Life just got better with lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken. In fact I’m planning it again for next week!
Life is a constant struggle. It can be with marriages, family members, kids, animals, schools, government systems, money problems, blog issues and my personal favorite WEIGHT ISSUES. I would be one heck of a rich lady if I put a dollar in a jar for every time I said I was going to work out or start a diet. In fact I started a gym that is less than 2 miles from my house and they have yet to see me since I signed up. You could say in fact that I am giving them one hefty monthly donation. One day and one day soon I HOPE and PRAY to make it to the gym in my new workout attire. Yes, I bought new clothes in thinking that I would gain some aspiration for attending work out classes.
This past week I finally made the decision to change up some eating habits at home. If I wasn’t going to the gym at least I could start somewhere in the right direction. Don’t get me wrong because I will always and forever hold a love for bread, pasta, mexican food and sweets near and dear to my heart. I’m talking minor changes because I want to be happy and satisfied about meeting small goals that I have set for myself. One to two healthy meals a week for our family and then reevaluate. That is downright doable in my mind.
Now I am a huge fan of Chinese food, but is it healthy? Heck no! After listening to my sister in law talk about cauliflower rice, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make this lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken recipe. Talk about a big bowl of savory Chinese food that is healthier than the original version. SOLD.
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The oil I used with this dish is the picholine varietal. It pairs nicely with meats, soup, sauces and marinades. Not to mention its perfect for a sauté or roast. The balance of this cauliflower dish was very nice with the oils, vegetables and chicken.
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ENJOY ~ Meagan
Lightened fried cauliflower rice with chicken
1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Picholine olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped baby carrots
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
salt to taste
Place 1/3 cauliflower florets in a food processor. Pulse until you get little rice pieces. (Don’t pulse too much or it becomes too fine) Repeat until you use all cauliflower and then set aside.
Add 2 teaspoons picholine oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Then add chicken, peas and garlic to the pan. Cook for an additional 7 minutes. Remove mixture from pan and set aside.
Add the eggs to the pan and scramble with a spatula then add to meat and vegetable mixture.
While eggs are scrambling heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for 4 minutes.
Stir in the meat, vegetable and egg mixture.
In a small bowl combine the sesame oil, soy sauce and hoisin sauce and pour it over the cauliflower rice. Stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Top with green onions and salt as needed.
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