I have always thought that potatoes were the most verstile vegetable, providing us with some of my most favorite things- french fries, chips, vodka, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes and on and on and nom. But cauliflower is slowly creeping up the versitility ladder with cauliflower crust pizza, cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’, cauliflower couscous, buffalo cauliflower and cauliflower rice. kapow.
This recipe for how to turn the cauliflower into rice is adapted from theKitchn but the process is fairly easy and all you need is a food processor or vitamix. I made this Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower Rice to add to a burrito bowl recipe that will be posted tomorrow but you could make this as the rice in a number of dishes or served as a side. Its gluten free, low calorie, paleo and girlish figure friendly. Yay. I was truly surprised with how much it actually resembles rice in texture and flavor – I am excited to use this as rice in more dishes in the future but until then, enjoy! xo
Cut the caulifower florets into 1 inch pieces, removing and discarding the core. Add a couple pieces of the florets into the food processor or vitamix and pulse in 1 second intervals until it reaches small pieces that resemble cous cous or rice. It is normal to have a piece here or there that is larger after you pulse so simply put that aside and repulse with the next batch. It took be about 5 rounds before I pulsed the whole head. I ended up with about 4-5 cups of cauliflower rice.
Then prepare the ingredients as stated above, chopping the onion, garlic and cilantro. Over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp of oil and saute the onion for 2 minutes, then adding the garlic and continue to cook until translucent and fragrant. About 5 minutes total. Mix in the cauliflower rice, and cilantro and cook for another 2-3 min, stirring constantly.
add pink salt and pepper to taste, transfer to a serving dish, garnish with cilantro and serve.