We had friends over for dinner at the weekend and, admittedly after a fair bit of wine had been consumed (excepting the designated driver, of course) the conversation drifted to…
And the table seemed to pretty much unanimously hold in contempt any efforts to call cauliflower “rice” or cauliflower “pizza” – which I will admit to having made, and I didn’t think it too, too bad.
At the end (and after a soothing cup or three of espresso, it was agreed that the dishes themselves were not bad, the offense was in trying to claim an equivalency with actual rice. Or pizza. Or potatoes.
Poor cauliflower! Good for you, but not the same as all those lovely starches we’re trying to cut back on.
All that considered…
This is a cauliflower stir fry.
Definitely not cauliflower fried rice.
Mighty tasty, though.
•14 oz bag cauliflower rice*
•1 tbsp olive oil
•1/8 tsp Seasoned Salt
•1 tbsp sesame oil
•3/4 cup diced sweet onion
•1/2 cup diced carrots
•2 tbsp diced Peppadew peppers
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•3 tbsp sliced scallion (white parts only)
•3 tbsp scallion (dark green bits)
•3 tbsp lower sodium tamari
•1 tbsp sweet chili sauce (plus more, for serving at the table)
*Or, core one head of cauliflower and pop in the food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until your cauliflower is rice like.
Whisk the seasoned salt into the eggs until they are smooth.
Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the eggs and cook until set.
Remove the eggs and set aside.
Add the sesame oil to the pan, then add the onion, carrots, garlic, peppers, and the white parts of the scallions and cook for five minutes.
Raise the heat to medium high, then add the cauliflower, tamari, and chili sauce.
Mix together, cover, and cook (stirring when you think to) for another five minutes, until the cauliflower is a touch crispity, but tender inside.
Remove from the heat, then stir in the cooked egg and dark green bits of scallion.
Serve with a bit more sweet chili sauce on the side – we had ours with some grilled swordfish steaks and thought it a quite decent dinner.
So long as I did not refer to the veggie stir fry as “rice.”