Cauliflower fried rice is the takeout replacement you’ve dreamed about

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The hardest part about eating healthier is missing out on foods that you really love.

When those cravings hit, you have to be prepared or else your entire day of eating could be compromised.

Luckily, Pinterest makes it really easy to find healthy alternatives to our favorite foods. I was craving chicken fried rice the other day and knew I couldn’t order takeout from my favorite Chinese restaurant.

I searched “healthy fried rice” on Pinterest and a bunch of recipes for cauliflower fried rice came up. At first, I was skeptical, but every picture looked EXACTLY like actual fried rice. I had to try it. I picked my favorite things from each recipe and made it my own way.

My first bite was almost life-changing. It tasted just like chicken fried rice and the texture was nearly identical.

Plus, it’s super healthy! My cauliflower fried rice recipe made 5 servings. Each serving came out to 356 calories, 9g of fat, 21g of carbs and a whopping 46g of protein.

Make the recipe below for dinner or for your work lunches for a week. Enjoy!

CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cubed (you can sub this for any other meat or with tofu)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 cup carrots, cubed (you can also just get a package of frozen peas and carrots with other vegetables)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

Add the olive oil, garlic and chicken into a hot pan. Brown the chicken.

While the chicken is cooking, cut the cauliflower into florets. Use a food processor to chop the cauliflower into fine, small pieces that look similar to rice. Depending on the size of the food processor, you may need to do this in batches.

When the chicken is browned, add the peas, carrots and onion. Cook until the onion is translucent, then add the cauliflower and mix it with the other ingredients.

Push the food to the sides of the pan so that there’s an empty hole in the middle. Crack the eggs into a bowl and mix them, then scramble the eggs in the center of the pan. When the eggs are scrambled, mix them into the rest of the food.

Add in the soy sauce and mix thoroughly. Serve hot!

 

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