Thursday, January 8, 2015

cauliflower "fried rice" from the folks at Goop

I feel as though I should be apologizing for this post on so many levels.  Two uber healthy recipes in a row..., the photos I took look pretty gross..., it's not even my recipe..., and YES, I subscribe to Gwyneth's Goop on a regular basis.  It is what it is, and frankly, this is good.  I made it for dinner last night, to pair oven roasted salmon, and it was absolutely delicious.  Mr. Butter loved it, and we both stuffed our faces without feeling too guilty.
Just to be clear - this recipe is taken directly from the folks at Goop.  I've come across several versions of "cauliflower rice" over the last few weeks as everyone scrambles to lose a few holiday pounds, and this one looked the best.  As per the usual, I added a few ingredients to suit my own taste - which is exactly what I suggest that you do as well.

Cauliflower "Fried Rice"

1 medium sized head cauliflower, cleaned and broken into large florets
1 teaspoon(ish) grapeseed oil (coconut oil would also be good) 
2 teaspoons (ish) toasted sesame oil
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 pint mushrooms ( any variety will do) diced
pinch of red pepper flakes  (this will add a bit of heat)
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 garlic clove minced
sliced scallions to taste (i used about 6 )
1 head radicchio cut into thin strips
a few splashes of gluten free tamari -  or you can just use regular soy sauce
1 lime
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped


To make cauliflower rice, pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor about 10-15 times for 1 second each time. You want the cauliflower to look like fairly uniform pieces of couscous or quinoa.
In a large sauté pan, heat grapeseed oil and toasted sesame oil over medium high heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the zucchini begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
Add the cauliflower "rice",  radicchio, ginger, garlic and scallions, and sauté for another 2 or 3 minutes.  This will allow the cauliflower to soften and absorb the flavors of the other ingredients.
In the meantime, whisk together 1 tsp of lime juice and 1 tsp soy sauce w/ a splash of toasted sesame oil. This will be a little dressing of sorts. 
Remove the pan from the heat.  Spoon the cauliflower mixture into a shallow bowl. Drizzle the lime dressing over the cauliflower mixture and sprinkle w/ roughly chopped cilantro.  There you have it.  You can enjoy this warm, or cold, as a side dish to accompany chicken or fish.  Always remember, you can adjust the seasoning ( lime, cilantro, soy,  etc...) to your personal taste.  Enjoy! 

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