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Carb-Free Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with Veggies

In a food rut? I have been lately. It has been so hot and humid this summer, all I can think about is eating salads and fruit. But to be honest, sometimes there really is such a thing as too many salads. This has forced me to try and figure out what in the world sounds appetizing when it is so dang hot outside! My salvation came when I discovered a magic food called cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice is just cauliflower minced up until it is the texture and size of rice. The great thing about cauliflower rice is that it is just as neutral in flavor as rice, and as easy-to-use. You can make a pizza crust out of it, bread, throw it into smoothies, or use it as a simple rice substitute. This is what got me inspired to make this carb-free cauliflower “fried rice” with veggies. A super healthy version of the Asian classic, one that will satisfy your cravings for one of your favorite foods, without all the negative aspects.

And why eat cauliflower? Cauliflower is from one of the healthiest food groups, cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower is rich in phytonutrients including one called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates help to support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune system. They also have anti-inflammatory effects, and help support detoxification. In particular, cauliflower, like other cruciferous vegetables, contain a compound called DIM (diindoylymethane). DIM is one of the most effective compounds for detoxifying harmful estrogen in the body. This has profound benefits for keeping hormone levels balanced, preventing hormone-related cancers, detoxifying synthetic forms of hormones (birth control), and protecting the body from harmful chemicals that mimic hormones (plastics, pesticides, chemicals in household cleaning items and body care).

When consumed at least once per week, cauliflower has been associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer, prostate and breast cancer. In addition, consuming cauliflower has shown to improve cardiovascular health because of its ability to bind bile acids and lower blood cholesterol. Eating ample cruciferous veggies can also help improve blood sugar levels and promote weight loss. See how awesome cauliflower is? That’s why we want to eat it in any way we can, starting with this carb-free cauliflower “fried rice” with veggies.

*Note: you can purchase cauliflower rice from Trader Joes and other stores. If you do not have it readily available to you, you can make it at home quite easily using this recipe.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Ashley July 25, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Looks so amazing! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Reply Rhonda July 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. I’m a little confused on the title though. Can you tell me how this is “carb-free”? Don’t many of those items have carbs?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 31, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Low amount of carbs solely from vegetables rather from grains. It is a reference to a no-rice, no simple carb recipe.

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