Rice Alternatives for those on Low Carb or Paleo Diets
I've been a big advocate of low carb diets for close to a decade. I've followed them on and off and have achieved great results in terms of dropping body fat over the years. When people ask me what I eat, nine times out of ten they tell me they could never live without rice or potatoes. Until recently, my response was generally somewhere along the lines of 'suck it up princess', however I've recently discovered an amazing rice alternative that tastes amazing, fills you up, is super low carb yet has negligible calories.
You have probably eaten this food thousands of times in your life and have never once considered it a starchy food, you may not even like it in its natural raw form. This food contains only 24 calories in 108g worth of food. This food, this amazing rice alternative is your good friend.... Cauliflower.
But Cauliflower isn't a Rice Alternative?
If you are talking about cauliflower becoming a rice alternative in its raw form, I'd have to say you are correct. However, if you process it properly, it contains most of the same features and textures that rice does. It is a great filler, it is great for absorbing flavors and when cooked right, tastes amazing.
Thing You will need to Make my Low Carb Rice Alternative
In order to make cauliflower into a rice alternative you are going to need a few things.
- A food processor (magic bullet or blender work well)
- A frying pan
- Some spices (red and green currie paste work great)
- 6 good sized florets of Cauliflower (roughly 108g)
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
How to Cook Low Carb Rice Alternative?
First things first, get out your food processor and take your cauliflower, and blend it until its pretty much a paste. You will probably have to blend it one floret at a time.
Next heat up your frying pan just below medium heat on your stove. Throw the shredded cauliflower into the frying pan optionally with a bit of olive oil and your spices. Use a wooden spoon and mix the spices in and gently mash the shredded cauliflower with the spoon. Let it cook open for 10-20 minutes depending on whether you want it a bit crispy.
Quick Recipe for this Rice Alternative - Cauliflower, Extra Lean Ground Beef and Eggs
Prepare the above low carb rice alternative then add 100g of extra lean ground beef to the frying pan. Cook the ground beef until nice and brown.
Once the ground beef has been browned, move the cauliflower and beef to one side of the frying pan and toss two eggs on a clean part of the pan. Cover the pan with a lid for a little over a minute or until the eggs are completely cooked. Remove the beef and rice alternative, then put the eggs on top. This tastes just like a delicious beef and potatoes skilled with a side of fried eggs! Sprinkle a tiny bit of Romano cheese on top for extra flavor and you are ready to eat!
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