Spicy Orange Cauliflower with Cauliflower Fried Rice (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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These recipes are the result of a week-long effort at avoiding carbs.  I am trying to shed a few pounds fast and, since carbs make up most of my regular diet, I thought cutting them out for a bit might get me some quick results.  So far, so good – and I haven’t missed the carbs at all because I have gotten very clever at using cauliflower to masquerade as (among other things) pizza dough


& tortillas (which I also used as mini pizza crusts)


hot dog buns


mashed potatoes


and fried chicken (while chicken is not a carb – it is always off my diet so this recipe pleases me especially).


These faux buffalo wings are pretty great, too!


At any rate – this faux rice made of grated cauliflower topped with spicy orange cauliflower is pretty delicious & nearly guilt-free.  And vegan!  And gluten-free!  And EASY!  So TRY IT and watch your ass lose mass in real time.


Spicy Orange Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower – cut into florets

2 cups orange juice

6 TBS soy sauce

4 tsp ginger

6 garlic cloves – minced

4 TBS Mirin

2 TBS brown sugar

6 TBS sriracha

2 TBS cornstarch

Garnish: sesame seeds and/or scallions and/or chives and/or cilantro



Steam the cauliflower for 5 minutes or roast it (tossed lightly in olive oil) at 425 for about 15-20 minutes.  Test that t is tender but don’t cook it until it gets mushy.  Set aside.

Heat the orange juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, mirin, brown sugar, sriracha to a boil.  Whisk in the cornstarch & simmer until it thickens – which should take less than five minutes.  Add the cauliflower & stir to coat.  Set aside on low heat.



Cauliflower Fried Rice


1 head cauliflower

1 small bell pepper (red is prettiest) – diced or slivered

3 carrots – shredded

1 small onion – diced

1 cup peas

1 TBS olive oil

2 TBS soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil



Grate the cauliflower with a grater or the grater blade of your food processor (a far less messy option).  Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok.  Add the vegetables & saute about 5 minutes.  Add the soy sauce & sesame oil.  Stir to blend.   Once these vegetables are tender – add the grated cauliflower.  Stir to blend.  Test the cauliflower for readiness but it should soften in less than five minutes.

Serve with the warm, orange cauliflower & garnish as you will.  Devour with abandon & laugh at the Gods!


One thought on “Spicy Orange Cauliflower with Cauliflower Fried Rice (Vegan & Gluten Free)

  1. Testiffy!! DEBLIMPIFY!!!! (then get wine and pie?) Sadly my disease is outpowering the amazing foods and I’m still a Weeble (go head knock me down… o wait ya can’t!) But at least I’m FEELING human. Love this recipe.. mucho wicked gusto and stuff. Just had a flashback of Gail’s dinners when we were ankle biters. First good cook I met!


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