Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower Fried Rice

I am a person whose everyday life pretty much revolves around what I am going to eat next. I wish I was that person who just eats because food is fuel or who doesn't have a sweet tooth, but I am definitely not...I honestly pretty much turn into a monster if I don't have something sweet every day. Although this is not ideal for a clean diet, it just means that I have to find ways to "healthify" my favorite foods. I am of the camp where one or two pounds isn't worth sacrificing all of the joy in my life for.

So, in honor of this motto, I have set out to "healthify" some of my favorite dishes and share them with you :) 

If you've ever been to Benihana, you know just how BOMB fried rice can be. I absolutely love Chinese and Japanese food, but it is hard to fit a lot of my favorite dishes into a healthy diet. So for the first of our "Healthify" series, we will be sharing a recipe for Teriyaki Chicken and "Fried Rice".

This recipe is soooo tasty, easy to make, and is perfect for spicing up your meal prep a bit. I do have to caution sodium levels, though. I tend to get carried away with soy sauce and sriracha post recipe, so if you are like me, just try and be conscious of how much you are adding. If you are cooking for more than one or plan on having leftovers, I would double or triple the "fried rice". I thought I would have leftovers, but took it all down in one sitting :0

The step by step directions for the recipe will be below this quick video. ENJOY :)

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

     -1 ~1lb package of Chicken Thighs (you can sub chicken breast for lower cal/lower fat)

     -1/2 cup Soyaki

Place the Chicken Thighs in a ziploc bag and pour in enough soyaki to fully coat the chicken ~1/2 cup. Make sure the chicken is evenly covered and stick it in the fridge to marinade for 2hrs - overnight. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook chicken for 30 mins, flip, and cook for 30 more minutes.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

     - 1 cup - Cauliflower (you can find either fresh or frozen cauliflower rice at trader joes, if you don't live by a TJs, there is a recipe for making cauliflower rice at the end of this post)

     - 1/2 cup - Chopped Carrots

     - 1/2 cup - Broccoli

     - 1/2 cup - Onions

     - 1/2 cup - green onions

     - 2 - Cloves of garlic

     - 1 egg + 1 egg white

     - 1 tbsp - Sesame Oil

     - 2 tbsp - Soy Sauce

     - 1 tbsp - Sesame Seeds

    Directions

    Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of sesame oil to the heated pan and saute the onions,     carrots, garlic and broccoli for 5 min. Add the cauliflower rice and cook for 5 more min. Beat         the egg and the egg white in a bowl. Push all ingredients to one side of the pan and add the           beaten eggs. Once the eggs are scrambled, mix them in and top the rice with soy sauce,                 sesame seeds, and green onions.

Note: my friends make fun of me for all of the different ingredients I use to cook, but I've come to learn that the smallest ingredients can make the biggest difference. If you substitute the sesame oil with any other oil, the dish will not taste the same. Also, if you don't add the sesame seeds, the dish will not taste the same. If you're not buying it, ask yourself if a sesame seed bagel tastes the same as a plain bagel...the small details matter sometimes :)