Last night I decided to have a couple of friends over for a little cooking party. Our dish of choice: Cauliflower Fried Rice. Getting together with friends to cook a delicious meal is one of my favorite past times and getting to have that same enjoyment cooking something we all knew was healthy, that made it even better! Before my friends arrived I methodically laid out all the ingredients, utensils, and supplies we would need. I am a bit OCD so there was no way I was going into this unprepared. I even made sure that we all had cute aprons to wear (I regret that we did not take any pictures.) I also set up a few healthy “snacks” for us to eat while we were cooking (celery, carrots, healthy spinach/kale dip and wasabi peas.) The jew in me still needed to feel like I was providing my guests with something upon their arrival, god for bid anyone should cook hungry!
I hadn’t attempted this recipe (it was a referral from my mother) so before embarking upon it, I was seriously concerned that it might be a difficult feat; after all I was going to have to magically transform cauliflower into rice! But, with the recipe in hand, we dove in head first. We divided and conquered on the tasks and with all the laughing, story telling, and catching up that was happening before we knew it we had finished! The whole process felt like it flew by in the blink of an eye. The recipe as described by my friend Lisa, was “easy” and we all agreed that we would definitely make it again.
Caveat: The hardest part was shredding the cauliflower but that was because I have a VERY small food processor so I had to keep emptying and refilling. If you have an ordinary, normal sized food processor, you will be fine. (Note to family and friends reading: if you are looking to get me a gift to show me how much you love me, a food processor would be wonderful.)
Now, let’s talk about the taste. It was absolutely delicious and truly tasted like fried rice! We decided to add chicken to ours as our added protein which was the perfect combo and was extremely reminiscent of a traditional fried rice. In fact, one of my friends arrived a little late and when we were eating and saying we couldn’t believe how much the cauliflower tasted like rice, she responded: “Wait, there is no rice in this?” That was like music to my ears. I 100% think that mothers could serve this dish to their husbands and kids and that they would not even know that they were not eating rice. We all commented on how starchy it tasted and it was very filling.
Go and make it now! Throw your own cooking party and let me know in the comments section below what you think of the recipe.
*Next time I will take more pictures, we got so preoccupied with catching up that we forgot to document the process!