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Monday, February 3, 2014
Fried rice without rice?! WHAT?! That was exactly my reaction when I first saw this recipe in Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong.
Being the super rice geek that I am:
I had to try the Paleo version of fried rice without the rice. So I guess that makes it Fried Cauliflower, which sounds like a dish not like this. So I’m keeping the name Cauliflower Fried Rice.
Truthfully, I hadn’t even planned on doing any research on the Paleo diet – any diet that makes me give up my bread, glorious bread doesn’t interest me. However – after flipping through the volumous Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook, and bookmarking 8 recipes I must try TODAY (we ended up making 3 of them in one day) – I had to know more.
Here’s my conclusion:
If you’re a Paleo, get this book.
If you’re not a Paleo, get this book.
The fad diet name aside, Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is just full of good food that’s good for you. Nothing processed. Nothing “refined”, nothing “enriched with.”
Here are the list of my top choices from the book:
10 minute Sriracha (we made this!)
Whole Roasted Fish (stuff ‘em with lemons and herbs)
Mussels in Curry Broth (uses Indian curry powder)
Kabob Koobideh (I love saying this!)
Crispy Roast Pork Belly (need i say more?)
This rice. Errr….this “rice” – was bacon-tastic. The process was so easy that it was even faster than cooking rice. Cauliflower is grated on the large holes of a box grater. Even the stem gets grated too.
Stir fry with bacon and whatever vegetables you want. Fifteen minutes later, you’ve got Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice.
Here’s how to make it:
The recipe is super-easy – 15 minutes total. Below the recipe is a crazy list of options (CAN YOU TELL I’M HUNGRY?!)
Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice Recipe
Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans by Michele Tam and Henry Fong.
There are so many substitutions you can use! See bottom of post for full list.
Ingredients:4 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, finely minced
1 head cauliflower, grated
1 tablespoon water
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 tablespoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos, Coconut Aminos or fish sauce
STEP 1: In a wok or large saute pan over medium heat, cook bacon until almost crispy.
STEP 2: Add the onions and stir fry until translucent.
STEP 3: Turn heat to high. Add the grated cauliflower and stir fry for 1 minute. Add water and mixed vegetables, stir well, cover the pan and let the cauliflower mixture steam for another 3 minutes or until tender.
STEP 4: Uncover and add Bragg's (or your choice of seasoning) to combine. Toss well. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired.
When stir-frying, timing is everything. Overcooked spinach is mushy and undercooked chicken is not good. I’ll divide these options according to Steps 1 – 4 in the recipe.
STEP 1 OPTIONS:
Along with the bacon, you can add more bacon. Just kidding
STEP 2 OPTIONS:
Along with the onion, you can add in ground beef, pork, turkey, chicken, buffalo. Throw in minced garlic at the very end of step 2.
How about different vegetables?
Or more meat/seafood?
STEP 3 OPTIONS:
Along with adding the cauliflower, you can add in:
STEP 4 OPTIONS:
As a substitute for Bragg’s Amino:
Alright, now that I’ve bombarded you with a gazillion options for making Paleo Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice, what are ya gonna cook?