Coriander and Ginger Cauliflower Rice with Garlic Chilli Prawns for a 5:2 Diet Fast Day:
There are certain recipes that are doing the rounds at the moment for those of us following the 5:2 diet. We all try to find ways to enjoy our 5:2 diet fast day meals. Some of the ideas I’ve seen around include all sorts of things with Shirataki noodles, a pizza substitute made with a Warburtons flat bread that has been nicknamed the Wizza, courgette ‘spagetti and tagliatelli’, cauliflower rice and a cauliflower crust pizza. I’ve tried and like the shirataki noodles, though they seem to be something of an acquired taste. And I love courgette tagliatelli or courgetti. I’ve been curious about the cauliflower rice for a while now, ever since I saw a version on Jac’s blog. But, grating all that cauliflower? Although I have a food processor it’s a bit of an effort to get it out for one meal and I more generally use my stick blender. So, it was the arrival of my ‘Slica’ that prompted this particular experiment.
The trick with cauliflower rice is to find some complementary seasoning. Jac’s 5:2 diet recipe is a lovely concoction of spices. But I wanted to be able to eat my 5:2 day ration of prawns with the rice and so I decided to create the kind of savory rice I might normally enjoy with an Asian meal. Only using cauliflower instead of real rice, seasoned with ginger, garlic and coriander (cilantro if you are in the USA). It is remarkably low in calories and my very large portion last night actually made me feel very full. In fact I believe ‘cauliflower rice’ originated with the paleo diet, where people avoid eating refined foods of any sort (e.g. white rice or flour). Paleo followers use coconut oil rather than any other kind, and, had I any coconut oil in the larder, I might have tried using that instead of the sunflower oil in my recipe. I’ve also been told by some others following the 5:2 diet that you can make cauliflower rice in the microwave – just by seasoning and then zapping the cauliflower for a minute or two and that it works equally well if you dry fry it (which would save another 40 calories!). But by the time I’d posted my own version, obviously I’d already cooked it!
I promise this cauliflower rice tasted as good as it looks – and I will be making it again. Once you’ve added spices or herbs, the cauliflower flavour is quite subtle. I rather like the idea of a cauliflower and almond pilaff because the texture is quite nutty and I think the flavours would complement each other very well.
This particular version WITH oil to fry the cauliflower is a little over 200 calories for a very generous portion
Definitely worth trying yourself for a 5:2 diet fast day or even if you are on any other kind of low calorie or low carbohydrate diet – and the fun thing is that you can experiment with the seasoning you use with your ‘rice’ to make it your own. I spotted someone saying they’d added a bit of egg to make ‘egg fried’ rice – delish!
Oh and just in case you are worried about all that grating, you might be able to win yourself a Slica on my blog
I’m linking this up to Emily’s recipe of the week linky because everyone seems to like this particular idea!