Cauliflower

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower has been trending in the foodie world lately and for good reason. The vegetable is super versatile, low carb and nutritious. One of my favorite ways is to eat it like rice or cut it into steak like shapes and roast it. Making cauliflower rice is very easy and much cheaper than buying the pre-packaged one which can sometimes have preservatives added.  

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

2 Easy Steps to Perfect Cauliflower Rice:

  • All you need is a fresh and healthy looking head of cauliflower without too many brown bruises. Remove the leaves, cut off any brown bits and cut the head into 8 pieces.  

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  • Place 4 pieces of cauliflower in the food processor at a time and hit the pulse button to gently break down the cauliflower. I find that I only need to hit the pulse button 3 times to achieve the perfect rice like pieces. This also depends on the type of food processor you have. 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice in Food Processor

After you are done processing the second batch the result will be a large bowl filled with cauliflower rice that you can use for any dish. You can even freeze it in batches for at least a week for quick weeknight dinners. 

3 Easy Cauliflower Rice Recipes:

  • Simple Herb Cauliflower Rice: Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon olive oil and and sauté 1 finely chopped medium onion with 2 cloves garlic. Add the fresh rice to onion mix and sauté  for about 4 minutes till cauliflower is cooked but not too soft. Add chopped parsley, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice from half a lemon. Mix and serve immediately.
  • Cauliflower Rice Biryani: If you love spicy biryanis but want to switch things up or are trying to lower your carb intake, this is the perfect dish. All you need to do is substitute rice with cauliflower rice in your usual biryani recipe and voila! It really tastes so good. 
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice: Sauté onions, garlic and ginger in a large wok or pan with olive oil for about 3 minutes. Add sliced carrots, green beans, red bell pepper and saute for another 3 minutes. Lastly add the rice and roughly chopped bok choy. Add half a teaspoon sesame oil, 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce and a tsp oyster sauce. Cook for another 3 minutes and serve with protein of choice.

 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice
What are your favorite ways to cook cauliflower? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. Need another cauliflower recipe? check out my Hearty Vegetable Curry recipe and read about the benefits of cauliflower here.

 

 

Meatless Monday: Rice and Cauliflower Gratin

It’s Meatless Monday and I am excited about today’s rice and cauliflower gratin recipe. I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs The Sprouted Kitchen and I am in love. This recipe is very simple and absolutely yummy. The main ingredients you will need are rice, cauliflower, cheese and milk. The dish is great by itself however I served mine with black bean patties and a tomato avocado salsa. 

Ingredients
2 cups rice ( I used Trader Joe’s basmati and wild rice mix)
1 head cauliflower cut into small pieces
2 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp flour
1 medium onion chopped
2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
3 large cloves garlic
1 tsp dried Italian herb
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
freshly ground pepper and salt
Directions

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook rice. When rice is cooked set aside to cool then flash boil cauliflower for 4 minutes making sure it is is not overcooked. Add the cooked cauliflower to rice and mix gently.
– Melt butter in a hot saucepan then add onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.
– Add flour to onion mix, cook for a minute and add milk. Reduce heat to medium and continue stirring until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add cheese, 1/2 the parsley, nutmeg, Italian herb and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour sauce into rice mixture. 
– Add salt and pepper to your liking then place mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle some more cheese on the top and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and cook for another 5 minutes until golden brown.
– Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining parsley on the top. Serve warm.
Rice and cauliflower casserole
This is one of my favorite rice dishes, I would love to know your favorite rice dish ?

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