Cauliflower “Fried Rice”

You guys. I’ve found the recipe. Definitely my most favorite healthy recipe I’ve made so far and I’m sharing it with you today!

One of my favorite meals in the whole world is Fried Rice. I love going to hibachi restaurants. Ask my husband, it’s my favorite kind of food.

My Fitness Pal told me that 1 cup of hibachi chicken, rice, and vegetables was over 500 calories. Who only eats one cup of this goodness? Certainly not me. Because I could eat hibachi rice, vegetables, and chicken any / all of the time, I knew that I needed a substitute.

Hello Cauliflower “Fried Rice”!

I looked at a few different recipes before I really found what I wanted. I don’t have them linked, but search for it on Pinterest and click the first few recipes that pop up.

Here’s what you need: 
1 Head of Cauliflower
Chicken Breast (I had 2 large chicken breasts)
Lite Soy Sauce
Olive Oil
Sesame Oil
2 Eggs
Minced Garlic
Salt + Pepper
Zucchini + Mushrooms (or broccoli, or any combination of vegetables

Here’s what you do:
Rice cauliflower in food processor. Set aside. If you don’t have a food processor you can grate it on a cheese grater or chop it up really fine. Either way works.
Chop vegetables, set aside
Beat 2 eggs, set aside.
Cut Chicken into 1 inch pieces, set aside
Heat a drizzle of olive oil + 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a nonstick pan or wok on medium high heat
Season chicken with salt + pepper.
Cook the chicken in the oil until it’s cooked through.
Remove the chicken and set aside.
Add a drizzle of olive oil back into the pan and throw in vegetables.
Stir Fry vegetables until they are warm, but still firm.
Add in 2 Tbsp soy sauce, or how much you need to taste it.
Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
Add in a drizzle of olive oil + 1.5 tsp of sesame oil
Throw in the riced cauliflower.
Stir Fry the cauli until it’s tender. This is where your experience of going to hibachi restaurants will kick in. I had a wooden spoon in each hand! This took me probably 10 minutes.
Once the cauliflower is tender, push the cauliflower to the sides of the pan clearing a space in the middle.
Scramble the eggs in the middle of the pan, then incorporate into the cauliflower.
Stir Fry the eggs and cauliflower until they are well mixed, then add in 5 Tbsp of soy sauce, or how much you need to taste it.
Throw the chicken back into the mix.
ENJOY!

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It seems like a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it! In all, this probably took me 30 minutes to make. I will definitely be making it again. Probably once a week. That’s how much I loved it! This recipe made enough for dinner one night and left overs the next night.

I wish I had photos along the way as I was preparing this dish. I’m working on my food photography!

Let me know if you try it! – JJ

*you could probably do this without the sesame oil if you want to. I don’t think sesame oil is completely Ideal Protein friendly. Because it’s such a small amount, I thought it was okay. It just gives it that extra little something that I need in my hibachi. 

What Would You Like To Know?

I’m brainstorming blog ideas for this little blog. I think it might be a fun idea to ask you, the reader, what you’d like to read. The goal behind this blog is to encourage. Encourage ME to keep going and make good choices, but also encourage you to tackle every day with a positive attitude and find the joy in everything.

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Before I started this journey this summer, I had A MILLION questions and I’m so thankful that people took the time to consult with me and talk me through it. I want to offer the same service to you.

What would you like to know? I’m opening up the floor to questions about my journey, what I’ve learned, what I’ve gone through, and anything else. If you have any burning questions or want to hear my opinion on weight loss and life let me know in the comments or private messages.

I can’t begin to describe how important the verbal processing part to a life change journey is. Once you get the questions / doubts out of your mind, you’ll be surprised at what you can do!

I always say that we’re all in this together because we are. I know that I couldn’t do it without a strong support system. I’m here for you! – JJ

Reflecting on the Past 11 Weeks

I am in my 12th week of Ideal Protein. I honestly can’t believe that 11 weeks have come and gone. I can remember being in my 3rd or 4th week thinking double digits (week wise) was so far away and that I’d never get there! I haven’t been perfect during this time period, but I’ve grown in more ways that I even thought was possible.

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Prior to starting Ideal Protein at the beginning of June, I was in bad shape both mentally and physically. I wasn’t myself. My unhealthy laziness had, over time, seeped into every area of my life. I seriously lacked drive, energy, and self confidence. I was confident in a few things like God loving me no matter what, that my husband unconditionally loved me, and that I was not happy.

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I can honestly say that Ideal Protein has changed my life. I’m very thankful that I didn’t let doubt and insecurities stop me. Throughout my journey there has been a lot of ups and downs. Successful weeks and unsuccessful, weak, weeks. We can take it a step further and have successful days vs unsuccessful days. I’ve come a long way since June 3rd. It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been the best thing that I’ve ever done.

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The first leg of my journey, we’ll call it the honeymoon phase, was exciting! It was fun to challenge myself to do something new and see if this could actually work. Now, I’m in the second leg of my journey. It’s not as fun and exciting. It’s hard. It’s a lot harder than my first few weeks.

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You start to bargain with yourself with thoughts like “You’ve done so well! You can have a cheat night and order a pizza. You deserve pizza.” I thought that once I really got into the IP rhythm my temptations would go away. That my new routine and lifestyle would be so strongly ingrained in my mind that I wouldn’t want food I can’t have.

It’s been the opposite. I’m figuring out that you have to be even stronger than you were in the beginning! That’s not something that I saw coming. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but I’m thankful that I’m learning it. I see myself at a new crossroads now. Either I can quit and go back to the way I was, which I vowed would never be an option, or I can challenge myself to higher standards.

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Even though the cheats that I make are significantly better than any normal day I used to have a few months ago, that’s not good enough for me anymore. I’m mentally ready to tackle the temptations and stick closely to the system. I want to be better than I am today. I want to keep making progress both mentally and physically.

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I hope that you’re encouraged by this. I can feel myself becoming motivated again just by sitting down and reflecting. If you’re just starting your journey, then keep it up! If you’re further along in your journey, then continue grinding it out and know that you’re worth saying no to the temptations, and message me with tips on how to survive after the honeymoon phase! We’re all in this together! – JJ 11844924_10204967335364948_5045959912398335531_o

Try This: Rutabaga Fries

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I don’t think I’ve ever spelled Rutabaga correctly before. Thank God for spell check.

I first tried Rutabaga Fries a few weeks ago. I mean they aren’t real french fries, but they’re definitely a great low carb substitute.

I’ve also tried jicama fries. I like them both. I think I like Rutabaga fries better because they’re a little cheaper than rutabagas. Just my preference!

Let’s dive in! I’ve adapted my recipe from this recipe from food.com.

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees
  2. Peel and cut the Rutabagas like you would a potato
  3. Place cut rutabagas into a bowl and coat with olive oil
  4. Line baking sheets with foil
  5. Line up the rutabagas in a single layer and season fries with your choice of seasonings. I mixed sea salt and Mrs. Dash herb + garlic and then sprinkled it over the fries. 
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes
  7. E N J O Y.

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(This was Luke’s plate from our lunch. He’s not following Ideal Protein so he got to eat sweet potatoes… hah!)

Let me know if you try them! – JJ