Meyer 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. In 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. My Cuisinart make quick work of mincing the onions. The bonus is no tears! Use 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. I 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.
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.
- 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
- Using a food processor. Pulse the onion until finely minced. Set onion aside in a small bowl.
- Add cauliflower florets to food processor. Pulse into cauliflower is fined chopped into rice sized pieces.
- Set a large sauté pan to medium high. Add oil to heat.
- Add minced onion and cook for two minuets until it begins to become translucent.
- Add in chopped cauliflower. Stir mixture to combine and evenly cook.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve as a side dish.