I have a confession … prior to my real food conversion, I absolutely loved Chinese food.
Yep … that MSG, fake salt, and high fructose laden Chinese food. I loved it and ate it much more often than I’d like to admit!
Once we gave up the junk food, I’d still occasionally wish I could eat Chinese food, especially shrimp fried rice, so I started experimenting with healthier versions. Like with most foods, the healthier versions can actually taste better if prepared well, so this will begin a series of healthy versions of my former favorite Chinese foods …
In place of soy sauce in recipes I’ve come up with two great alternatives: a homemade soy sauce that is soy free, uses real food ingredients, and tastes great, or store-bought coconut aminos. You can read about both options in this post and also get the recipe for my homemade version of soy sauce.
Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice Recipe (Gluten Free & Delicious!)
Yield 4 -6
A nutrient packed fried "rice" made from cauliflower!
- 1 head of fresh cauliflower
- ¼ cup sesame oil or coconut oil
- ½ cup fresh carrots, finely chopped
- 8 fresh green beans, chopped (optional)
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 2 TBSP naturally fermented soy sauce or coconut aminos
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 egg
- ½ lb fresh or frozen shrimp, peeled and with tails removed
- Use a food processor or chef's knife to chop the cauliflower into rice sized pieces.
- In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil or coconut oil until melted.
- Add the cauliflower and stir.
- Quickly chop the carrots and green beans.
- Add the carrots, green beans, and peas to the pan and continue to stir until vegetables are starting to get tender.
- Sprinkle the vegetables with the soy sauce or coconut aminos, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Move the veggies to the edges, leaving an open space in the middle of the pan.
- Drop the egg into the circle and leave for about a minute until starting to cook.
- Scramble the egg into the rest of the mixture.
- Add the shrimp and cook until just done.
- Serve immediately.
Did you know you can make your own healthy soy sauce?
Serving Size 1/4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.4 g
Saturated Fat 13.9 g
Cholesterol 126 mg
Sodium 893 mg
Total Carbohydrates 17.4 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Sugars 5.1 g
Protein 18.1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Are there any un-healthy foods you miss? Have you made healthier versions? Share below!