“Fried” Cauliflower “Rice”

That’s a lot of quotation marks for a recipe title.

But it’s necessary, because this fried rice recipe is not actually fried, and *surprise!* doesn’t actually have a grain of rice in it. But trust me, you’ll be tossing your takeout menus in no time with this healthier but equally tasty option. It fit in my detox, it’s macrobiotic, vegan, gluten free, low-carb, blah blah blah. Most importantly, it tastes amazing.

“Fried” Cauliflower Rice

½ head cauliflower

½ medium onion

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tbsp sliced leeks or scallions

5-10 baby carrots, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

4 oz. silken soft tofu (gluten free)

1 tsp ground ginger

vegetable broth

soy sauce (gluten free)


“Rice” the cauliflower with the onion in a food processor. Set aside. Saute the garlic over medium heat on a pan that has been lightly spritzed with cooking spray. Add the cauliflower “rice”.  Stir and add the veggies and tofu. Once the tofu has scrambled and is evenly distributed throughout, add some vegetable broth (1/4 cup or so) and continue to stir so that it all cooks evenly. Add the ginger. Once the liquid has evaporated, add a couple tbsp of soy sauce and stir. Once the liquid has evaporated, the vegetables are cooked, and the “rice” is slightly browned, remove from heat and serve. Makes 2 large servings.

In other news, today is Day 5, the final day of my detox!

I feel great, I ate well, and slept better than I have in a while.

Lessons learned?

  • I can definitely move my caffeine intake wayyyy down. I’m talking like a small cup of coffee a day rather than my usual 2-3 huge mugs.
  • I used to add way to much salt to things! Food tastes better when I don’t!
  • Realists might call me crazy, but this Ayurvedic stuff totally works. I feel so much more in tune with myself and balanced. And the macrobiotic aspect? I miss the nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, etc.) but I will be lessening my intake a lot… to maybe just 2-3 times a week. I also miss greek yogurt, but will be lessening my intake of that as well.

I call that success!


Filed under Appetizers and Sides, Eat, Gluten Free, Live, Main Dishes and Entrees

5 Responses to “Fried” Cauliflower “Rice”

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  2. This looks delicious, and I love how it’s centered around veggies instead of grains! :)
    I want to be trying out some of the Ayurvedic stuff too.
    I will definitely give this recipe a whirl once I get my hands on a cauliflower!

  3. Is there anything you would suggest subbing the tofu for? can’t do soy and this looks yummy. does the tofu help make it the rice texture or would using eggs or chicken work?

    • pursuitofhippieness

      You can absolutely use eggs! The tofu is a vegan replacement for eggs, actually, so eggs would work great. And if you want to lighten it up still, just egg whites are totally fine and don’t sacrifice flavor at all!

  4. Betsy

    YUM. This was really delicious and actually went shockingly smoothly! I used an egg instead of the tofu – partly because we didn’t have silken tofu and partly because we both like egg in fried rice waaay too much. I beat a couple of eggs separately, and after the veggie broth had evaporated, added them to a cleared space in the pan. Scramble and spread, and then add the soy sauce and carry on! My girlfriend originally made the most appalled, betrayed face when she realized that the cauliflower WAS the rice, but she ended up liking it a lot. Thanks for the deliciousness!

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