Being that hubby is Asian, he has the strong preference of eating rice three times a day! That is NOT an option any more. Poor man. I can’t imagine! Last year I posted about my hubbies significant health issues and diet changes that ensued. We have continued with the changes and have added additional restrictions as we’ve been dealing with our kids allergies as well.
However, Brian’s triglycerides and cholesterol were high… something that is VERY commonplace these days, unfortunately. However, his were not just borderline high, but EXTREMELY high. I’ve worked in the healthcare industry (as an RN) for over 10 years and I’ve never seen numbers that high, either before or since then. Our Dr. put him on some supplements, but told us that diet change was going to offer the most help! Of course I was concerned by the lab results and I know hubby was concerned as well, but since I’m the primary cook I knew it was going to be a change for the whole family. I was actually excited about it! I LOVE change (I know I’m not the norm). I find it exciting, challenging, new, different and not the mundane! I was so excited to find new recipes. Try new things, start using new ingredients. Not only that, but it would also hopefully improve the health of the whole family!
It has been quite a trip and I’m still recipe hunting, changing, exploring and testing! Most of the time it turns out ok… most of the time! This of course is one of the successes (I only post the successes – benefit to you!)! This new chapter in our lives as a family was one of the main reasons I wanted to start the blog. I knew there were other people out there who had significant allergies and were also trying to find new recipes that were tasty and healthy and would fit within the constraints of their diets. I really want this blog to fit that group of people!
So anyway… WHITE RICE was a staple in this home. That was not easily changed! We still will have some brown basmati rice on occasion or [amazon_link id=”B0036FB6FY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]quinoa[/amazon_link] as a substitute. Still not the white rice that, hubby, especially, knows and loves. We try to be as grain free as possible, but we aren’t 100%. I still think it’s important that on occasion hubby gets to enjoy some of the ethnic foods he grew up with.
Fried rice was one of our favorites and it was hubby’s specialty. Every time we made it people would rave over it. Everyone wanted the recipe and if we were coming to a potluck, his fried rice was requested! Things have changed!
I wanted to offer Brian another option that he could enjoy and learn to love (hopefully). I hoped he would enjoy it enough that we could use it as a substitute without too much teeth pulling! It worked! He really enjoyed it! Even though it wasn’t the traditional fried rice with lots of white rice and sugar, it was still a hit with the whole family. It is quickly becoming a new staple!
Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 head of cauliflower
½ lb sausage
2 TBSP chopped ginger
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 small carrots
2 large handfuls of snow peas
2 TBSP fish sauce
2 TBSP [amazon_link id=”B001AYEUH4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tamari[/amazon_link]
[amazon_link id=”B003QDRJXY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]coconut oil[/amazon_link]
- Coarsely chop cauliflower and put in food processer
- Pulse until the size of rice
- Put small amt oil in wok and melt then add cauliflower
- Cook until tender – about 10 minutes
- Remove from pan
- Cook sausage then remove from pan
- Melt another tablespoon of [amazon_link id=”B003QDRJXY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]coconut oil[/amazon_link] into pan and saute carrots for about 2 minutes
- Add onions, garlic and ginger.
- Saute until tender.
- Add rest of ingredients and stir until well mixed
A fried egg over top is GREAT if eggs are on your diet!
So there it is! Give it a try! Let me know what you think! My mom and dad tried it not too long ago and they really enjoyed it as well!