Cauliflower Fried Rice

Another week, another stellar guest blogger, and today I’m thrilled to have Nicole from A Dash of Compassion share a recipe with all of us! She takes beautiful pictures, plus has some mind-blowing recipes on her blog. Not to mention, Lisa Pitman and her have put together some great eBooks, like Edible Gifts (all vegan)! So, without further ado, here is her tantalizing recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice. :)

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ah, January, the first month of the year is already drawing to a close. As completely amazing as 2013 was, I have big plans and long lists to accomplish for this year. It’s a fresh new start and I’m excited about what’s to come.

With so much going on, I’m embracing 2014 with simplicity on the food front. I adore one-pot meals that are delicious yet realistic and achievable with busy schedules. Brown rice with colourful stir-fried veggies is a staple in my house, but I’ve recently discovered grated cauliflower to replace rice for a more nutritious and vegetable-packed meal. Have you tried it yet? I have to say, it is incredible and super simple.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

If you own a food processor, this is the time to use it. Simply pulse the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces and then throw it into a pot with other stir-fried veggies and you’re good to go! This particular “fried rice” recipe also makes use of smoked tofu, shiitake mushrooms, edamame and kale, along with the fresh flavours of ginger, tamari and sesame oil to round out the dish. To cut down on the oil for frying the vegetables, I prefer using veggie broth to add more flavour.

Thank you to the wonderful and talented Jackie for allowing me to share this recipe with you today!


Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Serves: 2-3

Ingredients
  • ½ head cauliflower, leaves removed and chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 package (210g) smoked tofu (I use Soyganic brand), cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups (113g) sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • ½ cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • drizzle of toasted sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it is in rice-sized pieces. You may want to do this in batches for consistent results. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the cubed tofu, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Transfer tofu to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the green onions and garlic to the sauté pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, ginger and a splash of vegetable broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, including the cauliflower rice, tofu and remaining vegetable broth, and cook until kale is wilted and everything is heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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13 Responses to Cauliflower Fried Rice

  1. Crazy, versatile cauliflower! What a great (delicious) idea.

  2. I love cauli fried rice too. Cauli has gone from rarely being purchased to very much a regular in my shopping basket. This dish looks really satisfying with the smoked tofu, meaty mushrooms and edamame. Delish!

  3. AshleyN

    Probably a dumb question, but is this cauliflower supposed to be cooked or raw when you pulse it?

  4. It’s such a pretty dish and so healthy!

  5. I haven’t tried cauliflower rice yet but this looks like a superdelicious start, plus it’s perfect for a Lunar New Year dinner this weekend. Many thanks!

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  7. Beautiful dish using the versatile ingredient cauliflower, it’s amazing how you can use it in so many ways from sweet cream to alfredo!

  8. Emily

    this looks and sounds amazing. I don’t have a food processor. Would it work to pulse cauliflour in blender ?

  9. Oh man, I love fried rice and cauliflower, definitely have to try this combo!

  10. Cj

    Simply scrumptious ~ Would love to see this submitted to FoodFotoGallery.com so I could share with all my foodie friends :-)

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