Thursday, June 23, 2016
Food Review: Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower
When we were grabbing our usual stuff at Trader Joe's, I happened to see they had a bag of riced cauliflower by the bags of Brussels sprouts. I heard about this, especially with all the paleo recipes out there, but I knew I'd never take the time to run a head through a food processor. Besides, the Mr doesn't like cauliflower so I figured it was a no go. I held up the bag and said "wanna try it?" casually and he said okay so I threw it in the cart before it registered what he agreed to. But he does love his Chinese food and I thought if there was another way to get more veggies in at dinner without it feeling like it, then it was worth a try.
Here's the bag.
I had some fresh ginger and leftover white parts of scallions so I cut those up.
I added them to the riced cauliflower and steamed it for three minutes.
I had two servings of frozen peas going in the skillet and I added the cauliflower to it.
You could totally leave it that way after a few minutes of sauteing.
I had other plans.
I finished out the 3 tbsp left of the chili jam and gave it a stir. Looks just like fried rice, huh?
I put four ounces of chicken on top and sprinkled on some sesame seeds and we had a nice Chinese dinner!
I'd totally get it again. I probably wouldn't steam it first and would just saute it like the package says but I was afraid if there was any kind of toothiness to it that the Mr would wrinkle his nose at it. I would also use 2 tbsp of chili jam because I don't know if it was the bottom of the barrel or what but that shizz was HOT! I think the person who coined the phrase "fire in my belly" was eating chili jam at the time. But I like it hot so it wasn't bad but I know he likes it just a little less spicy than my furnace belly can take. I'll let you see what he thought in his comment.
So basically the pictured meal was 360 calories compared to 430 calories if I'd done a serving of rice and I got more veggie rice volume wise. So I would say go for it if you are looking to cut back on your rice consumption or just want a change of pace every now and then.
Of course this is Trader Joe's so snag it while you can...who knows when they'll yank it.
Have you ever used riced cauliflower as a rice substitute?
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