Filipino Cauliflower Rice

Recipe

Skipping rice? Try this healthy cauliflower rice substitute! The crispy garlic, onions, soy sauce, and calamansi tastes deliciously Filipino. Enjoy this dish with vegetables and chicken.

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 12 mins Total Time 22 mins Course Side Dish Cuisine Filipino Servings 2

Equipment

  • skillet
  • optional: blender or food processor

Ingredients  

  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 onion medium size or 1 shallot
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 cups cauliflower (minced) or 1/2 a cauliflower head
  • 1 handful of chives cut diagonally
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp calamansi juice or lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Heat skillet on medium high heat and add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook until browned. After, add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, add the cauliflower and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally then add the chives.
  • In a small bowl, mix soy sauce and calamansi (or lemon) juice. Next, add half the mixture into skillet and mix evenly*. Cook for 2 more minutes.

Notes

Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower before cooking for best results. *Put the remaining half in a small bowl when serving rice. I minced the garlic by hand using a knife. You can use a food processor to mince the cauliflower.  Optional ingredients: chicken, carrots, celery, crushed red pepper, egg, etc.

Keyword calamansi, cauliflower, chives, garlic, green onion, lemon, olive oil, onion, pepper, salt, soy sauce

Try this simple and healthy recipe if you are skipping rice. Cauliflower is so versatile that you can use it as a rice substitute. The browned garlic, soy sauce, and calamansi juice make this recipe utterly Filipino!

fresh green onion and knife on white table
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Healthy Cauliflower Rice Filipino Style!

Ingredients for Healthy Cauliflower Rice Filipino Style!

  • garlic – cook until browned and crispy for maximum flavor.
  • onion – use a 1:4 ratio of onion to cauliflower
  • olive oil – use extra virgin because it is heart healthy.
  • cauliflower – mince cauliflower with a knife for a homemade style, as the pieces will be irregular. You can use a blender or food processor to save time.
  • chives – adds color and flavor to your rice
  • soy sauce – browns your rice and also adds flavor
  • calamansi juice – you can use lemon juice as well. Calamansi and soy sauce is a classic Filipino combination.

How to Use Healthy Cauliflower Rice Filipino Style Recipe

I haven’t tried these but you can add scrambled eggs or use it in a vegetable chicken stir-fry.

Breakfast: Crack open an egg and scramble while cooking cauliflower rice.

Lunch: Add chicken, carrots, celery, and mushrooms for a healthy stir fry.

Healthy Cauliflower Rice Filipino Style!

Skipping rice? Try this healthy cauliflower rice substitute! The crispy garlic, onions, soy sauce, and calamansi tastes deliciously Filipino. Enjoy this dish with vegetables and chicken.

  • skillet
  • optional: blender or food processor
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 onion (medium size or 1 shallot)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 cups cauliflower (minced) (or 1/2 a cauliflower head)
  • 1 handful of chives (cut diagonally)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp calamansi juice (or lemon juice)
  1. Heat skillet on medium high heat and add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook until browned. After, add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Next, add the cauliflower and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally then add the chives.

  3. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce and calamansi (or lemon) juice. Next, add half the mixture into skillet and mix evenly*. Cook for 2 more minutes.

Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower before cooking for best results.

*Put the remaining half in a small bowl when serving rice.

I minced the garlic by hand using a knife. You can use a food processor to mince the cauliflower. 

Optional ingredients: chicken, carrots, celery, crushed red pepper, egg, etc.

Side Dish
Filipino
calamansi, cauliflower, chives, garlic, green onion, lemon, olive oil, onion, pepper, salt, soy sauce

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Carolina Gold Tofu

Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 50 mins Course Main Course, Side Dish Servings 2

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients  

  • 1/3 cup olive oil or canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce add more or less depending on your preference

Instructions 

  • Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.
  • Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.
  • Add salt and pepper to tofu.
  • Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**
  • Coat tofu with Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.
  • Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

Notes

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high. **Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Keyword glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes

Trader Joe’s Inspired Golden Glazed Tofu

Make glazed tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Use olive oil, tofu, salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce to make this easy recipe. Serve with fresh vegetables and rice.

  • skillet
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (or canola oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce (add more or less depending on your preference)
  1. Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.

  2. Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.

  3. Add salt and pepper to tofu.

  4. Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**

  5. Coat tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.

  6. Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high.

**Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Frying tofu is chaotic sometimes. Cook times vary because of varying oils and heat settings. I used olive oil in this recipe to keep it healthy. I also did not deep fry the tofu for the same reason. Cook the tofu however you want it. The rule of thumb is to cook it until golden brown. 

 

Main Course, Side Dish
glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes