What's a great substitute for rice?

Roxas, Philippines
March 19, 2018 7:36am CST
I want to reduce my carbohydrate intake. Like most Filipinos, my main source of carbs is rice. A meal seems incomplete without rice What I'm thinking is to avoid carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch. Perhaps for breakfast I can eat fruits and alternate it with oatmeal or combine them. For lunch however, its another story. Any ideas? I would be grateful for your responses and suggestions.
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@marlina (74988)
• Canada
19 Mar
You don't have to quit eating rice altogether , just diminish the quantity. My neighbor is Philipino too and loves rice.
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• Philippines
19 Mar
true. like half a cup of rice, instead of 1 cup per meal.
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
yeah, it's a staple food for us. Filipinos really love to eat rice.
• Calgary, Alberta
19 Mar
This one tasted exactly like rice. I had been eating that for years.
Donate on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hasfit Shop HASfit Tribe store: https://hasfit.myshopify.com/ Cauliflower is a great low carb rice substitue. Lear...
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
Hmm cauliflower as rice. Now that's interesting. I have to check this out. Thanks for sharing this.
• Calgary, Alberta
20 Mar
@jrlcentral This recipe have many versions on Youtube, Just in case you dont have oven or microwave.
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• Philippines
20 Mar
@CaptAlbertWhisker my sister makes mashed cauliflower, instead of mashed potato
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@owlwings (39414)
• Cambridge, England
19 Mar
If cauliflower is available in the Philippines, you can use the finely chopped florets (the creamy white head of the cauliflower) instead of rice. It has a similar texture to rice or couscous but has far less carbohydrate. Here is a page describing how to make it and cook it.
Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable and I’ve grown to love experimenting with it. One of my favorite things to do with this cruciferous vegetable is to turn it into “rice.” Because rice can often leave dishes feeling heavy, it’s nice to substitute a
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
i guess, cauliflower is indeed good as a substitute for rice, @captainalbertwhisker also suggested the same. I will check the link. thanks.
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@Icydoll (22570)
• India
19 Mar
Oatmeal is always good to have in breakfast...no need to avoid carbohydrates ..have a cup of rice with full veggies in lunch.. that's better . carbohydrates are also essential for us.
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
I'm not fully avoiding rice nor carbohydrates, I just want to reduce my intake. I tried veggies and rice for lunch way back in college. that combination actually boosted my endurance. However, I have to prepare the veggies myself if I want a pure veggie and rice. Most of the time people here will cook veggies with some amount of pork and/or shrimp. i want to avoid the meat protien- carbohydrates combination. and yeah, I am planning to have rice on dinner only.
@rakski (18659)
• Philippines
19 Mar
Hi. I am also on the same page as you are. I am trying to lose weight and the first thing i am doing is to reduce rice. Firstly, I was able to avoid rice for breakfast. And instead I make it brunch. For breakfast, I drink one glass of water and eat a fruit. For brunch, I measure my rice and everyday I decrease the measure of rice.
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
Just finished eating half a can of corned tuna with pipino (I forgot the english name of this vegetable). For lunch, I ate three small slices of pork adobo and ampalaya (bitter gourde). Poblem with eating without rice is, I don't feel so full. perhaps drinking lots of water will help. Thanks.
• Philippines
20 Mar
@jrlcentral cucumber. we make a tuna and mackerel spread (1 can each with mayo, salt, pepper) then spread it on wheat bread
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
@hereandthere yeah. Cucumber. Hehe. How could I forget that? Hehe. I make tuna spread from time to time. I got to try the mackerel. Thanks again. Now I have some grocery list to do.
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@allen0187 (33444)
• Philippines
20 Mar
Why don't you limit your rice intake to just half a cup? If you still want to forego rice, try quinoa or shredded broccoli/corn as a rice substitute.
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
Well, I'm not planning to forego rice completely. Just reduce my consumption of it. Or substituting something for it for breakfasts and lunch. Broccoli is a good substitute but quite expensive here. Cauliflower could be a cheaper alternative. Corn could be good too. I love eating corn. Thanks
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@hereandthere (31951)
• Philippines
19 Mar
maybe eat fruit then bread for breakfast, rice for lunch but oatmeal for dinner?
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• Philippines
21 Mar
Maybe you should buy red or brown rice, which what I'm doing now. You don't really need to avoid it, just lessen it. I can tell you it will rebound if you stop with that routine.
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• Roxas, Philippines
22 Mar
Well, my aim is to reduce.. not to avoid. Yeah brown rice or brown rice is good. Black rice is healthy too buy we can't seem to get the right amount of water to cook it properly though heheh. Thanks
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• Philippines
23 Mar
@jrlcentral I was told that you have to let it soak in the water for five minutes. And then one cup would be three cups of water once you start to cook it. At least with brown rice anyway.
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• Roxas, Philippines
23 Mar
@Letranknight2015 Thats good to know. But wow! 1 is to 3. That's a lot of water for a cup of rice. I will try that out soon. Thanks
• Russian Federation
19 Mar
Use potatoes instead of rice maybe
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
Thanks, Masha. Potatoes came into my mind as well. however, I'm not sure if it contains less carb per gram than rice. I have to check it out.
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@rakski (18659)
• Philippines
19 Mar
It depends also on your activities. Try to learn your rice also at dinner. Try to drink water before meals. I hope it will work
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• Roxas, Philippines
20 Mar
this is my plan. I will take rice for dinner only
@AkoPinay (10040)
• Philippines
2 Apr
NONE. Sweet Plantain maybe?