You can have rice and eat it too

If you’re from the South like I am (New Orleans born and raised), rice is staple in just about every tasty meal you can think of. Jambalaya. Crawfish etoufee. Red beans and rice. Now that we’re all drooling, I’ll stop. You get the point.

So as I put one foot in front of the other on this journey and decided to follow a lower carb lifestyle, I knew I had to come up with some alternatives to rice. I haven’t eliminated rice completely, but I definitely try lean toward more veggies instead. I learned about cauliflower rice. All you have to do is get a full head of cauliflower and grade it up against a large cheese grater, or you can use a food processor if you have one. Some stores even sell it in pre-packaged bags, too.

I put the shaved cauliflower in a pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil on medium heat. I usually mix in spinach (fresh, frozen or canned with low sodium), red onions (they’re lower in sugar than white or yellow onions), bell pepper and low sodium turkey sausage.

Stir it around for about 15 or 20 minutes and there you go!

It usually makes enough servings for me to eat for dinner and bring for lunch the next day. The recipe is naturally low in carbs and calories.

Cauliflower fried "rice" with almond flour crusted fish
Cauliflower fried “rice” with almond flour baked fish

I also sprinkle on some of my favorite salt free seasonings, curry powder and cayenne pepper (it helps boost metabolism).


(Originally published February 28, 2014)