Zesty Bok Choy Cauliflower Rice delivers a flood of fresh flavor and nutrients! Spicy or tame, this dish has your name written all over it!
Baby Bok Choy
Say hello to my little friend. Okay it sounds much better when Al Pacino says it! But it’s true that baby bok choy, my newest culinary friend, comes to the table with its nutritional guns blazing.
Since my surgery I have been trying to flood my body with as many nutrients and antioxidants as possible. As a result I am feeling great and I don’t want this feeling to end. I’ve really opened up to trying new food.
Variety is the spice of life, and I know that if I don’t change up my personal menu I will start choosing fewer healthier options. Enter baby bok choy.
Baby Bok Choy is a cruciferous veggie. Sometime referred to as Chinese cabbage. It has gained a reputation for being one of the top veggies for nutrient density. That means that calorie-for-calorie you are getting more nutrients than with the average vegetable.
The Joy of Bok Choy
It is packed with vitamins A, C, and K. One cup provides over 100 percent of your RDA of vitamin A and 75% of vitamin C. Also loaded with heavy hitter minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. The list goes on.
Here are some of its super powers:
- Contains antioxidants which reduce inflammation by protecting cells from free radicals;
- Helps treatment and prevention of cancer;
- Boosts the immune system;
- Promotes eye, skin and hair health;
- Strengthens bones.
Baby Bok Choy Versus Adult Bok Choy
Is there a difference? Yep! I first started using baby bok choy in my Bounce Back Detox Juice. I prefer baby bok choy over adult bok choy because it has a milder and sweeter flavor. The texture is also tenderer due to its young age. With its impressive list of nutrients I knew I wanted to find other ways to get more of it in my diet.
Zesty Bok Choy Cauliflower Rice
So I used one of bok choy’s equally impressive cohorts as a base: cauliflower. Cauliflower rice to be specific. (To see all that cauliflower has to offer check out my post for Cauliflower “Egg” Salad)
I added garlic, fresh ginger, scallions, carrots, coconut aminos (vegan soy sauce may be substituted) and of course a generous portion of baby bok choy.
I tend to like things on the spicy side so I also added some red pepper flakes. This was the finishing touch that brought the dish together for me. But if you don’t (or can’t) eat red pepper flakes you can omit them or substitute a small amount of chili powder. Either way I have to say this dish is the jam!
Bok Choy Serving Suggestions
This dish makes an excellent side. I ate it along with a giant green leaf salad dressed in an avocado oil vinaigrette. Since the rice is actually cauliflower, it also makes a nice main dish served over white beans or lentils prepared with vegetable broth.