My husband has been very supportive of my decision to “go Paleo”, but I know he sometimes misses the really good stuff- the comfort foods I used to cook much more often- homemade pizza, pasta, naan bread, fried rice. I miss it too! But a few days ago we made fried rice together that was so similar in flavor and texture to the “real stuff” that we were both happy and satisfied.
1 whole head cauliflower
1 0.5 lb chicken breast, tofu (tofu is not paleo) pork chop or steak fillet
1 egg, beaten with salt and pepper
5-6 crimini/white mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper,
1 tsp Chinese five-spice
Sesame oil, to taste
Rice the cauliflower in a food processor (or by hand, very easy to do if you don’t mind a coarser texture).
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and fry the beaten egg in a little coconut oil (or cooking oil of your choice, as usual). When it’s thoroughly cooked, remove from the skillet and slice it into thin strips. Use the still-heated skillet to saute your mushrooms.
Cook your meat or tofu of choice on the stovetop (a George Foreman grill is another easy option), and cut into small chunks or strips.
Using a cast-iron skillet for best results, heat 1-2 tbsp coconut oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes and then add the riced cauliflower. Stirring every 30 seconds or so, cook for about 5 minutes until beginning to brown/become translucent. Add in the meat, mushrooms, onions, and egg, and stir well, continuing to cook for a few minutes. Add your spices to taste, and drizzle the sesame oil over the top just before you remove it from the stovetop.
The flavor and texture are fantastic, and of course this recipe can be tweaked and altered to meet your own expectations of perfect fried rice!