David and I travel a lot. The last thing we want to do as soon as we get home is go to the grocery store. But we also don’t want to eat out since we likely overindulged our whole trip.
This is why I was so happy to discover Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry in the frozen section.
This vegetable based stir fry has 5 net carbs, only 50 calories, and 2 grams of fat per serving. And it tastes about as close to fried rice as you can get considering its base is made from cauliflower instead.
To make it even healthier and more robust, I add a ton of other frozen vegetables to it. You can add whatever you like, but I usually add a whole bag of broccoli, half a bag of peas, and sometimes half a bag of corn or peppers and onion.
While eating fresh produce is always great, don’t rule out the benefits of frozen, especially considering its convenience. These benefits include:
- Vitamins are well retained, and sometimes even better preserved (such as with beta-carotene)
- Picked and frozen when ripe (as opposed to fresh veggies which are picked before ripe)
- Usually cheaper
- Easy prep (already washed and chopped)
- Lasts longer
Since all the ingredients for this meal are frozen, you can have them in your freezer at all time, no need for a last minute grocery store run.
No matter what, it’s a heck of a lot better than grabbing take out when you are in a pinch.
If you want to you can easily add protein as well. I often add a fried or scrambled egg but whatever you prefer will work (tofu, rotisserie chicken, left over steak).
All I do is add a generous drizzle of olive oil to my cast iron skillet and then add a whole bag of frozen broccoli. With the heat on high, I cook the broccoli for a few minutes, until it looks defrosted.
Then add any additional vegetables you like plus the bag of Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry.
Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until everything is hot, but not mushy.
Then add tamari or soy sauce, a pinch of salt and pepper, and some red pepper flakes if you like the heat.
Finally, if you want, top with any pre-cooked protein of your choice.
There you have it, a healthy, vegetable based meal ready in less than 10 minutes. And you can always have the ingredients in your freezer so it can be ready at any time.
As I mentioned, it is our go-to dinner any time we are returning home from a trip. We can always have the ingredients in stock whether we’ve been gone a couple days or several weeks.
This meal can be friendly to just about all dietary restrictions. It is naturally gluten, dairy, and nut free and can be vegan or vegetarian depending on if you decide to add protein and what kind.
I hope you like it!