Healthy Basil Cauliflower Fried Rice
Is your New Year’s resolution filled with healthy food habits?
Try my new recipe for this Basil Cauliflower Fried Rice for your
next takeout craving!
This recipe for Basil Cauliflower Fried Rice is naturally vegan and gluten-free optional, yet can be easily modified based on your food preference. Some tasty protein add-ins can be any type of meat, shellfish, tofu, or even an egg!
Stay in the Game
Like most of us, we end up breaking our New Year’s resolution by the time it started. There are ways to stay strong! Making our commitment more measurable and realistic is a good start. For example, if you plan to eat healthier this year, that may be too general. Let’s be honest, we all eat unhealthy at times and there is nothing wrong with that. As long as we let our healthy habits outweigh our junk cravings we are still being normal, healthy individuals. So, to focus on healthier habits, why not say include more fruits and vegetables in my routine or eat a vegetarian meal at least once a week. This is much more achievable and the odds are you won’t be falling off track with your goals.
For more amazing tips on how to prevent those overindulging cravings, read this excellent article by my academy (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) here.
Why not try incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet for a healthy challenge? Increasing your intake has been shown to reduce risk for chronic diseases and aid in weight loss. Thanks to the nutrition powerhouses that they are, fruits and vegetables are high fiber, vitamins & minerals, and have fewer calories per serving. These are all good reasons for being so beneficial. Try adding more fruits & vegetables in your next pasta dish, serve with a main entrée protein, or toss in a soup or salad. Are you up for the challenge? Check out this Eat More Veg Challenge from my favorite magazine, Eating Well, written by Registered Dietitians!
In this Basil Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe…
First off, this recipe is so speedy! Rice is not in this recipe, so instead of waiting up to 40 minutes (like watching paint dry) this recipe only takes 20 minutes or less. If you prefer other vegetables, please feel free to substitute. In addition, the basil gives a delicious aromatic flavor to the dish. So, please try fresh basil if you can! This recipe is vegan, but can be easily made with other proteins. To make this recipe gluten-free, make sure to use Tamari that is certified gluten-free in place of the soy sauce. The flavorings and sauce I used for this recipe are adapted from my older recipe for Curried Tofu and Rice Noodle Stir Fry.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or 1 tablespoon coconut oil for flavor)
- 2 small bok choy, chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, trimmed then finely chopped
- 1 cup carrots, peeled & finely chopped or shredded (both for great texture); about 2 carrots
- 16 ounces cauliflower "rice" (can make from a medium head of cauliflower in food processor)
- 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced with stems removed
- 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2-3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (use Tamari if gluten sensitive)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice (or rice vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium high heat.
- Saute the bok choy, pepper, and carrots until slightly soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower rice and mushrooms, saute until softened, about 3 -5 minutes.
- Toss in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute extra.
- Stir in the basil leaves and sauce, continue stirring evenly until well combined about 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
- Optional: additional fresh basil leaves for topping
This recipe makes a great base for your favorite proteins! Try steamed shrimp, baked tofu, chicken, or a fried egg on top!