginger, couldn’t help myself there.. 🙂

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    February 27, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Really pretty! I still have not tried cauliflower ‘rice’. Pinned:)

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Give it a try Linda, I’m sure you’ll like it… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Kim
    February 27, 2015 at 1:44 am

    This looks so good! We used to love making our own fried rice before we went low carb, what a great sub. Thanks!! 😀

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Kim!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    February 27, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Looks so yummy! I love all of the veggies in it.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    February 26, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I love cauliflower…This is a great tutorial! Thanks! I’ll have to try this the next time I make a stir fry 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! Hope you’ll like it.

  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    February 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I like how colorful yours is!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Megan!

  • Reply
    Rachel @ day2dayjoys
    February 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Ohh yum, this looks perfect for our upcoming potluck!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Hopefully it’ll be a hit.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica
    February 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Very pretty! I love making these kinds of dishes.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Me too Jessica. Its one of those feel good dishes.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Tash
    February 26, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    This looks so fresh and healthy! I just started a cleanse so this will be a fantastic sub for rice for the next 30 days! 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Enjoy Tash and good luck with the cleanse.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    February 26, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I love cauli-rice! We have it once a week – it’s a nice change up! Yours is SO pretty too! I might need to get my hands on some tomatoes if I can find any this time of year!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Isn’t is awesome Renee? My whole family loves it!!

  • Reply
    Diane
    February 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love this recipe! We make one similar, but might try your version next time. Thanks for sharing!

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