Nom Nom Paleo's Asian Cauliflower Fried 'Rice' Recipe

Every week, we’re spotlighting a different food blogger who’s shaking up the blogosphere with tempting recipes and knockout photography. Today, Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo puts a Paleo spin on fried rice, which contains no rice at all.

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Asian Cauliflower Fried “Rice”
Serves 4 to 6

Traditional Chinese fried rice is basically a dish made from leftovers you have rotting in your fridge, which makes dinner prep a breeze. Dice or chop everything small and uniform and your actual cooking time will only be 10-15 minutes. To make my cauliflower fried rice more “Asian,” I added bacon, scrambled eggs, minced ginger, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, fish sauce, and coconut aminos. Okay, the bacon part isn’t Chinese but it’s intrinsic for the dish. Feel free to change up this recipe by substituting whatever you have lying around. Try adding some leftover meat to make a complete, one-bowl meal.

1 small head of cauliflower, separated in florets
3 slices of uncured bacon, cut into small dice
2 large eggs
1-inch knob of ginger, grated with a microplane
1 small onion, minced
4 ounces of sliced mushrooms
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. of chopped cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp. of chopped basil
1 Tbsp. of chopped mint
1-2 Tbsp. of coconut aminos
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Splash of coconut vinegar (optional)
Splash of fish sauce (I prefer the brand Red Boat)

First, I pulsed the cauliflower in a food processor until the pieces were the size of rice and chopped the rest of the ingredients. 

I tossed the diced bacon into a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and fried until the bits were crispy.

While the bacon was cooking, I whisked the two eggs in a small bowl with some salt and pepper to taste.  When the bacon was done, I removed the crunchy swine to a separate plate.

I poured the whisked eggs into the hot bacon grease and fried a thin egg omelet. I took the egg out of the pan, sliced it thinly, and set it aside.

I always keep a large knob of ginger on hand in my freezer. It keeps really well. When I need to use it, I take it out of the freezer, peel off the skin with my vegetable peeler, and microplane it. It’s almost like making ginger-flavored shaved ice.

The microplane is the best tool for grating ginger — no stringiness and the ginger blends in really well into your dish. (The microplane is one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools. If you don’t have one, stop reading this post and get one immediately.)

I cranked up the heat for my cast iron skillet to medium-high heat and added the chopped onions (along with a dash of salt and pepper). Once the onion softened, I tossed in the sliced mushrooms (along with yet another sprinkle of S&P) and stir-fried everything until the mushrooms were browned.

After adding the ginger and stirring it around for 30 seconds, I threw in the cauliflower and even more salt and pepper.

I put a lid on the skillet and lowered the heat to low and cooked it covered for about 5 minutes. When the cauliflower was tender (but not too mushy), I added the coconut aminos, the herbs, and the sliced egg omelet. You can also add a little coconut vinegar to add a tiny bit of tang to the dish. And splash on some fish sauce for good measure!

Before serving, I tossed on the reserved crispy bacon bits. Voila!

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