Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

This Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry is a healthy delicious cozy comfort dish, packed with vegetables, good enough to share with a friend!

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

Friends, my daughter, Abby, is guest posting today, up in Seattle at college, and sharing a delicious Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry recipe!

Here’s Abby …

Few things are drearier than a Seattle winter. For me, winter quarter at school is the hardest by far. Waking up to dark skies, walking to early morning classes in the rain, and watching the sun set at 4:30, drains my energy.

Seasonal affective disorder—or SAD—is a reality for many Seattleites. SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year. Its prominent cause is a lack of sunlight. This disorder can be detected by variety of symptoms: weight gain, loss of interest in usual activities, moodiness, cravings for carbohydrates (but let’s be real, I crave bread and pasta year round), and sleeping more, but having less energy.

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

These symptoms describe the entirety of my winter quarter each year. The lack of energy, loss of interest, and depressed mood throw me into a pit that seems almost impossible to escape from. However, I have a couple cures for the Seattle greys—I say “greys” rather than “blues,” because blue skies are also scarce during Seattle winters.

Theses cures include taking vitamin D, listening to Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” on repeat, and perhaps the most effective cure: Friendship. I was reminded this quarter about how essential relationships are. Nothing can replace an authentic, supportive confidant. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by people who, despite my regression and shutting down, continuously throw me a rope, to pull me out of my Seattle winter funk.

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

One such person is my best friend, Molly. We met on the very first day of college orientation, and have been best friends ever since. I could go on for paragraphs about my love and admiration for Molls, but I’ll summarize my thoughts in a Rupi Kaur Poem:

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that” —Rupi Kaur

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

I thank God for putting friends in my life who have broken mountains with their wit and resilience, friends like Molly and so many others.

Having deep relationships with these friends will get you through a Seattle winter, I promise.

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

I’ve been enjoying cooking when I get a chance, in my dorm, and mom has sent me up some gift cards to buy groceries. :)
I made this Honey Ginger Cauliflower Stir Fry for Molly and me to indulge in, on a rainy Friday night in Seattle. (Did you see the Space Needle?)
Cauliflower rice is light and fluffy, like couscous, and you can buy it already riced (in small pieces), at Trader Joe’s or Costco. Or you can pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they’ve broken down into tiny granules.
Enjoy!
Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

Cauliflower rice is light and fluffy, like couscous, and you can buy it already riced (in small pieces), at Trader Joe’s or Costco. Or you can pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they’ve broken down into tiny granules.

Ingredients:

  • HONEY GINGER SAUCE:
  • 2 Tbsp.  sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 6 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • STIR FRY VEGGIES:
  • 3/4 c. coarsely chopped green onion
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 c. snow peas
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 c. cauliflower rice
  • 3 chicken breast, cubed
  • Avocado (optional)

Directions:

  1. In large pan, heat sesame oil. When hot, fry eggs. Add cauliflower rice and 1/3 of the ginger honey sauce. Cook until cauliflower is soft.
  2. In separate pan, add chicken and 1/3 of the honey ginger sauce. Cook chicken until it is almost fully cooked and add chopped bell pepper, zucchini, green onion, and snow peas. Add remaining sauce and cook until veggies are soft and chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Layer cauliflower rice, chicken, and veggie stir fry. Garnish with green onion or avocado.
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More cauliflower recipes:

Cauliflower Bacon Fried Rice

Cauliflower Bacon Gratin (for Easter!)

Cauliflower White Cheddar Cheese Soup

Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry

9 comments on “Honey Ginger Chicken Cauliflower Stir Fry”

  1. Great post Abby!!! We here in NH also struggle with winter grey :) I find a sun lamp also helps. 
    Is OR more sunny??
    this looks yummy what is cauliflower rice? how do you make it?? 
    Here’s to hoping spring comes soon. 

  2. Looks delicious!  I don’t see Honey listed as the ingredients, and wondered how much honey goes into the recipe?

  3. Great post! My college daughter also suffers from SAD in Portland…I am going to forward your post. She will love Rupi Kaur poem. Thank you for writing!

  4. YUM. I need to try this. Love this post and how beautifully transparent she was. Great job Winters are definitely hard in the NW especially when blue skies are few and far between. I don’t do “dark” and “dreary” well, though probably not to the point of SAD, but definitely can tell a little difference. Great job to your Abby!

  5. I loved the post Abby. And I feel inspired to brave a try of Cauliflower Rice (I have never liked the smell of Cauliflower cooking) Daniel suffered with SAD while a student, living in a no windows apt @ Newberg. We got him a UV lamp and he found in addition to the Vit D., Magnesium makes a difference. But good friendships, cooking meals with and for friends, were the best antidote he found by far!

  6. Abby, what a blessing this is. My daughter, too. (And me too.) Vitamin D3 – I take 10k on days when I remember and I absolutely force myself to get out of the house. 

  7. Oh Abby, I think of you so often!! You write beautifully just like your mama! (and dada! ;) ) I can only imagine the winter grays…I don’t think I would fare well honestly. I’m so glad you have your friend!
    This is such a great meal and I’ve been wanting to experiment with cauliflower rice more now that I’ve been picking it up at TJs. I’m going to try this!

  8. This was so beautiful, Abby! I suffer from SAD – as does my mom and my grandpa did as well. It’s a horrible thing, but I am always so so happy for the new life of spring!

    Keep writing!!

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