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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)
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!