Monday, April 29, 2013

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

I attempted to make my own easier version of a paleo recipe called Cauliflower Fried Rice.  Rice grains are actually not allowed in the paleo diet. So instead of the rice grain, we are tricking ourselves in to eating cauliflower just so the texture would be akin to that of the pinoy staple. 

I failed to take a photo since I was too busy cutting, mincing,boiling, mashing and washing the dishes. But I would have to say, I'm pretty proud of what I did. I opted not to put basil leaves anymore but my mom suggested that I should've...Maybe tomorrow...I'll try to not put ground chicken anymore since it's too oily. I don't have a hand in choosing the white meat when buying ground chicken. Maybe I'll put mince chicken next time. I am truly excited with all this kitchen experiments I am doing in the name of health. Would be so much fun if I start using my brand spankin new oven...hehehe...

So what did I use?

Around 2 cups of cauliflower florettes. Cut the hard stems off. Mince some garlic and onions. Around 2 tbsp garlic and 1 medium sized red onion. Olive oil or coconut oil for sauteing. Salt, pepper, cayenne and marjoram spices depending on your taste. I like freshly ground pepper by the way.Around 150 grams of ground chicken. 

So how did I do it?

I washed and cut the cauliflower florettes into bite size pieces so it's easier to break it apart later. Bring to a boil, roughly half the pan filled with water. Steam the cauliflower until done. Meanwhile prepare the garlic and onions. Set aside. As soon as the cauliflower florettes are done, start mashing it like you would a potato. I didn't have a potato masher so a large cooking spoon did the trick for me. Season it with salt and pepper while still hot. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat a separate pan. Put some olive oil and wait til hot. Start sauteing garlic and onions. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Put the ground chicken and stir til cooked. By this time oil is coming out from the ground chicken. Season accordingly with a pinch of cayenne and marjoram. When done, make sure to remove the extra oil. Take out from the pan but use the same pan to stir fry mashed florettes for a bit then finally toss in the chicken saute...Season again with freshly ground pepper and serve!!!!

Hurrah for this new foodie adventure...healthy cooking and eating indeed!!!

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