So…two weeks ago I was in California. I was taking in the Los Angeles area…I was doing the whole Disney thing…I was running a 10K and Half Marathon injured…I was fighting aches and pains the rest of the time.
On our last full day in California, my roomie and I got into our rental car after saying good-bye to our friend Tanya, and took a long drive down to San Diego. What was in San Diego? Apollo 9. Duh!
And a taco stand that my roommate fell in love with in 2015, when we stayed in San Diego for one night en route to Hawaii for a marathon I was unable to run (due to a stress fracture to my leg three (3) days before). She was eager to return…maybe try something else…maybe redo the tacos that she fell so in love with. But…there was nothing safe for me there…so she scouted out a Thai food place just around the corner. They had an amazing gluten-free menu (almost everything)…but with my body hating me after I put it pushed it through races being held together with KT Tape and ACE Bandages, the Anti-Inflammatory Stir Fry Bowl really caught my eye.
It was simple…yet delicious. Broccoli & shitake mushrooms stir-fried in a warming seasoning paste made with peppercorns and turmeric. It was served over Thai red rice. And it was amazing. It was a HUGE order…but I ate it all. And I felt good about it. And I kept talking about that meal…so I knew there was something to it.
And so…when I got back home, I set out to recreate it. It wasn’t perfect, but it sure was delicious. And as I had some riced cauliflower on hand…instead of cooking up some brown rice…I gave it a go.
Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Stir Fry Bowl
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets (or one bag of cauliflower rice)
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 12 ounces broccoli florets
- 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
**Chop head of cauliflower into florets and place in food processor. Pulse until it starts to resemble rice; set aside.
**NOTE: If you want a less-mess, no maintenance way of doing this, go to Trader Joes, Kroger, Target, or pretty much ANY grocery store these days and they have bags of already riced cauliflower in their produce section and even in the freezer section. I do this…because food processors are a pain to clean! So, skip the first step if you cheat and get the already riced cauliflower.
Line a large skillet with 1/4 cup water and add cauliflower rice. Cook until softened.
Line a skillet with 1/4 cup water and add ginger paste and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add in mushrooms and broccoli. Cook until the broccoli has turned bright green and the mushrooms have softened.
Add turmeric and black pepper. Stir until everything is well coated.
Place half of the cooked cauliflower rice in each bowl. Top with the broccoli and mushrooms.
One great thing about this dish, all the seasoning means no salt needs to be added. The dish is amazingly filling and so good. The turmeric and black pepper are the perfect anti-inflammatory blend. I intend to make this dish more often. It’s simple…yet…so flavorful! Don’t miss this one!