Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mock Fried Rice--Kid Approved

I found this You Tube video for mock "fried rice" on my friend Teri's You Tube channel  
I've been trying to find more carb free or lower carb alternatives to some of my favorite foods.  I was struck by the idea of using cauliflower, it would pretty much lend itself to the flavors of soy and oyster sauce.  I remember making "mashed potatoes" with cauliflower back in the day when I was doing Weight Watchers.
This is a very easy recipe that can be adapted to your own tastes or your own recipe for Fried Rice.

Mock Fried Rice

1 medium head of cauliflower
1/2 an onion
small clove garlic chopped (optional)
1Tbsp soy sauce or to taste. You might want to start with just a couple of teaspoons and add more.
1Tbsp oyster sauce or to taste
1tsp Hoisin sauce
1/2 C frozen green peas
2 eggs scrambled
1-2 green onions sliced
1-2 strips bacon chopped
small piece lean Chinese barbecued pork chopped
salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the stem and leaves off the cauliflower and section into florets.  Using a food processor add a few florets at a time and pulse until the cauliflower is finely should resemble rice.  Continue with the remaining cauliflower.

 Slice the onions and add the onions,garlic and bacon to a heated frying pan.  Saute the onions, garlic and bacon until the bacon is cooked. Discard all but about  two teaspoons of grease.  Add the chopped pork and saute for a couple of minutes.  Add the chopped cauliflower and saute for a few minutes.  Add the soy, oyster sauce and the hoisin sauce.  Combine with the cauliflower mixture..taste for seasoning.  Cook until the cauliflower is cooked, about 5 min. over med. heat stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  While the cauliflower is cooking heat another small frying pan and scramble the eggs.  Add the eggs to the cauliflower mixture along with the green onions and peas.  Heat through and check for seasonings.  Serve immediately.
This really does taste like regular fried rice.  My youngest granddaughter loves rice so she was my guinea pig
She ate three helpings of this fried rice.  It went over well with all the kids so it has been given the thumbs up and is kid approved.
You can make this a vegetarian version by leaving out the meat or you can use chicken instead of the bacon and pork.  Of course you can add any type of vegetables you like..bok choy would be good as well as mushrooms or bean sprouts.  This is my standard fried rice recipe so I just went with it and I really love how it turned out.

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