Happy New Year my Primal friends!
With the Christmas festivities over and the start of a new year, it’s time to get back to our Primal ways, which for some, can be quite difficult – especially if you over indulged over Christmas time! But let’s not beat ourselves up too much, ay?
One of the most difficult things about getting on track for some people is the idea that they have to give up their favourite foods, which for some, takeaway food is their go to meal on the weekend. Which by the way, is so incredibly bad for you! I’m here to tell you though that you simply don’t need to give up your favourite foods. Living a Primal lifestyle is all about making it work for you. Otherwise it wouldn’t be called a lifestyle!
Let’s take Chinese food for example. It’s one of the most popular takeaways out there but to no surprise, it’s packed full of grease, sodium, fat, calories and CARBS. Before going Primal, I would often indulge in a takeaway with my family every so often. It happens. Now however, whenever I’m craving a takeaway (which isn’t very often actually now that my ways have changed) I make my own by switching things up and making it healthy! Believe me, it’s not that difficult and nor does it lack in taste.
So the idea with this recipe is that although you’re now living a Primal lifestyle, you really don’t have to give up your favourite foods – just simply make them healthier, more natural and more organic. This recipe is definitely a cheat from the classic Chinese chicken fried rice. Of course the original recipe is packed full of fat and CARBS but with my recipe I’ve reduced the amount of both by using healthier choices such as cauliflower rice (bye bye CARBS), a touch of extra virgin olive oil – instead of vegetable/sesame oil which is often used in Chinese cooking – and a healthy dose of avocado.
To some, many people believe that sesame oil is indeed a healthy choice. I mean, it comes from a seed, so why wouldn’t it be? Wrong! Sesame oil and other seed oils for that matter, are mostly dangerous because of how their oils are extracted. The method is less about nature and nurture, and more about science, technology and highly toxic processes. While our body thrives on olive oil, coconut oil and fats from meats, seed oils are often chemically extracted, bleached and deodorised in a way that just isn’t safe for human consumption. Not to mention that their Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratios are out-of-kilter by as much as 1000:1. Crazy!
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t 100% positive how this recipe would turn out. Could I really whip up a Primal and Paleo friendly recipe that replicated the taste of a very popular Chinese takeout dish? Well yes, apparently I could. Not to blow my own trumpet but this may be one of my favourite recipes on the site! Of course the egg really makes the dish but the choice of veg and flavouring really works a charm. I also love the addition of the avocado. This and the protein of the chicken will really leave you feeling satisfied after – making it the perfect evening dinner dish!
Give this recipe a go and let me know what you think!
Primal Rating: 9/10
Healthy Chicken Fried Avocado Rice
A healthy take on your classic, grease ridden, Chinese takeaway dish. Less carbs, less calories, less fat and more goodness!
- 1 cauliflower head blitzed in a food processor until crumbly
- 3 regular chicken breasts cooked, diced and organic
- 2 tbsp spring onions
- 1 small white onion diced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce low sodium
- 2 large eggs beaten and organic
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 large avocado cubed
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 tsp salt
- sprinkle pepper
In a pan/wok add together the oil and soy sauce and fry over medium heat. Add the onion and spring onions and mix together with the sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes until the onion has browned.
Add the rice, pepper, chicken and frozen peas and mix together with the onions and sauce. Cook for 5 minutes before moving all ingredients to the side of the pan and adding the eggs and mixing together with the rest of the ingredients whilst they cook.
Cook for a few more minutes before adding the avocado and then serve up.