Wish fried rice was rice-free? Has restaurant fried rice left you feeling nauseous, bloated, or stiff in the joints? That doesn’t happen with cauliflower. Ingredients such as soy, MSG, and even the starches in the rice can work against your fibromyalgia and chronic illness health plans.
Cruciferous veggie to the rescue!
Tempt your taste buds with a delightful and nutrition-boosting veggie instead – cauliflower. Dubious? You won’t know the difference. Really. In fact, you may even prefer it.
Shredded (or riced) cauliflower is very similar in size and texture to actual grains of rice. It can be added to soups, sauces, meat dishes, salads, smoothies and anything that can use a boost of nutrients.
It can also be the star of the show.
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Cauliflower contains plenty of vitamins including C, K, and B6. Folate, potassium, magnesium, and thiamin are just a few of the key nutrients found in cauliflower. I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet. For each 1 cup serving, cauliflower boasts 2.1 grams of gut-healthy fiber! (Compare that to a measly .6 grams of fiber in a cup of rice.)
For obvious reasons, inflammation-lowering cauliflower makes a great addition to any meal.
For even more nutrient info, check out this Cauliflower Health Benefits article.
Here’s another great tip.
While calories don’t tell the whole story of the differences between cauliflower and rice, it’s interesting to see these stats —
1 cup of cauliflower = 27 calories
1 cup of brown rice = 218 calories
Yikes! I don’t even have to ask you to do that math on that one.
Ready for Recipes?
The varieties in recipes are endless. Add-in your favorite veggies, mushrooms, herbs, seasonings, and healthy oils. Swapping coconut aminos for soy sauce is a great start.
Don’t make the prep too complicated. Shredding cauliflower is quite easy. Use a hand grater, a food processor, a mixer attachment or whatever works best for you. (I like to shred several batches at once and keep portions of it frozen and ready to use. It freezes beautifully.)
It’s also easy to find bagged shredded cauliflower at local grocery stores.
Here’s a few recipes to try!
Got a favorite add-in for your fried rice adventures? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.
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