It’s too hot to turn on the oven or even the cooktop to make dinner here. Maybe where you are, too? Cauliflower Fried Rice is on the menu this week. Light, quick to prepare, yet filling.
I first had Cauliflower Fried Rice at a cooking (or uncooking, as it may be) class at PuraVegan in St. Louis. Monica is a dynamic teacher. Like me, she is a certified Nutritional Education Trainer and really knows how to make raw vegan meals appealing. My first culinary certification was in Raw/Living Foods but I was spending a lot of time prepping those meals, a lot of time dehydrating and cutting vegetables. In one class, I learned four dishes from Monica that could be made in under 30 minutes. She changed how I look at raw vegan meals. (That said, I am not eating a raw vegan diet or even a high raw vegan–80% raw–diet. I like warm food on cooler days.)
In the years since, I have modified PuraVegan’s version of Cauliflower Fried Rice to make it work for our kitchen. I’ve added more veggies and an option to spice it up a bit. I’m so excited to share it with you today because I am certain you will enjoy it, too. It’s a main dish here, but it would make a nice side dish or a salad to take to a potluck.
As always, a few ingredient and equipment notes:
- If spice is your thing, by all means add Sriracha to the top. Or go crazy and get some Gochujang, but make sure it’s gluten-free.
- If you are striving to eat raw, you’ll want to use raw sunflower seeds. I like the flavor of roasted ones better.
- If you are eating raw, you’ll probably want to use Bragg’s aminos or coconut aminos as opposed to a gluten-free soy sauce.
- If you live near a Trader Joe’s, they have cut little package of fresh English peas. These are wonderful in this dish and you’ll need a couple of packages. Otherwise, any fresh or frozen peas, thawed of course, will work.
- I use a Cuisinart food processor to “rice” the cauliflower and have heard from others who simply use a box grater. Let me know if you try the grater method and take good care of your fingertips while doing that!
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