Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

Last night I was craving something healthy (I never thought the day would come in my pregnancy when I would say that!), so I decided to spruce up an old classic. I took my original Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe, added some chicken to it, and tweaked some of the ingredients. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 lbs. lean chicken breasts, chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (omit for Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (omit for Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • Salt, to taste (I like using Himalayan Pink Salt that you can freshly grind yourself; I feel it tastes more mild than other salts)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation:

For this part, you can refer to my original post, as I pretty much prepared it in the same way, except this time, I sautéed the garlic last. So, after cooking your red onions, add your green onions, then add your garlic. Since garlic burns quickly, I felt it would be best to hold off on cooking it until the end.

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I also sautéed the chicken in a separate pan for about 15 minutes until it turned golden brown. Then, I added the chicken and eggs to the cauliflower fried rice last, after I had added the final two ingredients of soy and Worcestershire sauces.

Here is the finished product!

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The end result was a delicious, satisfying, and completely guiltless meal. The chicken was a nice touch, as the protein helped keep me full longer than usual. And, I have to add that even if you don’t like cauliflower, you will like this dish because once you sauté the cauliflower, there is no real cauliflower taste. The cauliflower  acts as a nice substitution for rice without the calories.

Bon appétit!

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Cauliflower Tortillas

Bread is probably one of the top things I miss the most since starting the SCD. Luckily, there are a ton of SCD legal recipes online for pretty much anything I might be craving. A few weeks ago, I was in the mood for some soft tacos and so, I went on the hunt to find a good tortilla recipe. That’s when I came across this recipe for cauliflower tortillas. I also watched a separate YouTube video on it, which I found extremely helpful. For those of you who are more visual learners, the video will come in handy! Can we say genius?! I’ve experimented with cauliflower fried rice, cauliflower mash, and cauliflower crust pizza, all of which were a hit, and each time, I found it crazy how this vegetable can mirror the perfect substitute for bread and starchy carbs. So, when I found the recipe for cauliflower tortillas, I had no doubt the tortillas would taste fantastic.

One head of cauliflower made 5-6 tortillas. The only downside is that I felt it took quite a bit of time to prepare it all for so few tortillas. The plus side is that the tortillas tasted absolutely amazing, so amazing that no one would ever be able to know they were made out of cauliflower. They kind of tasted like corn tortillas but more flavorful. I should also mention that I spruced up the original recipe by adding oregano and thyme to it. You can feel free to add your favorite herbs to add as much flavor as you want. Also, word of advice: at the end when you’re browning your tortillas, make sure not to add any oil or cooking spray to the pan. The tortillas are already delicate, so I experienced adding any oil just made them more fragile. Just press them down lightly with a spatula to give them a nice golden color.

Here are how mine turned out:

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The ones topped with feta cheese are my husband’s. I garnished each taco with cilantro and some chopped green onions. My husband’s exact words were that I outdid myself and that this meal is now one of his new favorites.

Happy eating! Enjoy!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

For a while now, I’ve heard about cauliflower fried rice and always wondered how cauliflower could match the consistency of rice itself. It wasn’t until I started the SCD and began experimenting with cauliflower more that I realized, strangely, it can take the place of rice and actually make you feel really full. I saw a handful of recipes for cauliflower fried rice on Pinterest and adapted one of my own. It’s a fairly easy recipe and took me 45 minutes to make, from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 c. green onions, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 c. broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce (omit for Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • 1 tsp gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (omit for Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Get your cauliflower and take off all its leaves, discarding them.

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Rinse your cauliflower with water. Cut your cauliflower in half and then, into small pieces, cutting and discarding the stems, so that it fits nicely in your food processor.

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Place your cauliflower inside your food processor. I used my Ninja.

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Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles tiny, rice like pieces.

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I pulsed mine into two batches, since I didn’t want to overflow my Ninja.

After pulsing (it took me about 3-4 pulses), remove the cauliflower and empty it into a bowl.

