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Nothing Says Friday Like a Glass of Sangria with a Good Meal

Romantic dinner for one? Don’t mind if I do!

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Sangria and Tulips!

While usually I would prefer having someone with me like my boyfriend or best friend, but when you live alone you dine alone. But just because you dine alone do you have to cook lazily because you haven’t got anyone to impress! I personally love to plate my meals as best as I can just to see what I am capable of.

And because I have bad memories of the first time I tried to plate something.

–          It was my first time in a professional kitchen with my class and we made vanilla bavarois with raspberries. Everyone else in my class had such an elegantly looking plate while mine looked…. Like shit. The teacher even pointed me out from the crowd and mocked me.

Since that time, all I’ve wanted to do was make my food presentable.

Cauliflower Fried RiceNow although my plate doesn’t look the best, I am pretty sure the meal looks grand! I got the recipe from here.

Ingredients
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed (or fresh)
  • ½ cup frozen organic corn, thawed (or fresh)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 sweet pointed pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice as instructed on box (for me that was 8 minutes in boiling water).

  2. Remove outer leaves of cauliflower. Soak and rinse cauliflower. Drain and dry. Grate the head of cauliflower over the course side of a large grater. This should yield about 2½ cups of rice like cauliflower.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the onions, sweet pepper, and garlic and cook until onions are translucent. (approx. 3 minutes)

  4. Add the riced cauliflower and soy sauce and cook for three minutes. Add the cooked brown rice, corn, peas and sesame oil and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.

  5. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a leafy green or green beans.

If you’re wondering – my green of choice was broccoletti! I just blanched it in boiling water for 2 minutes and then ran it under cold water rather than ice.

At my apartment I do not have any circular forms to create perfect circles for a dish (such as rice) so I just used my spatula to smooth out the edges of my nicely formed circle on my plate. That is why there was a bit of yellow on the plate.

Cauliflower Fried RiceThis was a delicious meal which looked both appetizing and tasted it. Best of all it was incredibly easy! The hardest part would have been grating the cauliflower and that in itself is simple.

So this meal is a 10/10! You should definitely try it. And if you’re not doing so already, follow the OrdinaryVegan! I follow her on Facebook and that is how I got this recipe. There are many delicious recipes to find on here.

If you do make this, then enjoy!

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