Girl Gone Paleo? Hell nooooooooo!
If you read this blog regularly, you know I've got all kinds of healthy recipes in my repertoire. As white rice does not agree with my belly, it's one of the top ingredients that I avoid. I have turned to cauliflower 'rice' as my substitute. If you don't know, white rice is processed, refined and stripped of the outermost and innermost layers of grain, removing most of the fiber, nutrients, and proteins. White rice digests rapidly in your body, creating increased insulin levels, increased fat storage, and will add to your waistline over time. Furthermore, white rice offers a low level of satiety.
So you'll eat it, but won't feel very full, and then eat some more with the end result of a guaranteed fat Buddha belly.
It has to be one of the worst feelings EVER for a foodie. So turning to cauliflower "rice" and has been a total game changer for me. Cauliflower 'rice' is cauliflower that has been processed (in a food processor) or grated until it looks like traditional white rice. #Winning!!! It's a white food you can feel good about eating that can help your waistline shrink for bikini season... which is just around the corner.
Take my advice and try this healthy, low carb, gluten free substitute that will keep your belly feeling warm and full (in a good way!), until that time comes to sport shorts and flips-flops.
Coconut Cauliflower "Rice"
1 Tablespoon of organic coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head of small cauliflower
1/2 small sweet onion, sliced
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Rinse cauliflower and pat dry. Using a cheese grater, grate the cauliflower to a coarse texture (approximately the size of rice grains)
or use a food processor to pulse the cauliflower to desired rice-like texture.
Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for 3–4 minutes, or until the onion soft and translucent. Add in the cauliflower rice and continue to sauté for 4–5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside to keep warm.
Cauliflower "Rice" Stir Fry
1 Tablespoon of coconut oil
1/2 small sweet onion, slice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 red pepper, julienned
3-4 bok choy, ends trimmed and sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Wipe pan clean from making cauliflower 'rice', and heat remaining tablespoon of coconut oil over medium high. add the reaming onion and cook stirring until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 1 minute. Add the broccoli florets, carrot, bell pepper and bok choy, cook and stir until tender for about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper. Remove from heat and squeeze fresh lemon juice.
Top cauliflower 'rice' with the stir fry mixture. Sprinkle with green onions or garnish of choice and serve. Enjoy!