You want rice with that?

12 Jun

Rice. One of the deadliest enemies in your fight to stay on a low carb diet. Yes you want Chinese or Thai takeaway or whatever (love love love that you can still make takeaways work for you on this way of eating) but how tempting is that side of rice – especially when your other half has no qualms about devouring it next to you?! Green curry or chicken and cashew nuts just doesn’t seem right to me without rice to balance it out and mix it in with. But there is a way around this!

Armed with the trusty cauliflower try the below ‘rice’ dish for size – while I started it as an accompaniment dish, it soon evolved into a dish of its own with the inclusion of other ingredients (and great for taking to work the next day for lunch etc!), but you can of course simply omit the extras and do it on its own (or maybe stirring an egg into it to replicate egg fried style…

As the riced cauliflower goes in...

Savoury ‘Rice’

You will need…

Food processor (seriously, so not worth doing this the manual way, your knuckles would never survive!)
1 Cauliflower
1 Green Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Onion, chopped
4 Mushrooms, quartered
1/4 pack smoked sausage, sliced (I used Mattessons)
Halloumi Cheese (about quarter of a pack, cubed)
1 tomato, chopped
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce

Chop the cauliflower into small chunks and use the grating blade of the food processor to grate until the whole cauliflower has been used.

Next take a large wok or saucepan and soften the chopped onion in a blob of butter – add the chopped bacon to it as it softens so that the onion takes on some the flavour of the bacon.

Add a dash of sesame oil, then add in the mushrooms, peppers, cheese and sausage so it’s all sizzling nicely.

Next, tip in the whole grated cauliflower and stir until all the previous ingredients in the pan are mixed in. Add more sesame oil (this is a major factor in taking away the usual taste of the cauliflower, so I am fairly liberal with this) and mix in. Add a couple of splashes of soy sauce to taste in addition of this (however, do note that the ‘rice’ will take on some of the colour of the soy sauce, so for appearances sake you may decide to limit this, or add more for increased flavour – up to you!

Reduce the heat and leave to steam / reduce for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in the chopped tomatoes and stir for a further five minutes

Serve and enjoy!

Volia - the end result... who needs carbs!

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3 Responses to “You want rice with that?”

  1. Tes June 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    It looks yummy. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Papunette June 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Nice one, you give me inspiration, especially now that my boyfriend is taking his exclusion diet towards carbo-free! Let s experiment!

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