Who would have thought that the humble cauliflower would become such a cool vegetable to have on your dinner plate. Cauliflower rice is a nourishing, grain-free, light alternative to conventional rice and is an awesome way to get in that extra serve of veg.
Being winter, cauliflower is in season for us at the moment and I've totally been loading up on this awesome veggie. In fact this week I bought THREE of them. Yep, three whole cauliflowers for just the two of us. What can I say, I kinda like them! This awesome cruciferous vegetable has become a stable in our diet as it's just so versatile, easy to use and tastes delicious (well it's pretty boring on its own but the dishes you can create with it are deeee-licious).
So, how do you use cauliflower rice?
Just as you would normal rice! Cauliflower rice can be used as a side in curries, stews, casseroles and slow cooked meals, instead of cous cous, in salads, sushi and it makes an awesome fried rice too.
Other awesome ways to use cauliflower
It turns out that cauliflower is actually an incredibly versatile veggie. Whilst I am yet to experiment with some of these recipes I thought I'd share them with you since we are talking all things cauliflower.
Cauliflower mash (this recipe is from my favourite cookbook ever Life Changing Food). It uses cauliflower, leek, ghee, chicken broth and salt. It's probably my favourite way to eat cauliflower.
Hidden cauliflower strawberry banana smoothie from Live Eat Learn
Healthy Raspberry & Cauliflower Cheesecake from Free From Heaven
Cauliflower pizza crust from Detoxinista
Benefits of Eating Cauliflower Rice
High in fibre
Extra serve of veg
Neutral in flavour
Rich in phytonutrients
Light & fluffy
How to make cauliflower rice
(makes one large batch)
1 whole cauliflower (or as much as you need, you can always freeze any excess)
1. Cut the cauliflower head in half, removing any green leaves and the core. Cut cauliflower into small florets.
2. Place florets into a food processor and pulse until broken down into rice size pieces (you may have to do this in two batches as to not over fill your food processor).
3. Place rice in steaming basket (if you don't have a steaming basket a heat resistant strainer will work).
4. In a saucepan bring two cups of water to the boil and place steaming basket on top with the lid.
5. Steam for approximately 10 mins or until rice is tender but not soggy.
If you have any questions or comments I would love to help you out. Or if you make this recipe I would love to hear how it went!
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