{Makeover Mondays} Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Oh, the hecticness of the this past weekend. And it’s not as if this week was going to get any better.

So. Much. To. Study.

And so little time to cook, photograph, write and read blogs… Aaah, I’m so upset now. I really miss blogging!



I’d like to apologize for the fact that I haven’t been replying to my lovely readers these days. I’ll try to catch up on it as soon as thinks get calmer around here, ok? Ok.

Meanwhile, a quick and healthy dinner like this one is all I can offer to you. But oh yes, this one is so tasty that it might be worth the fact that I’ve been (and I’ll probably will) MIA for the last days.



If you like tasty dinners that you can put together in minutes and are friendly to your waistline, look no further: this one is for you! This version of the traditional fried rice is much better for your health than the real thing. And do I dare say tastier too? 

I’m not saying that cauliflower looks and tastes 100% like rice, but it’s just as delicious as it, if not more. Actually, my brothers didn’t realize it wasn’t white rice, and that’s a lot to say since they’re such picky eaters.

In order to make it even healthier, I also cut down on the amount of oil, and I used heart-healthy olive oil instead of that hideous vegetable oil.



Throw in some more veggies, a little bit of protein and a pinch of soy/tamari sauce, and you’re good to go. Dinner in less than 30 minutes, a busy student’s favorite kind of dinner… and I’m sure it’s yours too, right?

Cauliflower Fried Rice
Serves 6
This version is way healthier than the original, but so tasty that you wouldn't notice!
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  1. 1 head of cauliflower
  2. 150 grams peas
  3. 100 grams corn
  4. 1 carrot
  5. 1/2 a red bell pepper
  6. 1 onion
  7. 2 cloves of garlic
  8. 180 grams cubed ham
  9. 250 grams shrimp
  10. 1 egg
  11. 2 tablespoons tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  12. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  1. Chop cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice. If your food processor isn't very big, you may want to do this in batches, or else the cauliflower will be chopped too small.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and when it's hot, add onion, garlic, peas, chopped carrot, peppers, shrimp, ham and corn and sautee until all of it is cooked to your preference.
  3. Add the cauliflower, the remaining tablespoon of oil and the soy/tamari sauce and sautee for 5 minutes more. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Make an omelette out of the egg (or scramble it if you prefer), cut it into pieces and add it to the rice.
  1. If you're using frozen shrimp, sautee them before the veggies or it release lots of water in the pan!
  2. This reheats like wonders.
  3. This recipe is gluten free, low carb and paleo if you avoid the corn and tamari sauce.
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If any of you guys is curious, I’ll tell you that my race didn’t go as well as expected. I don’t think I can write a race recap due to lack of time, but, if you want to hear more or something, don’t hesitate to email me. I’m always willing to have a chat!

I hope you guys have a better week than mine!





  1. says

    Oh, Consuelo! I’m so sorry that you’re just buried right now, and that the race didn’t even go all that well. Hang in there … and good luck on the biochem exam!!!! I think I’m the last person on earth to have tried cauliflower rice – this is certainly the reason that I HAVE to do it now! Looks delicious – and you know I’m all about fast, easy, healthy recipes! Kinda our THK mantra! Game on, my friend! Loving this! Hope your week goes better than expected! Sending transatlantic hugs … :D

  2. says

    Consuelo, I keep thinking “this is such a great idea” as I’m reading this. I have a head of cauliflower I’m planning to roast and it’s on my brain this week. I’m going to have to try this fry rice style. I’ve been adding curry powder to my fry rice and I bet it would work well here. Thanks and don’t work too hard. Hope things let up for you soon…

  3. says

    I’ve been wanting to try cauliflower rice for a while now – and then you went and made it fried rice! I love it! Definitely need to try this soon. And I feel you on being super busy right now – I hate not being able to spend as much time on what I actually love doing!

  4. says

    I was seriously confused, when I saw the photo i was all like “where’s the cauliflower?” but now i see your trick! Definitely pinning to my uni food board. Good luck in your exams – i have one on friday (sob)

  5. says

    Sorry your race didn’t go as well as expected, but that just means the next one is going to be really great :)
    I made cauliflower fried rice one time and really liked it, but yours looks much better than mine. Hope you have a great week Consuelo!

