Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cauliflower "Dirty Rice"

Cauliflower "Dirty Rice"

1 small head cauliflower, whizzed to a rice-like consistency
1/2 large zucchini, diced small
1/2 onion, diced
1 very large chunk ginger, grated
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 dashes cumin
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 tablespoon mixed herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil)
4 tablespoon coconut oil
water as needed
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 fistful parsley, chopped
Prepare all the vegetables. In a fry pan pour in 1/2" of water and add the coconut oil. For the first 5 minutes heat the onion, garlic and ginger; then add in the cauliflower and let simmer a few minutes. Add in the zucchini and let continue to simmer till zucchini start to soften. Add in the seasonings and after 5 minutes turn off the heat. Finally add the tomatoes and parsley, but if not serving immediately, do not stir so that they retain their rich flavor and bright uncooked color.

For this recipe I spooned adzuki beans over my "dirty rice" as a special treat. However, the minute I tasted the adzuki beans I new that this experiment wouldn't be repeated. They tasted very sweet which means they're high in carbs. And just to check, I went online, and sure enough, 25 grams of carbohydrates in just 100 grams of beans. Yikes, for the person with candida. Otherwise, adzuki beans are a very good and nutritious choice.


another 'heavy on the vegie' super ... centerpiece: cauliflower "dirty rice"

Cauliflower "Dirty Rice" w/ adzuki beans
Adzuki beans, based on 100 grams of beans (128 calories)
the percentage is based on the DV (Daily Value)
25 g carbohydrates (?%)
7.3 g dietary fiber (78%)
121 mcg folate (30%)
532 mg potassium (15%)
168 mcg phosphorus (17%)
52 mg magnesium (13%)
2 mg iron (11%)
.57 manganese (28.5%)
1.78 mg zinc (12%)
American children typically do not ingest enough potassium, manganese or dietary fiber, so the adzuki beans are a great source for all these three difficulty spots. Kids might even like them as they have some natural sweetness too and can be prepared the Asian way which is to frequently cook them with coconut milk or, when sweetened, used to top shaved ice desserts with the beans, pieces of fruit, and other "sweet" things like condensed milk. Mmmm, thinking of this Korean dessert - 팥빙수 - makes me think it'd be very doable. Must think about how to substitute to get the creamy milky flavor ... but hey, it's possible I know!

I still don't know how what the glycemic count is for the 25 g of carbs, but according the DV, 300 g is the recommended amount for people on a 2,000 calorie diet. Hmm, that doesn't tell me much. I'm such a math idiot.

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