Fried rice is one of my favorite dishes but I've skipped it for years because it's such a carb - heavy dish that never leaves my body feeling good.
Up until now.
I know cauliflower rice has been a huge craze but i'll admit I'm not really a fan. It's a lot of work for something that doesn't taste anything like rice.
Instead of regular rice or cauliflower rice I used Banza chickpea "rice" instead or regular rice. Regular rice is pretty high in arsenic so I don't use it often. Here's the comparison between brown rice and chickpea "rice"
Banza: 11g protein, 5g fiber, 25g net carbs
Brown rice: 3g protein, 2g fiber, 36g net carbs
Overall, the Banza chickpea rice is much more filling and has more protein and fiber and less carbs to blunt the blood sugar spike and crash that comes with traditional fried rice.
I'm not attached to any one brand so feel free to play around with different rice alternatives!
Banza chickpea "rice" or alternative
3 teaspoons avocado oil, divided
4 green onions, chopped (white and green parts separated)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
2 large carrots, diced small
¼ cup soy sauce or coco aminos
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 large eggs, whisked
¼ cup roasted cashews, chopped
Sea salt, to taste
Optional: shrimp or chicken thighs
Cook chickpea rice according to directions and set aside.
Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the light parts of the green onions, the garlic, and ginger. Let them cook for 2 minutes. Add the diced carrots, coco aminos or soy sauce, and chili flakes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add the peas and sesame oil to the pan and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and the peas are warm.
Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and pour the remaining teaspoon of oil into the center and let it warm. Pour the eggs into the pan and scramble them. Once they are cooked stir them into the veggie mix. Sea salt to taste and stir in the remaining rice, green onions, and cashews.
I made this recipe with chicken thighs mixed in and it was delicious!!