Cauliflower Fried Rice

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You like flied lice?

I always laugh when I imagine an Asian lady at Panda Express, or some such place, grabbing a styrofoam to-go container and asking if you’d like fried rice. However, it sounds more like “Flied Lice” than Fried Rice. Is anyone with me?

Anyhow. Today, we start the next series of videos that we finished shooting on Friday. This content is fresh and is only the beginning of the amazing recipes we have in the pipeline. Traditionally, I’ve done more videos per shoot than I’d like and, by the end, the energy level is lower than ideal. So, we changed things up and I feel we have found the sweet spot where the “Joie de Vivre” returns and the fun of cooking shines through.

Cauliflower Rice is hot right now. It allows us to replace a calorie-dense starch with a nutrient-dense vegetable from the cabbage family. To give an example of the difference in glycemic punch:

  • 100 grams of cooked rice contains 28 grams of carbohydrate.
  • 100 grams of cooked cauliflower contains 7 grams of carbohydrate.

So, with the same mass, we are getting 1/4 of the sugar. What does this mean? It means we can eat more and feel full without such a radical effect on our blood sugar. While there are cases where you’d want to eat regular rice, i.e. you need energy STAT, if weight loss and/or calorie restriction is your goal, then my Cauliflower Fried Rice is a better option.

Today’s recipe is super simple and yields a ton of food in under 30 minutes. It is a great carbohydrate base for pairing with your protein of choice. And, ultimately, it tastes good. Producer Jesse had never had cauli rice before, but when he tried it, he said, “It tastes like rice.” So, why not swap cauliflower for traditional rice? It seems like a no brainer to me.

I hope that you give today’s recipe a try and I’m confident that, when you do, it will become a mainstay in your Culinary Quiver and a go-to for carbohydrate prep.

The best part is that, when you eat it, you are…

“Keeping It Paleo!”

Have a great day, guys!

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Shredding the slopes with the fam yesterday…)

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ingredients List:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 cup carrots, small dice
  • 1 cup onions, small dice
  • 1 cup celery, small dice
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 cups cabbage, small dice
  • 2 heads cauliflower, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 bunch scallions, ABC (Asian Bias Cut)
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat a 14″ skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add olive oil and ginger and cook for 30 seconds, then, add garlic and stir constantly until garlic begins to toast.
  3. Add carrots and celery and stir to incorporate. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Add cauliflower, folding in ginger, garlic, and veggie mixture. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring 2-3 times in that timeframe.
  5. Add Tamari, bell peppers and cabbage and fold into cauliflower mixture. Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Push the caulk-rice to one side and add a small amount of olive oil to the open portion of the pan. Crack the eggs into the oil, season with salt and pepper and cook completely.
  7. Fold the eggs into the cauli rice, test the carrots for doneness, and, if they are done, cut the heat.
  8. Transfer the rice to a serving platter and garnish with scallions, or portion out and stock your Paleo Bank Account!
  9. Whatever you do, enjoy what you do. Life is too short not to! And, by all means, do your best to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (2)

We have limited protein in this recipe.  We are using 2 eggs, which gives us 2 blocks, one from each egg.

Carbohydrates: (9.5)

In a quarter of a cup of ginger, there are 24g.  We calculated that there are about 16g in one block of ginger, so therefore we get 1 ½ blocks in a 1/4 cup fresh ginger. We know that about 10 cloves of garlic equal one block, so since we have 4 cloves fresh garlic, we will say that that is 1/2 block. Next we have 1 cup carrots, which gives us 1 block.  1/2 cup of onions equal one block so therefore we have 2 blocks from out 1 cup of onions. Two and a half cups of celery equal one block and since we are using only 1 cup of celery, we will call it ½ block.  We know that 2 cups of peppers equal one block so since we have 1 cup red bell pepper, that gives is 1/2 block.  Four cups of cabbage gives us one block, so we get ½ block from the 2 cups cabbage.  And finally we have 2 heads cauliflower, which gives us about 10-12 cups of cauliflower.  We know that 3.5 cups equal one block, so therefore we have about 3 blocks from the cauliflower for a total of 9.5 blocks.

Fats: (18)

We are using 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Each table spoon gives us 9 blocks as 1/3 of a teaspoon equals one block, so we have a total of 18 fat blocks.

Balancing Act:

Use this cauliflower rice to make a great carb/ fat addition to a protein of your choice. You can divide this cauliflower into three meals, with about 3 blocks of carbs in each portion and 6 fat blocks.

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