As a normal human being, I find it extremely difficult to take weight loss or diet advice from someone who appears to have been thin their whole entire life; someone who seems so only needs to put work into tone or build muscle. This is a completely normal & common feeling. I must first start by saying that although I enjoy cooking, I am in no way a professional chef. I’m a Size 14, on a mission to lose weight. Just a normal girl, cooking recipes from the internet in her kitchen – then talking about it.
So as a part of Pocket Manchester’s January health kick, I’ve been trying all the latest trends in healthy eating. I’ll be cooking, eating & reviewing absolutely everything. So whether you’re in it to lose weight or just out of curiosity – stay tuned.
Okay, so Cauliflower Rice. First thoughts? Absolutely not. I love carbs, I could eat nothing but pasta and rice all day every day. But seeing as so many diet coaches seem to be swearing by the new craze, I decided that I would give it a try.
I spent a few hours looking into how to make Cauliflower Rice, which is surprisingly easy if you have a food processor. I, however, only have a blender (turns out, not the same thing) & the only alternative is to stand in my kitchen & grate a whole Cauliflower. So I ‘cheated’. I bought a pack of ready made Cauliflower rice (which already included coriander – bonus) from Aldi for under £1.
I would also like to point out that I love Aldi & everything I used in my recipe was from there for well under £10.
If you would like to learn how to make your own Cauliflower rice, click here.
The Actual Recipe.
You Will Need:
- 1 sealable plastic bag. (I used sticky sandwhich bags)
- About 400g of prawns – whatever kind you like. (I prefer smaller ones as they take longer to eat & feel like you have more food)
- 3tsp of garlic & ginger paste. (If you prefer fresh garlic & ginger use 1tsp of garlic & 2tsp of ginger)
- Crushed red pepper – to taste.
- 1tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup of Honey (I used Honey with Lemon)
- 1/3 cup Light Soy Sauce
- 1 Onion
- 115g Green Beans
- 1 Bell Pepper (Any Colour)
Stir the Honey, Garlic, Ginger, Soy Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper & Olive Oil into a jug.
Put all of your Prawns into the plastic bag with half of your sauce (you may want to add your onions at this stage too) & put the bag inside the fridge for 15 minutes.
Use this time wisely – prep your veg & clean up after yourself – you’ll thank me later.
Try to cut your Peppers & Green Beans to around the same size, so they cook at the same pace.
If you’re cooking your own Cauliflower Rice, it’s about now that you’ll want to pop it into the oven. If you’re using the ready made stuff, you don’t need to heat it until nearer the end – so don’t panic.
Next, you need to heat up your Wok. I used Olive Oil flavoured Fry Light.
Pop your Peppers & Green Beans into the Frying pan & give them a few minutes to fry on their own. Then, take your prawns out of the fridge, pop then in & stir the sauce through your veg, adding your Onions next.
Fry it all together until your veg is just how you like it, then add the rest of the sauce you made earlier.
While your Prawns finish cooking, pierce the film lid on your Cauliflower Rice & pop it in the Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes (make sure you read the instructions if you’re not using the Aldi one).
Once your cauliflower rice is ready, you can serve it all up.
To be honest, I didn’t think I would be even remotely full after not having any carbs with my food. I’m not going to pretend it’s texture is exactly the same as Rice, but after mixing it with the sauce, I wouldn’t have guessed it was Cauliflower. As for the sauce, WOW (if I do say so myself). I struggled to believe it was a low-fat dish.
The Honey & garlic sauce was absolutely stunning, something I definitely intend to use again. Something you can do is mix and match it with chicken, just veggies or even Quorn & Tofu. Cauliflower rice is something I would definitely use again too, there seems to be an endless list of uses for it on the internet.
Cauliflower Rice Recipes – Would try again.