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Coconut-Lime Fried “Rice”

By August 24, 2011December 3rd, 2020Main Dish, Vegetarian, Weight Loss

 Testimony of the Day

“I have been following Maria closely for a couple of years now.  I adapted over time to her grain-free/sugar-free lifestyle.  It definitely didn’t happen overnight for me, but within the time it became an easy habit.  Last August I decided to purchase a package with Maria because I still felt there was a major missing link to my healing.  I knew I was eating pretty good, but I was still having a lot of issues: depression, anxiety, major cravings, sleep issues, a few extra pounds, etc.  I felt like there was something off with my hormones so that is what led me to purchase the package with Maria.  Once I purchased the package Maria sent me a long questionnaire to fill out online.  By the next day, she had gotten back to me with a detailed list of supplements to be taking. She also recommended some blood work to have done to test for deficiencies, etc. I ordered the supplements that day (warning-not cheap but so worth it!). I also started eating according to the meal plan she sent, which made it so easy.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I felt improvements almost instantly. Within the first week, I felt like a new person. I wasn’t completely “cured” but I was well on my way. 

It has now been almost 5 months since I contacted Maria. I am off meds for depression, I sleep so much better, and my anxiety is pretty much gone. I feel happier and more at peace now than I have in years.  My sleep still continues to improve. For me, that was the thing that took the longest to change. I went from sleeping about 4 hours a night and now I am up to between 7-8 each night. For me that is awesome!  I still hope to reach a full 8 hours or more on a consistent basis, and I think I will get there soon.

I would have to say working with Maria is the best money I have ever spent. Mentally and emotionally I am at the best place I have ever been in my life.  I am a better wife and mother in so many ways.  I didn’t realize how debilitating my anxiety and depression were until I started feeling good.  I wake up happy every day now!  I could never put a price on that. -Cami”

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When you hear the words “butter” or “coconut oil” you have been trained to think “heart disease!” Well, I am here to tell you we have been replacing these natural good-mood fats with rancid vegetable oils (corn/canola/soybean) overloaded with omega 6 fats. Butter and coconut oil, actually protect the omega-3s in our brain. Outside of mother’s milk, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT); they are extraordinary fats because they are not processed by your body in the same manner as long-chain triglycerides. Coconut oil increases thermogenesis, which increases metabolism and produces energy. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil go directly to the liver and are immediately converted to energy, we call these KETONES. It also increases metabolism because it is easily absorbed and produces organelles in our cells. We have studied cows and other animals with different fats:

Feed animals vegetable oils = put on weight and produce fatty meat

If you feed them coconut oil = very lean

Normal fat metabolism depends on bile salts that have been released from your gallbladder before broken down in your digestive system. Coconut oil bypasses bile metabolism and go directly to your liver where they are converted into ketones.
The liver immediately releases KETONES into the bloodstream transported to the brain to be used as fuel.


Ketones = stable source of energy for the brain during periods of low blood sugar without the harmful neurological side effects associated with high blood sugar.

Ketones = preferred source of brain food in people affected by diabetes or any neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, & Multiple Sclerosis. In these conditions, the brain can no longer use glucose for fuel so we need to use an alternative source…ketones!

Ketones = help heart patients recover from a heart attack and they can dramatically shrink cancerous tumors.

fried rice

So let’s use some flavorful coconut oil to help our brain and body!

1/4 cup lime juice
2 TBS organic Tamari (soy sauce)
1/2 tsp stevia glycerite (or 2 TBS Swerve)
1 TBS grated lime peel
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 TBS coconut oil, divided
3 eggs, beaten
1 TBS minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
4 cups cauliflower “rice”
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

SAUCE: Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

“RICE”: Place the cauliflower heads into a food processor (click HERE to find the one I use), pulse until small pieces of ‘rice.’ Set aside.

Add 1 TBS of the oil to skillet; stir-fry eggs over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until scrambled but still moist. Remove eggs.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and ginger to skillet; stir-fry 40 to 60 seconds or until fragrant. Add zucchini and cauliflower “rice”. Increase heat to medium-high; stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in the sauce until combined. Stir in egg, cilantro, half of the nuts, and half of the coconut. Serve topped with remaining nuts and coconut. Makes 6 servings.

Traditional Fried Rice = 390 calories, 12g fat, 9g protein, 61g carbs, 2g fiber (59g effective carbs)
“Healthified” Fried Rice = 220 calories, 19.8g fat, 6.3g protein, 7.3g carbs, 3.1g fiber (4.2g effective carbs)

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • ravengal says:

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. I’m really enjoying your recipes and the nutritional “side-by-side” commentary you post with them. Very thought provoking.

  • Thank you for your kind words!!!

  • Holly J says:

    Maria this recipe does look good! Is the egg in it enough protein for a meal or would you serve it as a side dish with chicken or shrimp? Also when it says serves 6 do you yourself limit it to the single serving and portion out the rest for later? I am always trying to learn what portions should be.

    Maria, I really really enjoy your blog site and FB!!! Thank you so much. 🙂

  • scall0way says:

    Wow, this looks awesome. I *have* to try it, but will have to wait a week or two since my house is just about empty of food and cooking utensils, until I get settled in my new home in Florida.

