Cauliflower is such an incredibly versatile vegetable. It’s a great substitute for potatoes, rice, and quinoa, and provides such a neutral palette that it can be flavored with any of your favorite spices. One of my personal favorite ways to prepare cauliflower is making it into rice, because it takes much less time to cook than traditional rice. Since you can eat cauliflower raw, all you need to do is heat it up to your desired temperature and it’s ready to eat! No more boiling water and letting rice simmer on the stove for an hour, you can have rice that’s just as good (or better) in less than ten minutes.
I grated my cauliflower by hand, but it can be done faster in a food processor. Don’t be afraid to try this if you don’t have a food processor, it took me less than two minutes to grate the entire head of cauliflower without one. Using the larger side of a cheese grater creates the perfect rice-sized pieces of cauliflower.
This recipe creates very standard cauliflower rice, but feel free to switch it up by adding in your favorite vegetables and spices. You can create Mexican rice, fried rice, or herbed rice with a few switches of ingredients. Try adding a bit of vegetable broth to create a more complex flavor, or make it heartier with a smidge of melted ghee. This recipe is a staple that’s perfect as a side dish as-is, but leaves room for a multitude of other recipes using this as a base.
Cauliflower rice will impress even the biggest rice fans, and is so convincing that they won’t believe you when you tell them you used cauliflower instead! Plus, it provides more health benefits than traditional rice – cauliflower is high in vitamins C, K, and B6, and also provides folate, potassium, fiber, manganese, and phosphorus.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- ½ Vidalia onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- This recipe makes 2-3 servings, depending on the size of your cauliflower.
- Remove leaves and stem from cauliflower; discard. Grate the entire head of cauliflower until it resembles rice.
- Dice the onions and garlic to your desired size.
- Add coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic until slightly browned.
- Add in grated cauliflower, salt, and pepper and stir until heated.
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