Cauliflower rice

Cauliflower RiceMeyer and I have been getting into a lower carb mind set. It’s not that we are really trying to avoid all carbohydrates or really follow a Paleo diet. We’re just being conscious of when we eat lots of carbohydrates and how they make us feel. Cauliflower rice is a great side dish alternative to rice.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love rice.  I just want to be careful about how many times a week I eat rice (and how much I eat in each serving). I’ve been doing a lot of listen to how my body feels after eating. It’s amazing what you can learn from just paying attention to your own body.  Beans we’ve both found to be a no-go.  I’m still on the fence with peanut butter. I know it’s a legume but it’s soooo tasty. Cauliflower-rice-rawIn any case this recipe is about making cauliflower rice. I was very skeptical of cauliflower rice recipes for a long time. They just sounded weird.  But I thought everything is worth one try so I bit the bullet and pulled out the Cuisinart one night. Low and behold it’s really a decent alternative to rice. No, it doesn’t really fool your taste buds but it does look similar. I also like getting another vegetable as a side. I mean you can only roast cauliflower so many times before getting bored with it. This mixes things up a bit. cauliflower-rice-onionMy Cuisinart make quick work of mincing the onions. The bonus is no tears! cauliflower-rice-choppedUse it as well to chop the cauliflower. I like using the pulse button to have more control over the chopping.  That way I can stop it the minute it gets the perfect size. cauliflower-rice-sauteI sauté the onions and cauliflower in a bit of coconut oil (my new favorite cooking oil). I also add in a few cloves of minced garlic about halfway through cooking the cauliflower. This way it doesn’t cook too much and give off a burned flavor. A bit of butter might be nice to finish off the dish.  However, I think a few course grinds of pepper, a sprinkle of salt, and a few sliced scallions on top is perfect. cauliflower rice

I can also see using some seasonings to spice the cauliflower rice up a bit. Maybe some indian spices for a curry. Or some bright french herbs.  I dunno but it would definitely take any flavor you threw at it very well. Maybe just mixing in some pine nuts and raisins.  That would make a perfect faux pilaf.

Cauliflower rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower head, green ribs cut out, washed, and roughly broken into florets
  • 1 medium white onion , peeled and chopped into course pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor. Pulse the onion until finely minced. Set onion aside in a small bowl.
  2. Add cauliflower florets to food processor. Pulse into cauliflower is fined chopped into rice sized pieces.
  3. Set a large sauté pan to medium high. Add oil to heat.
  4. Add minced onion and cook for two minuets until it begins to become translucent.
  5. Add in chopped cauliflower. Stir mixture to combine and evenly cook.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve as a side dish.

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