  • Awe! Florida! I will be envious of you when I am stuck in the snow;)

  • I would serve this on it’s own. Too much protein can cause insulin to rise too. But if you are like me, I love shrimp with this dish!

  • Anonymous says:

    I know a keto-genic diet is also used to cure bad cases of Epilepsy in children when medicine does not help. I work with a child who is on it now and who it has helped immensely.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your blog!!! Do you have a recipes index? It would be so helpful! I can’t find it on the site… thank you!!!

  • Thanks SO much for your kind words! No, I don’t have an index. I’m a bonehead with technology! My cookbook has a great layout though;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Have you tested your glucose levels pre and post ingestion of Just Like Sugar? I know you love the stuff. I do, too, but it’s expensive and, with me, spikes my glucose levels by about 20 points after ingestion. Not horrible…but certainly a spike.
    I don’t think the ‘no carbs’ advertising is completely accurate. My body recognizes it as a carb. What has been your experience? Thanks!

  • Wow! Very interesting!!! I haven’t tested with Just Like Sugar.

    Can I ask if you have tested with erythritol or xylitol?

    Thanks for the info!

  • Anonymous says:

    No, have not. Thought I’d test the Just Like Sugar due to its expense. I will admit – it makes good cookies! But I question the advertising. Probably much better than sugar, but not without its downside.
    The quest for the perfect sweetener continues….

  • I really appreciate your information and taking the time to write!;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Blood sugar remained steady with Truvia. So stevia/erythritol seems to be truly zero carb. I question the Just Like Sugar in that regard. It probably is their “net carb” concept…the fiber cancels out the carbs. I don’t think that works.

  • Wow! You are the best! Thanks for checking!;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Not a problem. With this important information now in hand…can you make more recipes with Truvia and/or Truvia as an alternative to Just Like Sugar?
    I love your recipes, your posts, etc…just can’t sacrifice the blood sugar spikes.

  • This will help:

    Most of my recipes will call for erythritol and stevia glycerite. I use these seperate to help keep my costs down. In any recipe you can use ZSweet, Truvia, Organic Zero, Xylitol or Just Like Sugar. In order to use a different product, use the same amount of sweetener for the amount of erythritol in the recipe and omit the stevia (except for Organic Zero, that is only erythritol and you will still need stevia for sweetness).
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup ZSweet
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Truvia
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Just Like Sugar
    1 cup erythritol and 1 tsp stevia = 1 cup Organic Zero and 1 tsp stevia

    Thanks Again!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for that info, Maria…
    so if I understand it correctly, if a recipe calls for 1 cup Just Like Sugar, we can just substitute 1 cup Truvia? Am I reading this right?

  • Anonymous says:

    Is soybean oil like in store mayo bad as well? If it doesn’t say hydrogenated? Im really trying to change my diet but it’s very hard with everything in the store containing these ingredients. So I was wondering if you could elaborate on what I should really stay away fro and what is ok? I switched to nitrate free meats and now for the dressings, oils, and such? Im cutting out all sugar and grains as well.

    • Yes, sorry. There are some out there without it, you just have to be a detective. You are on the right track! I tell my clients that it is all about baby steps. Just cut out one thing at a time and before you know it, your pantry will be made over! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    so when a recipe calls for stevia glycerate and erythritol and just like sugar, can we still apply your sugar substitues above?

    • In most cases, yes. I experiment with different sweeteners in a recipe and find what works best and put that in the ingredients. But when making carmel (or anything that needs to carmelize) or ice cream keep with what is recommended.

  • Anonymous says:

    also can you tell me if the stevia glycerate you use and the sweetleaf stevia extract taste very similar?

  • I haven’t tried that brand. Glycerite is a non-bitter form of stevia and that is why I recommend it. You can give it a try. 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you soo Much!! I love your blog! A lot of friends are saying that eating high fats and meats has proven to be very cancerous with Heterocyclic Amines-HCA and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons-PAH’s that are released during the cooking process. Do you know much about that? Thanks in advance!

    • Most of that talk comes from the China Study and the movie Forks over Knives. This is a great analysis of the China Study. She used to be Raw Vegan and is now Low Carb after health issues. http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/

  • Anonymous says:

    Is grapeseed oil ok to cook in? If not, is it ok for making mayo and dressings? Also is palm oil ok in peanut butter? Thanks Maria

    • Grape seed oil is OK, but there are better options. I typically use Butter and Coconut oil for cooking (sometimes Safflower oil with i fry for high heat) and use other oils for non-cooked items for the flavor (olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, etc). Palm oil is ok too. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    What will happen if I use all almond flour instead of 1/2 cup of coconut flour in your turtle pie? I can’t find coconut flour anywhere.

  • Stacy says:

    Maria, can you also do this rice recipe with cashews, or are cashews not a preferred nut? I would soak them first, of course.

    • Cashews are some of the highest carbs for nuts. 1 cup has 40g net carbs vs. 13g for almonds. Just be careful on the amount you use. 🙂

    • Stacy says:

      Wow that is a huge difference. Glad I asked because I saw an interesting recipe using cashews to make a soft bread roll and was going to try it. I may still, but I’ll give it to my kids who can handle more carbs than I can.

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