Dora’s better than Rizi-Bizi!
One of my childhood favorites was “Rizi-Bizi” it is made with rice and peas and usually served as a side dish with meat such as roast chicken, breaded veal or various stews. It is much loved in Hungary, my birth country but the recipe originates from Venice.
I was craving comfort food the other day, I was also hungry and did not want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
I no longer eat rice, due to its high carbohydrate content and relatively low nutritional content. So traditional Rizi-Bizi is out of my life, but with a little imagination, I made an even more international version of Rizi-Bizi in less than 30 minutes.
With my current Paleo lifestyle, whenever I hear rice, I simply think Cauliflower. Since I was hungry, I wanted to make a one-pot dish and not mess around with main and side courses.
After some “hunting and gathering” in my refrigerator, I re-invented Rizi-Bizi as a one pot, part Hungarian, part Venetian, part Paleo, with a bit of Asian Flare! And you know what? It was even better than the original childhood dish and way more nutritious. Instead of empty carbohydrates from rice, I ate a huge plate of vegetables with a modest serving of meat.
4 garlic minced
1 yellow onion minced
1 inch of ginger minced
1lb of organic ground pork
1 cup of chopped carrots
Gluten Free Tamari sauce to taste
1tsp of fish sauce -you can skip this if you hate fish sauce
1 cup of petite peas
Pepper to taste
4-5 cups of minced cauliflower
Add the avocado oil to a large pot and heat over medium heat. Add the minced onions and cook until translucent, then add minced garlic and ginger. Once the flavors pop, add in the ground pork and cook well all the way through while breaking apart big pieces with a wooden spoon.
Stir in the carrots and the Petite Peas, the tamari, and the fish sauce. Let it cook a few minutes, then crack the two eggs into this mixture and stir vigorously until you scrambled around the two eggs. Cover and cook a few minutes further.
Add all the rest of the ingredients; the cauliflower and the green onions. Flavor with ground pepper and more tamari sauce if it needs more salt.
Buon Apetito; Si Prega Di Mangiare. Jó étvágyat, Bon Apetit, Enjoy, Kudasai!
No matter where you are from, you are going to find a little homie comfort food in Dora’s Rizi-Bizi!