I got the idea for “rice” made from cauliflower from Well Fed- my favorite new cookbook as of late. I was skeptical, as I’m sure most of you are, but after a short whirl in the food processor and a little stir fry in the cast iron, the cauliflower really did resemble a grain dish. It was more like cous cous in my opinion, but Shrimp Fried Cous Cous doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like Fried Rice does. Serves 1-2.
1/2 head cauliflower
1/4 lb. shrimp
Juice from half a lime
2 Tbsp Gluten free soy sauce
Cajun Spices (paprika, cayenne, garlic all to taste)
2 large carrots
1/2 white onion
Green onions for garnish
Peel shrimp and place in a bowl along with 1 Tbsp olive oil, juice from 1/4th of a lime, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, cajun spices, salt and pepper. Mix well and allow to marinate.
Break up cauliflower head into florets and place into food processor. Pulse food processor 10-15 times for 1-2 seconds each until cauliflower is all broken up into tiny “rice” granules. Place “rice” into microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. This preps it to be stir fried without turning mushy.
Heat pan with 1 Tbsp olive oil and add diced onion and diced carrots. Allow to cook and soften for 5-7 minutes. Add in shrimp, cooking on each side 2 minutes (if shrimp are not pre cooked they may take longer).
Finally add in cauliflower, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and cajun spices and stir continuously until everything is well mixed and heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Squeeze fresh lime and garnish with green onions or cilantro.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go saute up some kale, squeeze in a workout with a friend, and if we’re being honest, probably polish off that leftover chili dip.
How did you celebrate the superbowl? Did you enjoy all the typical indulgences or keep things a little lighter?