The other night I had some great Fried Rice and it was completely OK for my Keto Diet!
It was Cauliflower Fried Rice! The cauliflower is cut up in small pieces that look like rice. It also had mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, egg and perhaps a few other veggies that I have forgotten! For the protein we used shrimp.
In the video below, you can see Australian Chef, Pete Evans, making Cauliflower Fried Rice. Pete is into the Paleo diet/lifestyle. Paleo and Keto are very similar, the biggest difference that I can find is that Paleo does not allow dairy, while Keto does. So, don’t be thrown off when they talk about Paleo, because that is fine for Keto too!
The fried “rice” was really great. Even all of my family – wife, and kids – really liked it and they are big rice eaters, being Asians! I told Feyma that I liked it at least as well as regular fried rice.
Cauliflower is quite expensive here in the Philippines, but it is worth it for the great health advantages! I really loved this dish! If you like Fried Rice and miss it on Keto, give this a try, it gets my thumbs up!
Paleo allows sweet potatoes, honey, cashews and other higher carb, natural foods. They are “no’ on all grains and legumes, and usually dairy. Keto shoots for moderate protein intake and a high ratio of fats, while Paleo doesn’t worry about those numbers. Once a person has a healthy pancreas and has lost the weight they want to lose, Paleo is a very good way to add in healthy carbs and maintain good healthy!
I mean health! 🙂
Hi Luanne, from everything I see, most of these low carb diets are quite flexible in that you can actually eat most anything that you want, but you have to eat in quantities that meet your macros. Want to eat something with carbs? Just don’t eat much of it! 🙂
I am at the point where I eat probably 5 grams of fewer of carbs per day now, and I am fine with that. It is working well for me.
Great thing about this cauliflower fried rice is that it fits in perfectly for Paleo, Keto or whatever “niche” of the diet you want to follow.
Interesting; pellet-sized cauliflower. I remember that cauliflower on had 5g of carbs, but only 3g net carbs because 2g of those carbs are fiber. I wonder what tool, other than a wood chipper, would make those pellets, though.
I hate when I run into recipes that claim that they’re “HIGH PROTEIN”, and forget that they are extremely high in carbs too. Look at this photo; that’s definitely one of those. Unfortunately there are really a lot of people who believe EVERYTHING they read on the internet and actually think that if it isn’t true, it can’t be posted on the internet (makes me wonder who they think owns the internet…). Anyway, the bacon is high protein, but Brussels sprouts, like all members of the cabbage family are extremely high in carbs, and, even worse, complex carbs, the things that make all gassy foods gassy.
If you remember the old game show “The Match Game”, the host, Gene Rayburn had to explain to the TV audience about an inside-joke the panel was laughing about. It had something to do with cabbage, and he said “Every seasoned actor/actress knows to NEVER eat any member of the cabbage family before going on stage”.
They’re as gassy as beans; possibly worse because simmering beans with a bit of kelp will break down those complex carbs which are the culprits – I don’t know if that same trick will work with a green vegetable or not.
I had an unwritten rule that I derived based on how certain foods made me feel. Quite a few products have both Protein and Carbs. I would always stay away from anything that had either equal amounts of Protein and Carbs, or more carbs than protein. If I had to eat something with both protein and carbs, I tried to make sure that there was at least twice as much protein as there were carbs.
I learned, over the course of the diet, that, the actual proportion of carbs to protein determined whether or not the carbs had an adverse effect on me or not. If I had consumed a meal that was extremely high in protein, the carbs wouldn’t bother me at all as, apparently, my body simply ignored them.
The other thing I noticed was that starch carbs were MUCH worse than sugar carbs. I think that might be why the tortilla got you sick. Starch first robs the body of energy being converted to sugar, and, then, the sugar robs the body of even MORE energy being digested (or, even worse, causes the body to use insulin to process it). It’s like a 1-2 KO punch.
Cabbage high in carbs? I’ve never heard that before, it’s always said to be a low carb item. I just looked it up cabbage has for net grams of carbs per 100 grams of cabbage. That’s very low.
It depends on what you’re looking at. Brussels are higher in gross carbs than cabbage; they’re 11g of carbs of which 2g are sugar and 4g are fiber, so net 7g. But, they only have 4g of protein. Plus, they ACT higher in carbs than they really are because of the complex sugars. Cabbage is the other way around. 7g of carbs with only 3g of fiber, and the remaining 4g are sugar. Plus, the protein is only 1.5g. So, it depends on which low carb diet you’re on.
On the high protein version, both of these can really mess up your diet. However, on the South Beach version (I think that’s the name), cabbage and Brussels are totally fine.
The numbers don’t look high, but, in comparison to the amount of protein, neither one looks good, but, if I had to choose, the Brussels sprouts are only 1.75:1 net carbs to Protein as opposed to 3:1 with cabbage, plus the Brussels have half the actual sugar and twice the fiber.
But, I don’t think the numbers are accurate because the complex carbohydrates that cause the gasiness, while they still are carbs, usually aren’t counted in the conventional nutritional charts – it’s the same with beans too. The numbers make beans look like a high protein, low carb food, but they’re not, and they can easily knock you out of ketosis.
There are a number of foods like that. Peanut butter, based on the numbers looks great, but, there’s something hidden that’s not being counted because people who relied on peanut butter for their main protein source didn’t do well on the diet – some of the newer books even mention that. I’m going to have to figure out what is actual in these foods that’s not being counted; it’s like with the sugar alcohols (and regular alcohol); neither shows up on the charts as a carbohydrate, but they all act like one.
Okay, here’s where we’re getting different numbers. I forgot to look at the other members of the cabbage family.
Bok Choy (which, strangely, is listed as a cabbage) or Pet Tsay (alt pronunciation over there – the first name is Cantonese for “White Vegetable”) IS VERY low in carbs; maybe 2g total, of which, most is fiber. The same is true of NAPA Cabbage; 2g, Both have virtually no sugar.
The cabbage I was referring to was the “Corned beef and cabbage” variety; green or red cabbage. Red cabbage is actually even HIGHER in carbs (but makes up for it by being higher in other nutrients as well – that purple food thing); not surprising since veggies that taste sweeter tend to have higher carbohydrate levels; hence Red and Yellow bell peppers (Capsicum) taste sweeter than Green ones, and are much higher in carbs.
But, with cabbage, it seems that Western cabbages (includes Europe) are high in carbs and sugar; Eastern cabbages (Asia) are VERY LOW in carbs, and in sugar, and are mostly fiber. I’m guessing this might apply to all of the PetTsai varieties too. Oh, the danish cabbage is showing 45g of carbs – OUCH.
The pickled Japanese cabbage jumps back up to 9g, probably due to the effect of the sugar and vinegar (like with pickles). The chart didn’t know what KimChi was, even in the ethnic foods category. Lame. Just checked, and vinegar does have some carbohydrates, and, even the ones with 0g of actual carbs are still considered to be “effective carbs” because they have the same effect on the body as a carbohydrate would.
Beans are high in carbs, but the charts refuse to list how many grams are sugar because they’re too busy pumping them up as HIGH PROTEIN, HIGH FIBER sources :p . Most are between 10% – 30% fiber carbs (Hmm, surprise, a cranberry is considered a bean).
Yeah, this was the ONE THING I didn’t like; all the conflicting data. Every special interest group has their own nutritional chart that says something totally different than the other ones… :p