{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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Ingredients
  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)
Instructions
  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.
Notes
  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!

Consuelo

xxxxxx

 

49 Comments

  • Reply What Jessica Baked Next January 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Yum, loving your Makeover Monday’s series! Love fried rice- this recipe looks great for me to try! :)

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens January 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    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 … 😀

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour January 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I love the idea of substituting cauliflower for rice in this dish- healthy and delicious!

  • Reply Monica January 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    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…

  • Reply Ashley January 13, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    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!

  • Reply Amy Alt January 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    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)

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    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!

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} January 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I LOVE cauliflower fried rice! actually I’d even say it is better than the real thing 😉
    Pretty pictures!

  • Reply vmontes1 January 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Curiosamente, yo he hecho una versión de este plato, aunque lo llamo ‘cus cus’ , es sorprendente y buenísimo, ¿verdad? Me encanta con las gambitas y las verduritas, lo probaré seguro!
    http://silenciosecuece.blogspot.com.es

  • Reply Laurel y Menta January 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Estupenda receta Consuelo y además, sana y apetecible…
    Que tengas toda la suerte del mundo con tus exámenes.
    Besos.

  • Reply Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness January 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I am LOVING this recipe! I make a cauliflower “fried rice” as well, but yours looks much better lady! I am all over the addition of ham here….if I had to befriend a kind of meat, it would be pork. <3 it!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment January 14, 2014 at 12:45 am

    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 😉

  • Reply Amy (Savory Moments) January 14, 2014 at 12:58 am

    I’ve been intrigued by the cauliflower “rice” for a while now and think it’s time to give it a try! This looks really delicious and with all the add-ins! Best of luck with your studies.

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely January 14, 2014 at 1:09 am

    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!

  • Reply Kelly January 14, 2014 at 1:27 am

    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!

  • Reply Cindy January 14, 2014 at 1:27 am

    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 😀

  • Reply Trisha January 14, 2014 at 2:58 am

    So clever! A quick, easy, healthy dinner is exactly what I need right now. Hope your life gets less hectic soon!

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 14, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Consuelo, I don’t know how you manage to do it all sometimes and still create beautiful dishes like this! Good luck with everything and remember to get some rest :)

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 14, 2014 at 4:21 am

    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!

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks January 14, 2014 at 4:46 am

    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!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite January 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

    What a great, creative idea to turn cauliflower into “rice”! Love the healthy alternative!!!

  • Reply Krystle Kouture (@KrystleKouture) January 14, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I love rice, but I know it is high in carbs. Would love to try this version soon!

  • Reply danguole January 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

    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.

  • Reply Mary Frances January 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    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!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments January 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I miss blogging, too, Consuelo — life gets busy and there’s just not enough time sometimes! You came out with this incredible dish, however, and it looks phenomenal. So healthy with all of those veggies!

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 14, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Consuelo – this is a BRILLIANT recipe – love this veggie filled version of “fried rice”

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry January 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Veggie fried rice with cauliflower? This is such a great healthy dish.

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes January 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    this looks awesome Consuelo!! I’ve made a Quinoa Fried “Rice” in the past that was huge hit – love the cauli swap on this one, so creative!!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl January 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Cauliflower “rice” is awesome. I love what you’ve done with it here!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 15, 2014 at 12:17 am

    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

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I love this!! I just saw a friend make caulliflower rice earlier this week and wondered about it. Looks delish!

  • Reply bakerbynature January 15, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I want this right now!!! For dinner… and then breakfast!!!

  • Reply blahnikbaker January 15, 2014 at 4:18 am

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

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron January 15, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Looks delicious… I love fried rice! Thanks for this healthier cauliflower version! I can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife January 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

    LOVE this idea of cauliflower Consuelo! Hang in there and thanks for taking time to share this recipe. I’m pumped about it!

  • Reply Joanne January 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    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!

  • Reply Layla @BrunchTimeBaker January 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Love this recipe, it’s great for trimming the belly fat!

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes January 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    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. :)

  • Reply anecdotesandapples January 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! What a fabulous idea! And I feel you on the busyness factor. This too will pass! In the meantime, I’m going to cook up a plate of this “fried rice”. Love it!

  • Reply Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen January 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Wow look at this perfectly healthy and delicious looking dish!!! As always your posts make me wanna run into my kitchen :)
    xox Amy

  • Reply annie @ chase that i love January 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    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!

  • Reply tohercore January 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Using cauliflower as rice is such a good idea! Another one to add to the “things to cook” list :)

  • Reply Yeste Lima January 16, 2014 at 12:46 am

    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

    • Reply laboticariadesquiciada January 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Seguro que con garbanzos está también muy rico, pero te aseguro que no sabe para nada a coliflor. Estaba riquísimo. Anímate y lo pruebas, verás como no notas el sabor.
      Besos, guapa.

  • Reply foxeslovelemons January 16, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I’m so intrigued by cauliflower “rice.” I’ve been seeing it all over lately, but your version looks like one of the best I’ve seen!

  • Reply Johlene January 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Hi there Consuelo, this is a super healthy idea!! I like caulifolower + I like rice = I like this dish :-) :-)
    All the best with your studies!! Xx

  • Reply thecupcakeconfession January 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    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! :)

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    What a brilliant way to “healhify” fried rice. I hope you’re having a better week, my friend! :)

  • Reply Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I have never done the cauliflower rice thing, but I obviously need to get on that train – it looks delicious!

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