[center]Rice for Fatties (And Former Fatties Like Me) [/center]
It’s iffy, that rice stuff.
Some people can eat it with no worries of fat gain or bloat. Others can’t. In fact, all grains (and rice is a grain, just like corn) seem to make some folks body-fat retentive. They never really get abs-on-display lean until they ditch the agrarian crops.
My opinion on rice? Well, it’s better than bread, pasta, and other flour-filled carbs. And unlike all those fakey, dyed-brown, “whole grain” products out there pretending to be health food, at least rice really is a whole grain. For what that’s worth.
My general rule of thumb is this: If you have trouble losing fat and staying lean, try going 100% grain-free, even getting rid of rice. If you have no issues losing fat and keeping it off, well, I still think anything made with cereal grains is best avoided, but if you can handle a little rice, then go for it (and this may depend somewhat on your ethic background.)
For those of us who like to keep grains out of our diets, here’s an alternative to rice that’s not only low in carbs and calories, it’s a potent cancer fighter that gets its own page in Dr. Jonny Bowden’s excellent book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Nice.
As a bonus, the celery added here has been shown to contain a phytochemical called phthalides which lower blood pressure and may reduce stress hormones.
Now, let’s make some “nice rice.”
[center]Cauliflower ‘Rice’ [/center]
1 head of cauliflower, trimmed and chopped
1 onion, diced
1 cup of celery, finely diced
4 tablespoons of coconut oil (olive works in a pinch)
Dash of pink sea salt
If you have a food processor, toss in your cauliflower and give it a whirl until you get rice-sized pieces. Careful, don’t make mush out of it by overprocessing! No food pro? Then you and your 8 inch chef’s knife have some choppin’ to do!
Toss your oil and onions in a pan over medium heat for 10 minutes or so, until the onions are soft.
Add celery and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add cauliflower “rice” to pan, cover, and cook until soft, about 5 or 10 minutes.
Add salt and serve.
Enjoy! – Chris