Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cauliflower Rice

If you're looking for a substitute for white or brown rice - you're in luck.  Cauliflower can be 'ground up' in a food processor and made into rice.  I was a bit skeptical about how it would taste, even though I do like cauliflower.  I thought it would taste so different than rice that I wouldn't like it.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I could just eat the cauliflower rice by itself!  It was so tasty!  You can serve a multitude of dishes over the rice.  Spaghetti sauce with meatballs, sweet and sour meat dishes, you could make it into fried rice, throw a bit of it in your morning pan of eggs... just so many options - I'm sure you all can come up with things on your own!!  The best part of this recipe is that it's just so basic.  3 ingredients (not counting the sea salt and pepper).  Get out your food processor and get ricing! :)

This is a paleo & clean eating option.

Cauliflower Rice

1 head cauliflower
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (extra if needed)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Remove florets from the head of cauliflower and process in food processor in batches the size of your processor until they have a rice-like consistency.  Takes probably a minute - sometimes chunks get left, so just leave them in for the next batch.  Rice the whole head of cauliflower.  In a medium skillet heat olive oil and saute onion in olive oil until transluscent.  Add the cauliflower 'rice' and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper (you can add more or less according to your preference).  Stir and cover pan so the rice can saute with the onion - cook over medium-low to low heat to reduce the chance it will burn.  It's possible it will dry out a little bit during cooking and you will have to add another tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook around 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally until rice is cooked through.

Nutrition information from www.fatsecret.com based on 4 servings.
Per serving: Calories - 78, Fat - 3.55g, Cholesterol - 0mg, Sodium - 189mg, Potassium - 478mg, Carbs - 10.57g, Fiber - 4g, Sugars - 4.63g, Protein 3.12g

Also has 114% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C based on a 2000 calorie diet

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