Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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For no good reason I’ve never been a huge cauliflower fan. However, I could probably say that about a lot of vegetables. While growing up it seemed I was always changing the top 2 vegetables I disliked the most!  I find that humorous since I was recently a devout vegetarian for 2 years.  Needless to say, during that time I riddled my diet with new vegetables regularly.  Some were completely new and unheard of (to me), and some were as simple as cauliflower.

So with that said, I’ve seen various renditions of  “cauliflower fried rice” recipes floating around Facebook and Pinterest for sometime now.  A friend encouraged me to make it, or perhaps test the waters, to see just how outlandish and weird this dish really was.  I am happy to report that not only is it super easy to make, it’s extremely tasty and satisfying!

It will be a perfect dish to make with random leftovers and lonely vegetables that need a purpose in life.  I say this in confidence because this is exactly what I did!

1T olive oil

1/2 onion (chopped)

4 garlic cloves (chopped)

Veggies (carrots/peas/broccoli/etc)

3c cauliflower (chopped finely in food processor)

4 egg whites (or 2 eggs)

3T soy sauce

Chicken (cooked-chopped-substitute any protein)

Kale (2-3 lonely stalks)

1) Chop the onion and garlic and sauté them in the olive oil, when they’re soft, add your veggies (fresh or frozen).

2) While the veggies are cooking, chop up the cauliflower.  I had to do this in small batches and there was still always a straggler or two that had to join the next batch.

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3) Now add the cauliflower, eggs and soy sauce.  It will cook for about 10-15 minutes.  I thought things looked kinda soupy for a while but that resolved completely.

4) Once things are pretty much done I added some leftover chicken my husband grilled last night.  I chopped that up along with some random kale leaves and continued cooking it until heated through.

5) Nom Nom Nom.

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Keep Herbs Fresh

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I freaking love cilantro.  I buy it impulsively.  After routinely watching it deteriorate in my refrigerator drawers time and time again I decided I was going to figure out how to prolong it’s shelf life.

 

I experimented with washing and not washing, airtight ziplocs, non-airtight ziplocs, encasing them in damp paper towels before storing in ziplocs. Yes I even purchased the fancy tupperware specific to storing herbs.  Ultimately, it’s a crap shoot.  Don’t spend money on how to store ’em, spend your money on fresh, organic cilantro and then perhaps use ’em.

Step 1:  Vigorously agitate your bunch of herbs in a large bowl of water.  Change the water as needed.

IMG_42882:  Shake/Towel dry.

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3:  Cut the bottoms.

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4:  Stick it in a glass, mug or vase of water.  Fridge or no fridge.  Seriously, just use it.

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Farm Fresh Organic Eggs

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These are my Organic Chicken Eggs.  Beautiful aren’t they?!

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Ever since I adopted a “clean” diet, chicken eggs have been a staple breakfast food item in my house.  I pretty much eat an organic egg scramble everyday.

But you’re wondering:  Where do I get my organic eggs?

I am so lucky to have a farmer, nurse friend who has chickens and I buy them from her.  If you don’t have a farmer friend, check out your local farmer’s market. If you don’t have a local farmer’s market you can find organic eggs at your local grocery store.

However, learn your brands.  Don’t be fooled or taken advantage of!  Find out if the “cage free” eggs are also “organic” and if the “organic” eggs are also “cage free”.

This follows the same thought process you use when learning that “Light” and “Low Fat” labeling does not necessarily ensure a healthier product.

Labels can be so deceiving.  I get so angry when I think about how I’ve been tricked into thinking a company values their food quality, and the process they use for making it, when in fact, they’ve just twisted their marketing to make me think they do.

Hope this inspires you to take a look at something as simple as your egg choices in the grocery store.  Try some Farm Fresh eggs when available.  See if you can taste the difference.  See if talking to a farmer that knows and takes care of those chickens makes an impact on your choices.  But most of all, eat clean and healthy my friends!

Organic Egg Scramble

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My whole life I have been an huge fan of cereal for breakfast. Quick… Easy… Tasty… Healthy? Perhaps a little, if it wasn’t laden with so many carbs and sugar. Satisfying? Honestly, maybe for an hour or so… But soon after, I’d be hungry again.
After I “cleaned” up my diet, cereal wasn’t located anywhere on my lists of “clean” foods. Instead it was on the long list of over processed, over sugared and unfulfilling foods.  How was I ever going to satisfy my hunger pains?

Would you believe I found my solution in something as simple as scrambled eggs?  Committing to making scrambled eggs on a daily basis for breakfast was a little daunting.  I mean wasn’t that going to be a time consuming endeavor?

Not when you make it easy and routine:

While heating up a pan with some coconut oil in it I dive into the fridge for my organic egg whites, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes and cilantro.

After my egg whites are about 70% cooked I slide them over to one side of the pan and put about 1/2c cottage cheese in.  The eggs finish cooking and my cottage cheese is warm and melty. Mix ’em together and throw some tomatoes in.  I love cilantro so everything is better with a bunch of cilantro in it.  Done. Eat. Go.

Cleaning My Plate

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In March 2012 I started “eating clean.”  In order to do this I had to give up processed foods and sugar.  Essentially, it brought the foods I was eating down to their bare bones.

Why did I do this?  Sticking to brutal honesty, it started as a way to lose fat and slim out my figure.  But lets look beyond vanity…it truly turned out to be one of the healthiest decisions I’ve made so far!

After sugar was removed from my system every bit of food that entered my mouth tasted better.  The food itself tasted sweeter!  I learned how to fuel my body, and it’s an everyday choice to keep the fuel clean and healthy.

The recipes I post here can also be found on my Pinterest board:

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