  6. says

    Wow, I have never heard of this cauliflower rice trick before! It’s brilliant! I’ll have to show it to my hubby, he loves Chinese food & is always watching his carb intake. Thanks for sharing, Consuelo, & hang in there girl ;)

  7. says

    Poor lady, hope studying is going well! And don’t worry about not responding to readers. You’re busy enough, we understand : ) Love cauliflower “rice”, great for when I’m watching my carbs. Can’t wait to try this fried rice version next time!

  8. says

    Aaw, I’m sorry the year is off to such a busy start for you already and the race didn’t go as well as you expected. Hope things get less hectic and better for you soon and hang in there sweetie. This fried cauliflower “rice” is brilliant! I have been wanting to try it out for a while and now I can’t wait to try your version :) It looks incredible and I love all the flavors in here – pinning and thanks for sharing girl!

  9. says

    Very interesting Consuelo. I’ve never heard of or tried cauliflower rice before. Genius! Good luck on your studies. Never much fun but must be done :D

  10. says

    To the busiest girl I know – you are AMAZING! I don’t know how you do it all with school and the bazillion other things you do. All I know is – you seem to put out these FABULOUS recipes and still keep it all together. Tell me girl… what is your secret? And, can you send some of that energy my way? :-) Have a fabulous week!

  11. says

    What a great idea for a dish! I love this low carb version of one of my favorite dishes. Pinned. Hope you have a great week, Consuelo!

    PS, no worries on the not replying yet. I totally get it. I am just now getting to the rest of my posts from last week and I probably won’t finish those until later this week!

  12. danguole says

    Cauliflower is so good that I wouldn’t even miss the rice!

    I hear you on the hectic pace of life lately–take care of yourself and I hope you have a chance to relax, my friend! Cheers.

  13. says

    Whoa, look at all those veggies! And then two kinds of meat protein? Seriously, this looks incredible. Ugg, studying … I had so much baking free time over break and now it’s like, go go go! Have a great day Consuelo!

  14. says

    Life is crazy-busy, isn’t it? I hope you hang in there. As a low carber, I’ve been enjoying riced cauliflower and mock mashed potatoes for years. They are the best! I love the veggie, ham and shrimp action going on. The perfect toppings! Cannot wait to try your dish and I look forward to more Makeover Mondays. :) Thank you, Consuelo! xo

  15. blahnikbaker says

    I love this!! Looks so delicious. Cauliflower is always yummy when transformed and you have definitely done that here.

  16. says

    Good luck!! We’ll all still be here when you come back, so don’t stress about it! This cauli rice looks awesome. Such a healthy alternative to regular rice!

  17. says

    It’s totally fine Consuelo, we understand! I will be honest; I have NOT been feeling school since this new year sigh. The overload of assignments is killing me, and as soon as we came back from holiday I got another assignment due at the very beginning of February. Ahh! I’ve been so behind on replying to comments too :( and I feel bad but still trying! Sitting in a cafe catching up now :) . Cauliflower wins me over at any point in time, especially since I’m not the biggest rice fanatic. I’m going to see if this can convince the Mr. to cut back on the rice habit. :)

  18. says

    oh wow! I made cauliflower rice for the first time ever this past Sunday. I thought it tasted perfect, SOMEONE else in my household insisted that it still tasted like cauliflower. I’m sure this is only because he saw me make it….and then he ate it all up anyways. I’m definitely going to add in some shrimp next time like you did….shoulda thought of it myself. Thanks!

  19. Yeste Lima says

    Aiiiiiisssss….Consueloooo, no me gusta la coliflor….¿la puedo cambiar por garbancitos?, jeje.

    Y la cosa es que tiene una vista que no “veas”.

    Muchos besos, preciosa

  20. says

    I totally understand the school and the study pressure that takes away alllll the time that you want to reserve for blogging! This cauliflower fried rice recipe has me drooling all over my laptop {is that gross???} I don’t know but I’m absolutely loving this recipe and since cauliflower is like a regular celebrity in my home, I’m definitely making these for dinner! :)

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