By Loryn Stone
What’s the big trouble, you ask?
Unhealthy Chinese food, that’s what!
One of the most interesting challenges of the KETO diet is (definitely) figuring out how to make the foods you love in a new, creative, and not sugar-coated-gluten-starch-murder-body-hell kind of way. And sadly, not only is a lot of Mexican food out (damn you, beans/rice/tortillas/corn chips/everything delicious for being so orgasmic) but sadly, much Chinese food is off the table as well. Typically, soy sauce is brewed with wheat and has a substantial amount of carbohydrates. But I found a brand of soy sauce that is gluten free and tastes exactly the same as traditionally brewed soy sauce.
(Except its dicks-expensive. Fewer ingredients. More money. Swell)
Much like in the movie Big Trouble in Little China, one of my favorite Chinese food dishes is Lo-Pan. Second are those delicious walnut shrimps in sweet mayonnaise sauce. And don’t even get me started on how much I used to love going out for Dim Sum at Ocean Seafood in Los Angeles’ China Town.
But we are KETO strong! We are fighting the fight and healing our bodies. We’ve got this, and we will succeed! And you know what? You can still have delicious Chinese food!
You just have to be a little creative to keep yourself out of Big Trouble.
KETO Beef Fried Rice
- Steak marinade (Rice vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, ground ginger, gluten free soy sauce, canola oil, sesame oil if available)
- 1 pound of flank steak
- Chopped vegetables (carrot, mushrooms, celery, red bell pepper)
- 3 eggs
- Extra soy sauce
- 1 pound of riced cauliflower
- ½ stick of butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix up the ingredients for the steak marinade until the flavor is balanced and creates about ½ of liquid. Measurements are about 3 TBS of oil and 1 tsp of vinegar. You don’t need much of it. Sesame oil is delicious and even lime juice for a fresher flavor. Sky is the limit, just consider flavors that complement each other. Press the steak into it. Let it soak in there while you chop up the vegetables.
In a medium sauce pot, cook up your cauliflower rice. Put the riced cauliflower in the pot with ½ stick of butter and salt/pepper to taste. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the cauliflower. Bring to a boil and cook with the lid off for 30-40 minutes until all the water is evaporated and the cauliflower rice is totally dry.
Grill your marinated steak to your liking, about 7 or 8 minutes per side for medium. Let it rest on a dish or cutting board.
Meanwhile, sauté your chopped vegetables in about 1-2 TBS of hot oil, about 10 minutes until they’re tender. Salt and pepper to taste, but don’t go crazy with the salt. We’re going to be adding soy sauce, after all.
Add your cooked cauliflower rice and sauté it all to warm through. Add your three eggs and continue to cook until the eggs are done. Lastly, add soy sauce to your liking, anywhere from 1-3 TBS typically does it.
Cut up your steak and combine it with the rest of the fried rice. The reason we cooked the meat separate from the rest of the ingredients is because when you’re dieting, you really want the food you eat to have as much bold flavor as possible. It keeps your mouth excited and ensures you’ll stay on track. Grilled, marinated flank steak is one of the most delicious foods out there and tastes absolutely delicious.
Even in our own KETO version of Little China.
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