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Now, chop up your onion, green onions garlic, broccoli, and set out your eggs.

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Drizzle a large nonstick pan with olive oil.

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Add your cauliflower.

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Saute your cauliflower for 10 minutes. 5 minutes into it, add your broccoli.

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After the full 10 minutes has passed since you started sauteing the cauliflower, add your onions and cook until translucent.

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Add the coconut oil, wait a few seconds for it to melt, and start sauteing the garlic.

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Add the green onions.

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While the green onions are cooking, get a smaller nonstick pan for your eggs and spray with cooking oil.

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Crack your eggs inside the pan.

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Start scrambling your eggs inside the pan.Image

Once your eggs have scrambled, turn off the heat.

Add your soy sauce to the other pan with the cauliflower fried rice, as well as your Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

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Add the eggs to the cauliflower fried rice.

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Mix everything together.

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Remove from heat.

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Voila!

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Now, go see how many people you can fool into thinking this is real rice!

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

When I found out about almond flour crust pizza, I thought whoever came up with it was brilliant. That’s until I heard about cauliflower crust pizza. I heard of this amazing pizza crust a few months ago and had been itching to try it ever since. But, since I didn’t have a food processor and didn’t feel like grating the cauliflower by hand, I put it off. Luckily, I just bought a food processor, so, I’ve been trying out all sorts of recipes, including this one!

I found two recipes online and switched between the two to make my pizza. The recipes can be found here:

Basically, I’m going to list out which parts of the two recipes I followed. The recipes call for medium heads of cauliflower. The cauliflower I bought seemed large, so, I used only half of it, only to have to go back and repeat the process to use the other half, since it barely yielded any “dough.” After food processing my cauliflower, I microwaved it for 4 minutes, like the first blog, The Lucky Penny, says. I also used all of the ingredients she listed in order to make the crust (which, I must add, turned out to be amazing!), including the almond meal, minus the red pepper flakes (I used regular black pepper.) Adding the egg white is listed as optional but I advise you use it because it helps the dough bind together better. I found that without the egg white, my dough wasn’t adhesive.

I used Closet Cooking’s cooking times, since my pizza crust was pretty thick. I baked my crust for 20 minutes. You’ll notice when it’s done, as it’ll give off a nice light golden brown color. After taking it out of the oven, I layered my pizza with mozzarella cheese (as much as you want), spinach, green onions, red onions, tomatoes, and turkey pepperoni. For those on the SCD, we can’t eat commercially bought pizza sauce, so, I left that out. I then put a final layer of mozzarella cheese on top, in order make all the toppings stick. I put my pizza back in the oven and baked for 10 minutes and broiled for another 3 minutes. Just remove your pizza from the oven when your cheese melts and begins to bubble. When it’s ready, you’ll be able to tell.

My first impression of this pizza was that it’s absolutely incredible! My husband is often my guinea pig, since he gets to try my recipes before they, “hit the public.” He seriously couldn’t stop talking about how fabulous it tasted. You really can’t tell it’s not “real” pizza, either. The cauliflower taste isn’t even noticeable, especially since the pizza crust recipe is jam packed with all those flavorful herbs! Plus, the only real fattening part of this pizza is the cheese, so, really, how can you go wrong with this recipe? I can’t imagine how much more amazing it would have tasted had I added some sauce to it but we didn’t notice any difference in flavor.

The best part is that the actual crust looks like real pizza crust. Just be sure to ring out all the water after you microwave your cauliflower, so that your crust doesn’t become soggy. We probably wrung out about a cup of water. If you’re like me and don’t have much hand strength, ask your husband or significant other to ring it out for you!

Here’s the masterpiece, in all its magnificent glory:

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I urge you all to try this incredible pizza! If you have kids and are trying to sneak some healthy options into their meals, I guarantee you they will love this and that they won’t be able to tell the difference!

Enjoy!