Cauliflower Fried 'Rice' with Bacon
and green smoothie
Move over fried rice - cauliflower fried 'rice' is a nutritious, delicious, paleo-friendly alternative to the classic. Cooked just the same way as fried rice, this dish includes crispy bacon, easy frozen vegetables (you can use any type), and scrambled egg.
- Cauliflower - 1 head
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
- Bacon - 6 strips , chopped
- Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
- Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp
- Peas and carrots, frozen - 10 oz
- Limes - 1 , wedges
- Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp , chopped
- Eggs - 4 , whisked
- Salt - 1/4 tsp
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Pineapple, frozen cubes - 16 oz (sub frozen mango)
- Bananas - 1
- Baby spinach - 5 oz
- Water - 1 cup
Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Garlic / Bacon - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make seasoning - Whisk together garlic, aminos, toasted sesame oil, and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Peas and carrots - Defrost
Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
Make smoothie - Combine pineapple, banana, baby spinach, and water in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed. If you’d like your smoothie a bit sweeter, add some honey or your favorite sweetener (not in ingredients list).
Eggs - Whisk eggs with salt.
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Heat a wok or large skillet over low-medium heat. Add bacon. Cook bacon until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to set bacon aside.
Drain off all but about 1 Tbsp / 15 mL (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of bacon grease. Add cauliflower rice, vegetables, and seasoning. Gently stir everything together until warmed through.
Move all of the ingredients to the sides of the pan and pour whisked eggs in the middle. Gently scramble the eggs until nearly cooked through and then fold into the other ingredients.
Move pan off heat. Stir in cilantro and squeeze some lime juice over top.
Serve cauliflower rice with bacon on top, extra lime wedges, and some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy smoothie on the side.