“It’s not actually rice,” says the Trader Joe’s frozen Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry package. “It’s cauliflower, cut into very small pieces, resembling short grain white rice.”

Joe’s onto something.

Plain refrigerated or frozen “riced” cauliflowers are a dime a dozen. But Trader’s jazzes up its cauliflower crumbles so they can go from freezer to fried rice stand-in within minutes. Make that stand-out! The green peas, red peppers, grilled corn, tamari, scallions, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic see to that.

Just sauté the bag’s contents in 2 Tbs. of oil for 6 or 7 minutes, until the “rice” browns lightly.

Each serving (about ½ cup cooked) ends up with 100 or so calories, 190 milligrams of sodium, and 7 grams of carbs (2 of those grams are fiber).

Want a meal? Add sautéed chicken, tofu, scrambled egg, or shelled edamame plus broccoli, cabbage, or other veggies.

No Trader’s nearby? Try Whole Foods 365 Fried Rice-Style Riced Cauliflower. Or sauté Green Giant Cauliflower Medley (unseasoned riced cauliflower, green peas, onions, carrots, and scallions) in oil and a dash of reduced-sodium soy sauce.

All three can wait in your freezer until you’re ready to pump up the veggies and dodge the refined carbs in fried rice.

Faster than takeout? You betcha.

traderjoes.com—(626) 599-3700

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