Tasty and healthy cauliflower fried rice

Cauliflower Charm.

First of all, I love cauliflower very very much! And even though I adore this vegetable, I still expressed great doubts when I was repeatedly asked to make cauliflower-fried rice. I will be lying if I tell you otherwise.

The truth is that I grew up eating fried rice; I mean real fried rice made with real rice. I wasn’t sure how cauliflower “fried rice” was going to be, I have seen plenty mushy cauliflower fried rice, and I didn’t want to be part of that. ☺

Well if you have ever hesitated about cauliflower-fried rice, you are not alone, but I humbly bring you some good news, in the name of the best cauliflower fried rice EVER! May I present to you my tasty and healthy cauliflower fried rice.

Nutritious.

Delicious.

And veggie-full!

This cauliflower recipe is all you need, since I tried it this way, I have never gone back. Today I am happy to show you the step-by-step process of elevating your cauliflower-fried rice to the next level.

 

Clearing the curiosity.

The word “Cauliflower” has Italian origin, and originally derived from “cavolfiore,” which means “cabbage flower” in English translation. While the name is said to originate from Latin. The vegetable itself originated from the northern Mediterranean. Wait; what?

Cauliflower belongs to the same family as broccoli, brussels sprouts,  kale, collard greens, and cabbage. Equally important to note is that there are about four colors of cauliflower namely; white, green, lime/light green, purple, and orange cauliflowers.

Am yet to try the other colors. I usually buy and cook white cauliflower.

Command your day with cauliflower.

For the fact that this dish comprises of only vegetables, and vegetables alone, you can absolutely have it for breakfast. No sugar, no carb, no meat, no guilt. Just joy.

All you need is your shredded raw cauliflower and some mixed vegetables.

I have seen some people use food processor to shred cauliflower. Personally I think that can make it mushy. I stick with good old box shredder.

Frozen mix veggies are perfect as well. I actually love to mix frozen and fresh. For instance, here, I have the frozen mix veggies in the bowl (peas, green beans, carrots, and corn). Then I have chopped fresh green bell peppers, fresh onions, green onions, and obviously fresh cauliflower.

I start by sautéing the veggies, and then I add the cauliflower. Woohoo!

As you can see I cook this dish bit-by-bit, in other words, small portion after a small portion. Please do not add the entire cauliflower at once like those “gurus” do unless you are planning for a mushy feast.

You are in control of the amount of vegetables you add. I just love them, and I go hard.

To emphasize this is the tastiest cauliflower fried rice out there, Both the preparation and cooking are within 30 minutes.

 

Without further ado let’s make this delight!

Tasty and healthy cauliflower fried rice

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: Entree

Cuisine: Universal

Yield: Serves 2

Tasty and healthy cauliflower fried rice

This bowl of cauliflower-fried rice is everything! Whether you are welcoming guest or cooking for your family, it never comes short! — Bon appetite.

Ingredients

  • ½ head of cauliflower (shredded)
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup of yellow onions (reduce if you wish, but I love onions)
  • 1/3 cup green onions
  • ½ cup of green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning powder (divide into two; add one piece to shredded cauliflower and the other part to sautéing)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (split into two; add one part to shredded cauliflower and the other part to sautéing)
  • ¼ black pepper or any pepper of choice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the cauliflower with a paper towel. Then use a box shredder (the second to the largest hole, and shred it all up. Add half teaspoon of salt and half teaspoon seasoning powder, stir very well to combine, set aside. Wash and cut all the other vegetables and let the best part begin.
  2. Place a clean pan on the stove and set the heat on medium. Add a tiny bit of olive oil about one teaspoon. As the oil heats up sprinkle in a dash of salt (very small amount from the half teaspoon that you set aside earlier). Then add the onions, remember you are making this dish bit-by-bit, do not add the entire onions. For this recipe, I added only about 1/3 of the onions because I usually go three rounds. Allow the onions to soften (for about 1 – 2 minutes) and then add the green pepper. Allow the green pepper to cook for about (another) 1 – 2 minutes and then add some mixed veggies (peas, green beans, carrots, and corn. From the frozen bowl.) then sprinkle some seasoning powder, and black pepper (and any other spice you will like to add), after that and keep sautéing for 2 more minutes to allow for the infusion of flavors.
  3. Then you are ready to introduce the cauliflower. With the cauliflower in, keep stirring, and gently throw in some green onions in about 3 – 4 minutes. At this time you can taste the food and adjust flavors. I like my veggies to be a little crunchy, so I rarely cook them very long. Depending on how you want your vegetables, your cauliflower fried rice is (almost) ready.
  4. Repeat the process to cook the rest of the cauliflower. As you can see I didn’t add water, the vegetables have enough moisture. Afterward, serve warm and enjoy. And of course, thank me later. And for real, this tasty and healthy cauliflower fried rice is E V E R Y T H I N G!

Notes

Always remember to add salt and pepper according to your taste. The vegetables may seem a bit much for half head of cauliflower, please feel free to reduce as you wish. The goal of this recipe is to show you my process of cooking cauliflower fried rice, and I hope you got something out of it. You can also use seasoning cube instead of powder.

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With love,

Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

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